Pixel-lapse photography

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Pixel-lapse photography

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Steven his digital photo-art method –

“Pixel-lapse” combines the temporal nature of long exposure photography and the precise organization of the digital matrix. By creating an image one pixel at a time, each part of the image shows different captured moments. In the end, each image not only has dimension but also gains duration and velocity.

In addition to my personal gallery, the Pixel-lapse contains Mac and PC Max/MSP standalones that visitors can download to create their own images which then can be shared to an online gallery (also at pixel-lapse.com).

Reminscient of some scanner camera experments I’ve seen.

The software worked quite well – keep in mind that part of the software’s functionality is that it uploads the lapsed pic to the online gallery – hence this lovely portrait of yours truly –

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fetching, no? – Pixel-lapse

28 thoughts on “Pixel-lapse photography

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Collin Cunningham says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    No. This just looks like a broken camera and the software used to make it is too naive to be interesting.

    First improvement that comes to mind would be to use a more creative way to select the pixels than left-to-right, top-down. Randomly? A cluster of pixels at a time? Pixels that changed color between frames?

  4. Anonymous says:

    well, i think it’s fetching!

  5. hhee says:

    This is so [removed] ugly, unbelieveable that anyone would put even a minute effort in it. One can do everything- or just let it be.

    [editor’s note: removed curses, but i will not fix your spelling errors – pt]

  6. hhee says:

    On his page he apparantly has nude pics of himself in bed taken in pixel lapse. What a distorted mind!

  7. Deektec says:

    While it may be an interesting technical process, the resulting visual is less than stunning.

    Yeah, you could probably figure out how to build a boat out of poop, but why would you want to?

  8. jammit says:

    Philistines! I like how the background looks normal, but the people look distorted, like they’re “slipping” in and out of real life.

  9. Collin Cunningham says:

    I guess I should rethink my planned “HOW TO – build a poop-boat” post


  10. Phillip Torrone says:

    @hhee – i’m going to edit your post, please keep it civil, don’t curse and if you don’t have something nice to say – say it on digg or slashdot :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Please check EffecTV: http://effectv.sourceforge.net/

    The “puptv” effect seems to be quite similar to this. There are also many other effects.

  12. Dave Chatting says:

    Daniel Rozin’s Time Scan Mirror is a nice example of this kind of system – this runs left-to-right:


  13. Anonymous says:

    I agree. There is a great tradition of this type of work, from slit cameras to circuit cameras and everything modern.

    The Daniel Rozin reminds me a bit of the experimental photogrpahic work of Andrew Davidhazy in the late 60s and 1970s.

  14. cjc15153 says:

    This project is less appealing to me than the scanner camera because with each picture 99.999% of the information is discarded. Why take the information if you aren’t going to use it. Think of the electrons!

    It would be conceptually (and I suspect aesthetically) more appealing if the camera treated the chosen pixel as THE important region of the photo and adjusted exposure, saturation, etc. to provide the truest rendering of that point.

    PS:I know you can make a boat out of concrete, so I am intrigued by the poop (steer manure?) boat idea.

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