I spent way too long cleaning this image up. First, I went through all the photos to find the airplane trails so I could erase them. Then I went over the image taking out all the noise. This took several hours, more time than it took to shoot and process the timelapse. I think It’s really only worth it for prints. (If you’d like to buy one, please let me know) Check out this photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_molloy/13885659854/ and the next one to see the difference the clean up made. This was made from 377 photos merged into one image using this photoshop script. advancedstackerplus.com

I spent way too long cleaning this image up. First, I went through all the photos to find the airplane trails so I could erase them. Then I went over the image taking out all the noise. This took several hours, more time than it took to shoot and process the timelapse. I think It’s really only worth it for prints. (If you’d like to buy one, please let me know) Check out this photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_molloy/13885659854/ and the next one to see the difference the clean up made. This was made from 377 photos merged into one image using this photoshop script. advancedstackerplus.com

"Home Sweet Home"14 shot pano of my house stitched together in Hugin. I love this place. Living on the lake is great. The big trees in my backyard are awesome! The small town is nice, and I prefer that over a big city. The lack of light pollution is a bonus for night photography. And the house itself is awesome too. I put a lot of work into building the addition and the garage, as did the rest of my family. My parents have been talking about moving, because they can’t afford it, and it kills me to hear that. I’m going to have to get rich real quick, so I can call this place home for the rest of my life. And that my friends, is my first world problem! Next on the list is the fact that I can’t eat a pound of bacon covered in maple syrup without feeling sick. Not fair!!!

"Home Sweet Home"
14 shot pano of my house stitched together in Hugin. I love this place. Living on the lake is great. The big trees in my backyard are awesome! The small town is nice, and I prefer that over a big city. The lack of light pollution is a bonus for night photography. And the house itself is awesome too. I put a lot of work into building the addition and the garage, as did the rest of my family. My parents have been talking about moving, because they can’t afford it, and it kills me to hear that. I’m going to have to get rich real quick, so I can call this place home for the rest of my life. And that my friends, is my first world problem! Next on the list is the fact that I can’t eat a pound of bacon covered in maple syrup without feeling sick. Not fair!!!

"Involute of a circle" That’s how I made this spiral. It started with a circle, which I made by standing in one place and turning while I chipped the ice with a shovel. It’s not a perfect circle, since I was eye-balling the distance I kept the shovel from my feet, and I probably didn’t pivot on one precise position, though I think I did alright. Trying to keep the spacing of the spiral even was a little harder, but I think I did alright. This was the "blueprint" for some light painting I had planned. (see previous photo) This shot gives you a better idea of the scale of the spiral. It was shot much closer to the spiral and I’m in the center for size reference.

"Involute of a circle" That’s how I made this spiral. It started with a circle, which I made by standing in one place and turning while I chipped the ice with a shovel. It’s not a perfect circle, since I was eye-balling the distance I kept the shovel from my feet, and I probably didn’t pivot on one precise position, though I think I did alright. Trying to keep the spacing of the spiral even was a little harder, but I think I did alright. This was the "blueprint" for some light painting I had planned. (see previous photo) This shot gives you a better idea of the scale of the spiral. It was shot much closer to the spiral and I’m in the center for size reference.

I’ve been thinking about how I could make a big, light painted spiral for a while now. There’s been 2 main problems. One, how to make a nice spiral shape. I did this by marking the ice during the day. I’ve found foot prints in the snow are an easy way to do it, but unfortunately, at this point in time, there’s no snow on the lake, so I used a shovel to chip the ice. That was a lot of work! and I didn’t get the spiral as big as I had hoped. Two, finding a vantage point that’s high enough. (The place I live is fairly flat) Since the lake is frozen, I used it for the surface to make the spiral on, and I took photos from the highest cliff I could find along the shore. (still not as high as I would like)I knew the ice was safe, but going back here during the quiet of night and hearing all the noises the ice made was terrifying.  Loud groans, something that sounded like large bubbles moving around, sometimes right underneath me, cracking sounds near shore. I almost couldn’t do it. I found it similar to walking on the glass floor in the CN tower (in Toronto) I know it’s safe, but I can’t help but think about the glass breaking under my feet. I’ve done it before, and it was terrifying (I’m afraid of heights) but I didn’t stay on it too long. I probably spent 30 minutes doing the light painting, and my nerves couldn’t take much more. I had done this once before, and the light painting was underexposed. This time it’s a little overexposed. It’s been a tough battle, but I’m not giving up yet, though I think I’ll look for a better place to make the next spiral.

I’ve been thinking about how I could make a big, light painted spiral for a while now. There’s been 2 main problems. One, how to make a nice spiral shape. I did this by marking the ice during the day. I’ve found foot prints in the snow are an easy way to do it, but unfortunately, at this point in time, there’s no snow on the lake, so I used a shovel to chip the ice. That was a lot of work! and I didn’t get the spiral as big as I had hoped. Two, finding a vantage point that’s high enough. (The place I live is fairly flat) Since the lake is frozen, I used it for the surface to make the spiral on, and I took photos from the highest cliff I could find along the shore. (still not as high as I would like)
I knew the ice was safe, but going back here during the quiet of night and hearing all the noises the ice made was terrifying.  Loud groans, something that sounded like large bubbles moving around, sometimes right underneath me, cracking sounds near shore. I almost couldn’t do it. I found it similar to walking on the glass floor in the CN tower (in Toronto) I know it’s safe, but I can’t help but think about the glass breaking under my feet. I’ve done it before, and it was terrifying (I’m afraid of heights) but I didn’t stay on it too long. I probably spent 30 minutes doing the light painting, and my nerves couldn’t take much more. I had done this once before, and the light painting was underexposed. This time it’s a little overexposed. It’s been a tough battle, but I’m not giving up yet, though I think I’ll look for a better place to make the next spiral.