A New Kind of Photography – An Experiment in Japan

By now, I think you all know that I like experimenting and trying new ideas. I have created something here below — I don’t know what it is. It’s not photography; it’s not video; it’s not cold scientific slow-mo with bullets through apples; it’s something else. What do you think about it? Can you help me come up with a name for it in the comments below or by sending me a Tweet? I have entitled the piece “The Moments Between, Episode 1: Japan”. Yes, that means there are more episodes coming… they take a lot of work to produce.

Is it “new photography”? I don’t know – I think some of this has been available to big movie studios with sophisticated special effects teams and the like. But this can now be done by the common man – it is inexpensive, understandable, and fun. Have ever wanted to capture something that is in between a photograph and a video? Some of those micro-moments that are important and wonderful?

How did I do it? I’ll reveal that in an upcoming video! I’m still perfecting the technique… so, just as I have done with the popular HDR Tutorial on the site, I will endeavor to put together a tutorial on “this”, whatever the name might be.

EDIT: It has been revealed on This Week in Photography… you can see everything on the “Stuck In Motion” page here on the site. Enjoy!

You can also click this link to see the HDR Photos from Japan I have published thus far.

  • Looks like a dreamy effect. Kind of the same feeling I get after days of insomnia… How about Insomniac? Insomniac Life “Reading” – ILR. Life through an Insomniac Eyes. LOL. Just kidding.

  • Justin Blades

    I would call it ‘Bullet Time’.


  • Aaron

    1:31 is awesome… kicking the trash, awesome catch!

  • Amazing style Trey. I have a name for it.

    Cadence Imagery – so basically cadence being a set motion and well imagery as its sort of photos and video.

  • I would call the “Slo Mo” but not meaning “Slow Motion”, but rather, “Slow Moments”.

    I would love to learn how to do this. I am often experimenting myself using an HD Camcorder and wish I could do more with the limited hardware. Some of my work is also on Vimeo.
    I look forward to seeing the tutorial.

  • What you’ve got there are wisps of what the Chinese ancients called Wu Da Mist, and modern-day tuppenny punsters might call Ratcliff studies in significance, with an imperceptibly heavier stress on the “in” than befits a preposition. Either way, I like it! Found the music just a touch corny though — or maybe just too noticeable for something that’s extraneous to your work. But the noticed moments, gold.

  • Wow man!!! this is awesome… you could call it Momentum… it is great, congratulations

  • That is amazing! I love the slow snapshots, it really is like some kind of super-cool moving still-photography…
    You should call it the Ratcliff, for its inventor 🙂

  • Love it !
    Maybe call it “slo-pho” or something along those lines.
    “Slomotion” “SloMo Photography”
    Looking forward to the tutorial !

  • Brian Lu

    how about Time-Bending ^^

    Brian Lu | Philippines

  • Very nice!, I would call it imation – image and motion…that’s my 5c

  • I think the effect is amazing in moments when camera is moving really fast an the slowing makes you feel that you are not moving so fast, just normal, but then, everything else is like frozen, id really like that combination and i think those parts are really something completely new

  • Emily

    reminds me of dreaming. love the Patrick O’Hearn with it.

  • I like Kimon’s idea…call it “The Ratcliff” !!! Great new medium you’ve discovered!!!

  • Hehe – really interesting feedback – and good ideas for names!

    Glad you like it…. I guess I should definitely make some more!

  • Jparkes1

    This is clearly an ‘HDVR montage’. Digitally recorded, time sequenced, HDR imaging, affecting a film like mini tour of exotic and artistic locales.
    In short, an “HDVR montage” also smacks of “HDVR Haiku” A short but well structured, topic oriented, video poem or brochure.
    It’s hard to define art in any form as it is very subjective and personal.
    I like it. Although they should be given titles to inform the viewer what and where the artist wants us to know about the location, mood, or theme they are trying to portray.( some of us lack artistic insight and need direction when viewing art to really get the effect desired by the renderer).

  • wil

    looks RED

  • Barakanography? Chronosomatic? Koyaanisqatsiography?

