Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The camera films a different time signature

A recent WIRED magazine article describes new high-speed cameras that can stretch incredibly fast action into minutes. This results in footage that slows action down to the smallest of elements. The entire article can be found online here.

The most amazing view is of a hummingbird as it feeds. The discovery, apparently, is the way the bird stores the water in its outstretched throat. But the most fascinating part of the film is the the hummingbird's flight: watch the wings. Incredible grace; they almost flow with every beat. The human eye only sees a mad blur of wing. The camera demonstrates how fluid and powerful the wings' ballet truly is.

1 comment:

Karen J. Weyant said...

Hi David,

I just wanted to drop you a short note to say that my blog has moved. My new home:


Hope to see you this summer? Maybe? What week will you be at Chautauqua?