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Time Travels: Comm Ave by Car

Sharpen the reflexes for this drive

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This time-lapse should be familiar to anyone who has commuted to the Charles River Campus by car. Shooting began around 2 p.m. at Brighton Avenue and continued at one-second intervals through Kenmore Square, over the Mass Ave Bridge, ending at MIT. The video was encoded at 15 frames per second.  

The technique of time-lapse photography has been around for years, but never seems to get old. This year, with the help of mechanical engineering student and photography enthusiast Peter Moriarty (ENG’11), BU Today is bringing you familiar sights in a way you’ve never seen them before.

The key to successful time-lapse photography is to determine how to manipulate time to produce the most interesting images. The photographer must set two key variables. First, how often do you want the camera to record an image? Second, once you’ve gathered images, how quickly do you want to play them?

Got an idea for a time-lapse on or around campus? Share it with us. Think large or small, indoors or out. If we follow through in our weekly series, you’ll get credit, but even better, we’ll all get a great new set of images and a deeper appreciation of where we stand, and live.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

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