    It’s cool! Looking forward to your tutorial. 🙂

  • I like the flow of motion. “flow photography”. There’s also the interesting 3-d effective when the camera is moving faster than the subjects, like from the train on the platform. It accentuates the depth perception. The people seem like cardboard cutouts, though gently moving.

    Nice approach.

  • I must agree with Agustin Gabriel Bosso above in that the best shots were the ones in which you were on the train or on a car; whenever there was a significant difference in the speed at which the camera was moving versus the subject… feels like a ken burns effect with video rather than a static image

    other interesting clips are when there is a dramatic difference in the speed at which different objects are moving (like when a man swings a backpack unto his shoulder).

    at some points in other clips it also felt sort of like the photos in the harry potter series…

  • Very nice and interesting “video” Trey. I think it is very close to the idea of Bullet Time. Perhaps Dynamic Imaging Or Digital Dynamic Imaging would be a good name…

  • Jere Judd

    I’m amazed.

  • Definitly a good movie, but I dont know what else to call it. It doesnt seem like anything that stands out as “new” to me. Maybe I’m missing something?

    It seems to me that it is slow motion movie with the use of panning either by car or foot. Maybe really fast still photography? It does give a cool 3D Effect, but it seems as though I have seen it somewhere before.

    I look forward to your tutorial to see what it is that I might be missing.


  • Ok I watched again, and their is definitely something new and cool about it. Just cant put my finger on it.

    Just knowing that I cant figure out what it is, definitely adds some coolness. Lets see that tutorial!

  • David Sanger inspired me to think, “Flowmotion”. Very cool – the possibilities are huge!

  • Trey…very cool! Such an amazing land!! Makes me want to hit Japan right now….I’d call it “Fluidography”

  • It seems to me that you walked around Japan with a high-speed camera in your hand. Whether or not that’s the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the video and new technique. I shall call it: Japanimationography. :p

  • Love the video! It feels rather like those serene, calming, slow-mo videos American Airlines plays as you are getting onto their planes. I like the “Flowmotion” and “Fluidography” suggestions.

    Could you let us know how you shot this? Are you using a camcorder with slowmo capability or are you slowing it down in post? I suspect the former given how beautifully smooth the motion is. I would also love to know how you go about finding music that you can safely use with this kind of piece.

  • PhotoKaki

    Really nice. Somewhere between a time-lapse and video… But is fluid…

    I think I’ll call it Liquid-Stills or Fluid-Stills. I believe you took it in non-stop burst mode photography? So as the name implies – liquid movement/transitions of still photographs taken through burst mode. Whatdaya think?

  • Lobsterclause

    Honestly, I don’t think this is very ground breaking or original. Sorry dude.

  • Nic

    These are really nice shots…
    And I can definitely see that once you show (ordinary) people how to do it, we’ll start to see it everywhere.
    I would call it “Moment Capture”, because a moment in life is longer than the time it takes for a photograph to be taken (and be sharp), and does not have the blur of a longer exposure.
    Anyway keep up the good work!

  • Brian

    Very Cool stuff man, I vote for “kinetic photography.”

    …Or “kinetic HDR” if the images are tone mapped, which is hard to tell since the lighting looks so vivid. Are they?? I can’t imagine how you would accomplish the bracketing in that small span of time. Except maybe by simultaneous recoding from multiple CCD’s??

    Hey, are the lights flickering because your capture rate is higher then the frequency of the lighting?

  • Phomotion

  • Much better than your last video, a great leap forward. Hehe.
    But it’s just slow motion, right? You shot that with what, 60 frames per second, and played it back with 25? Many cameras can do that now.

    Beautiful nevertheless. Try out After Effects, you can make the color much more beautiful there.

  • I just watched it again. Did you shoot this with a RED? it looks like more than 60 frames per second to me. Maybe 120 burst mode? Or did you slow down 60 frames per second by 50% to get 120? Cool trick.

    If you’re using Final Cut to edit, I recommend you the plugin LOOKS by Red Giant, you can easily give the clips a special look with that one.


