Monday, April 16, 2012

Canon 5D Mark II HDR Time-Lapse Video of Abandoned Asylum

Oooooh! Spooky!

Well, it is. This is one of the best I've seen. (Better, more atmospheric than most 'paranormal investigators in abandoned insane asylum' movies).

Here's a bit of the write up from the producers, Voder:
  • Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched – left as they were when the last of the employees departed. These buildings stand as a testament to the horrors and miss treatment that patients had to endure during the time of its operation. 
  • Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult. 
  • This project is a combination of traditional HDR, tone-mapping, and standard time-lapse techniques. With the use of the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero and a Merlin head, we were able to capture the grit and the grime of this wondrous place, like it had never been captured before. Every single frame in this production is a still photograph, no video was shot. It took nearly 35,000 individual frames over 7 months to complete this project. 
(More tech info)

HDR, if you don't know, stands for High Dynamic Range. The technique allows for capturing the bright(est) and dark(est) parts of a scene in a single image. Usually, it's way overdone, capturing an extreme dynamic range that looks silly, but in this video they used some discretion and the results are a bit pastel, kinda gritty and tactile, you-are-there, and (to me) very creepy.

(Don't forget to bump the rez up to 720p. Control appears lower right after you click start. After. You got to click start for the control to appear. I know -- don't ask).


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