Photo 101, Weekend 3: A moment, in motion

Syracuse University graduate students at work on a stop-action video project.

Syracuse University graduate students at work on a stop-action video project.

This Photo 101 assignment — “Moment & Motion” — instructed us to capture a small moment that is part of a big event. Either the camera, or something in the frame, should be in motion.

The photo above shows three graduate students at Syracuse University working on a stop-action video project.

The final video will be about 2 minutes long, but each second required 24 separate still photographs. The math alone is daunting (120 seconds x 24 shots = 2,884 photos). It is a labor-intensive task, to say the least, and it kept these students up until the wee hours just about every night for a week — during spring break.


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11 Responses to Photo 101, Weekend 3: A moment, in motion

  1. ksbeth says:

    cool shot, it takes a lot to make a little sometimes –


  2. Wow! That is a huge commitment of time and energy for that SU video project. What’s it about. Jim, your photo captured the moment perfectly. 😉

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  3. Jim McKeever says:

    Thanks, Judy … It’s about drug abuse, using the four seasons as a symbol. That’s a tree on the floor, and the student lying there has to mimic movements toward the tree, while leaves appear on the branches, bloom and then “fall,” giving way to winter. Each shot required the students (and occasionally, yours truly) to crawl out onto the floor and move leaves an inch or two. Over and over and over ….! I’m looking forward to seeing the video, believe me!


  4. Wow that is a huge project, but fun I bet!

    When I was in grade 5, my favourite teacher of all time, started a movie club, which I joined. One of our projects was to make an animated movie which we did by drawing a huge city scene and then creating separate cut outs of people, cars, clouds, birds, etc., and placing them, shooting a frame, moving them slightly, shooting another frame and so on. It took for ever to create our movie, but it was so much fun!

    Love the photo you selected for today’s challenge and the memories it inspired for me Jim! ❤
    Diana xo

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  5. Donna says:

    Wow it will be awesome to see the video.


  6. Amy says:

    The lighting gives it a surreal feel.

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  7. markbialczak says:

    Great effort by all involved, Jim.

    Warning to you, my friend. Tomorrow morning I have a post coming out responding to being tagged in the 5-Post B&W challenge. The premise is that you publish one black-and-white photo with five posts in a row, and tag somebody else to get in on the thing. So, at 7 a.m. my first of five comes out, and you are my tag. You can play or ignore. 🙂

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