  • david

    D U S P O T Imaging-Documentary Using Slow motion Panning Obsevration Technology

  • Very interesting comments – it’s great to read them.

    To address a few things… I did not use a RED camera. Those cameras are cool but expensive and inconvenient. This solution/technique is quite inexpensive and anyone can do it.

    (a few random responses – sorry not everyone – but I do read everything for sure)

    Jakob – That sounds like a great plugin. I need to get into that… gotta get my video editing up a notch! (and yes… much better than my last attempt!)

    Brian – good guesses – I like people trying to figure it out! 🙂

    Dave – Yes – I’ll reveal all…I want to keep everything quiet until I have a full list of how to do it, best practices, etc etc

    And I see many of you also like Ron Fricke movies

    Good names everyone… interesting! 🙂

  • Tol Ware

    How about Photiography?

  • Peter Daley

    Very cool. Like photography, it gives the viewer some “time” to look around and see what is going on in the image (or video) and really take it in. To me, it isn’t so much photography as it is video…. maybe I’d call it “De-motioned Video” or something like that, in that the motion in the video has been taken out, or dialed down.

    Best of luck with it all.

  • casusan

    I love love love this! Your name was clever – the moments in between – and actually I like that – of the ones mentioned here I like flowmotion or photomotion – very cool technique Trey – super!Can’t wait for the newletter!

  • This totally reminds me of a whole bunch of GIFs put together..I love it though, I am still thinking of a name….So hmmm, I will get back to you on that LOL

  • Paul Cowell

    Trey – i have another question, again about your book. I did sign up on the first day of launch, now i see on your newsletter that you cannot accept International orders – I live in Singapore – the payment has already been taken. Can you contact me to explain
    thanks Paul

  • JS


  • I don’t really get what’s so special about it. It looks like video, shot at a high frame rate, more than the typical 24-30/fps, and slowed down. So it’s slow motion, but with smoother transitions because of the extra frames. It’s interesting, but I was expecting more.

  • THanks all!

    Paul – no worries – a few international orders slipped in before we closed it off! We’ll be sure to get you your book… the problem is with the shipping (you’ll notice there was no shipping charge).

    Very interesting names so far…

    I like “Imaation”, as a few people mentioned. Image + animation

  • Blake

    Hi Trey,

    I really like the video and your work.

    To me, it’s very similar to what I saw in one of Scott Kelby’s “Guest Blog Wednesdays” by Andrew Kornylak. He calls it “stillmotion”.

    That post is here:

    Again, love your work.

  • Micky MB


  • It appears that the technique is done by moving the camera fast while using a fast frame rate, then slowed down. So you could call it HSSM – High Speed Slow Motion.

  • Thelonious Gonzo

    Trey –
    Love the 3D effect. I had to back it up on a few of the scenes to make sure it wasn’t some sort of Ken Burns effect. I was thinking that this exposes the little pieces of life that slip by so fast and are taken for granted so easily because we simply can’t slow down enough to appreciate them. It’s like those Discovery channel shots where they show flowers opening up quickly or clouds rolling by, but in reverse. Instead of taking a shot every other second to speed things up, you take 50 every second and slow it down. it’s counter intuitive to our modern lifestyle. Beauty is always in the eye as they say, and this is truly beautiful to me.
    I would refer to it as Slo-Lifing.

  • This is awesome undertaking…mixture of cinematography and photography.

    I will call it “Matrix”.

  • Paul Cowell

    Trey, thanks for your assurance – will i also get the signed print ? is there somebody i can contact to diwscuss, can you mail a contact seperately ?

  • Hello Trey. I am contacting you on behalf of SEVEN UNDER Co. Ltd in Tokyo regarding potential image licensing. We’ve tried a few emails but haven’t heard from back from you. Our apologies for commenting here. If you are interested please get back to us via the email provided. Thank you in advance and best regards.

  • Facebook User

    Interesting video..find it very architectural as it gives a good character of spaces and how people use them..hope u share sum of the techniques on how u did it..wil be helpful

  • Jon G.

