Hello fellow chronotimelapsers of the world!
Here we are, Ralf & Rolf (Nacho & Iñigo) from Madrid with our submission for the contest.
We made two shots, not being happy with the first one, we decided to give it another try! Our set consists in frozen hands lightened with thin and long candles. They both melt during time, being the candles the fastest of course with about 1:15 burning time. No other lights were used. The trickiest part was the iced hands to not fall off. That's why we made a second shot, because in the first one they got screwed in the first frames due to movement on the plates : ((
The first shot consists in 4 hands with different water tint colors. We made a shot of about 260 frames with around 200 frames of focus pull (60 frames aprox are for lighting all and off the candle array). Focus pull change was 1,2 meter. We printed strips of black/white/black stripes with 0,33mm separation wich were almost invisible xD We taped these strips to the lense focus ring in order to make the focus steps visible.
For the second shot we decided to go a bit further and risky! We thought about why not make the frozen hands move towards the camera during the timelapse??!!It's rail time !! So we took out our Chronos Lite and prepared the set with the carriage moving along the candles with the frozen hands on top of it! We used this time only two hands, wich were put in a plastic squared tray with a bit of foam tape to avoid the hands falling! It worked for mostly all of the shot but one of the two hands fall in the last frames ! Even though its nice! Chronos was a bit wet during the travel but no troubles at all ^^ !
We did around 270 shots with 200 shots with pull and carriage movement. We used a Canon 70-200L lens for the shot. Cause the subject will move towards the camera we had to make a DOUBLE pull following the object in focus and frame all the way up ! Yay ^^ ! We pulled both focus (around 1M) and Zoom (from 200mm to 130mm) to be able to mantain the subject in frame! Screwed a bit with the background because it was full black and its more difficult to appreciate the retrozoom, but the effect is nice! We used again printed markings and tape with both rings. You can see it in the BTS shots. We apologize for the defocus of the BTS shot : ( Apparently the crappy 50mm that we used started to shift the focus downwards due to the weight in zenital position. YES, it HAPPENS. We can send a crop of the other BTS shot in which it can be seen the lens moving downwards during the timelapse. Ghosts !
We used all shots and bts for the video to show the work. It was quite hard we have to admit! We used intervals between 15 and 12 seconds (because the candles melted fast and we had to fit the whole interval in that time) and it was a mess to do all the actions (pulls, focus checks, zoom, shooting, taking care of the rail, candles and excess of water in the tray, etc) in that short time. We used Chronos motor sound to make the interval. We fired the camera manually with a remote shoot trigger. When the chronos motor ended moving, fast double pull and shot!
Here are some BTS pictures
It was a very nice experience and we hope to do it again in the future! Congratulations to all the participants! Very nice videos ! Good luck to all of you and thanks to Chronos people for making this contest! It really motivated us : )
Ralf & Rolf