How did you create the Sky Tower time-lapse that appears in the exhibition?
I had this time-lapse in my mind for a couple of years, but never had the motivation to do it ‘cause I knew it would be a lot of work. I had seen a similar idea of it done before, with single photos taken around a central point. I wanted to get the effect of going around and around the Sky Tower. I used a website called Auckland GIS which enabled me to print a map of central Auckland. I then drew a circle from the centre of the Sky Tower at a radius that intersected with several points that I thought would work great for the concept I had planned. I had that map on my phone, so I would walk around the city and hit a point, and adjust myself on the street to get the right distance from the Sky Tower, that way I could be sure that all my shots would look similar.
What techniques did you use to get the final piece?
There are three types of shots that I used in that time-lapse. There are single time-lapses where I am standing still and over the course of 30 mins - 1 hour I would shoot about 150 frames - I did that in about fifteen different spots. Then I did three hyper-lapses which is a moving time-lapse in which you move your camera a few feet, take one shot, over and over again. The final one that I did was a day to night hyper-lapse leaving the city where I had to adjust my exposure length to deal with the fading light. I wanted to give the effect of going around the tower, into the middle, then you shoot off down the road away from the city. In total I hyper-lapsed about 1500 metres while trying to take a photo every meter which took me about 6 hours to shot over 3 different days.
How long did it take you to do the piece?
I started planning it in February and finished in early September. During that time I did eight ventures into the city to scout out the shots and create it all. I completed it the weekend before the deadline, so it was very much down to the wire.