Time Travels: Quick Commute
The Green Line never moved this fast
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The time-lapse above captures an afternoon commute on the MBTA’s Green Line B-train, beginning at Blandford Street at around 3 p.m., and ending at Harvard Avenue. The shot interval was one second and the video was encoded at 10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.