The Sandpit

Director Sam O’Hare encapsulates a day in the life of a New Yorker via tilt-shift photography. Scattering about like little ants to push their daily routine buttons ranging from A-Z. Very often, we go about our ways missing the tangible processes that build and layer objects around us to make them function as we know. This film breaks down the performance of a daily routine in a miniature maquette/stop-motion-like movement, so that our eyes are able to adjust properly and focus on dissecting this very process.

Here’s an interview on how this film was made, and the thoughts and ideas which inspired the artist:

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. […] I shot over 35,000 [stills].

I did some initial tests a while back using a rented 24mm tilt-shift lens, which is the standard way to do this. However, after my tests, I found it made much more sense to do this effect in post, rather than in camera […] The entire shoot was completed in 5 days and two evenings, during the hottest week of August 2009


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