Bugs + street light + long exposure

Michigan-based filmmaker Charlie McCarthy shot 156 photographs of insects flying around a street light, each at a four second exposure. He then put them together at 12 frames per second to make this delightful little film…

Michigan-based filmmaker Charlie McCarthy shot 156 photographs of insects flying around a street light, each at a four second exposure. He then put them together at 12 frames per second to make this delightful little film…

Aren’t the corkscrew spirals great? Via Andrew Sullivan’s blog.

Charlie’s main Vimeo page is here and the Flight Patterns film, here.

 

  • cara

    I really like this, it looks like animation.

  • will

    sweet work

  • It really does look as an animation. What a nice and simple idea!

  • Wow – a crazy idea that gives creates a wonderful effect. I love it!

  • badger

    very nice. loving the track up the pole too.

  • Brunowski

    That’s really nice. Makes you wonder what the bugs were up to!

  • tom

    nice photos but the animation effect’s been done with considerably more finesse here;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUtfpEtzZzY

  • It cool how that one spiral shape keeps appearing. Either he’s re-using shots or there one crazy bug around that light

  • alex

    he only took 156 shots, 12 frames per second, 156/12= 13 second long? of course he’s re-using shots silly.

    really nice simple idea. love it.

  • interesting choice of music, lovely idea.

  • schnabz

    Like this! Crazy insects, they don’t know where they’re going. It’s way better than the ITV YouTube link Tom put up. I like that it’s like a Super8 video, all jaunty. Great stuff! Who cares if it repeats…

  • moi

    to be honest, i preferred the still to the film…seemed more magical. i didnt think the soundtrack worked that great with it either, but hey its a damn good idea, and the still at the top is simply beautiful :)