    Hmmm… rather than “Imation” why not take “image” and “emotion” (given that’s what it stirs up) and call it “Imotion”?

  • Jon G.

    actually, forget my last comment as it would perceived as “i-motion”… too many “i-this” and “i-that” these days.

  • Claustral

    Very nicely seen, captured and edited. The music is also an excellent choice. As for name, I think you should honour the pioneer of this style – Ron Fricke – the cinematographer behind Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka and Chronos. Frickography.

  • Garrett

    Wow… awesome effect. Can’t wait for the tutorial. Nice work!

  • Jim

    Kind of like the opening sequence of the Watchmen movie…

  • Stealther

    A play on the totality+Eastern+existential+mystic+ambient+videography: Zenime (prounounced sen-nim-may).

    Zenema sounded too, er, scatological.

    Bravo! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It would serve as a great foundation for a sequel to Kurozawa’s “Dreams”. The genius was evident; what made it truly epic was the selection of video segments that were stitched/edited coherently. Soundtrack was excellent accompaniment.

    Eager to see the HDR tutorial. Thank you for brightening up my day!

    – Stealther

  • I really love it! You always come up with such interesting ideas! A small suggestion: could you please change the font of the text on the start and the end? It really does not fit to this great video. I wish i could see some more of your japan photos, if they are half what´s in the video, then it will be so much fun to watch.

  • Thanks again for taking the time to comment – very nice of y’all – I know you are probably busy busy ! 🙂

    Paul – I don’t have all the orders in front of me — if you ordered the one with the signed print, then you will certainly get one! Just contact [email protected] and they will take care of you.

    Seven Under – thanks – we will – been very busy.

    Jon G – I line the imotion = image + emotion … that is smart

    Claustral – I do love the great Ron Fricke!

  • Facebook User

    Honestly? I was a little skeptical, but aside from the music (which I KNOW is fitting, guys, but it stilled bugged me a bit), this was completely awesome. Did I say whoa? WHOA!

    Nice work, as always. No idea on names, but I saw some good ideas listed before my comment…

  • Thomas

    What about fast frozen, or anything derived from that. Fazen, frazen, frast, fafo, fastFrozen. Or FaFroMo – fast frozen moment. Or Froment – frozen moment.

  • I just love how the little boy playfully jumps from the second step.

  • Cool effect and it works well with these subjects Trey. Visual arts can be thought of as a magic trick. Sometimes not knowing the answer preserves the aura of amazement with what has been seen. Not really caring what the exact technique is it doesn’t strike me as new. Harold Edgerton revolutionized high speed imaging that created a more extreme version of this playback. Very high speed video played back at normal speed or slower speeds creating slow motion effects. While not the exact same thing in the subject or playback this does remind me of that and his technique. I look forward to learning more about what you’re doing and why it’s capturing your interest.

  • Just call it flowtography!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Facebook User

    As always, very awesome Trey,

    There is a dreamy “stream of consciousness” to it, as the the eye takes in the scene on multiple levels; anticipating what will come next and relishing in watching it unfold slowly, almost a wonderful surreal kind of “de ja vu”!

    Reminds me of what the merger of animation and real time video capture created in movies like “300” and “Sin City”.

    Good luck with the name, just make sure in captures the essence of this awesome approach to video capture.


  • OMG Tray! This is awesome work! Uplifting and inspiring!
    I just have the suspicion that it’s an awfully long process. Looking forward to the tutorial 🙂
    Again – great work!

  • I don’t know if it is the expressions on people’s faces, the music, the slow motion or all the rain…but the “feel” of the film is kinda “creepy” (for lack of a better word). My guess is that you took all the photos with your D3X, and then processed them all in Photoshop Extended using the animation features??

    Very cool…I am gonna call it “Stuckimaation”

    You never cease to amaze, Trey…

  • That’s awesome, can’t wait to read how u pulled it off 🙂

  • James Pardon

    Stuck in SlowMo

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    Sorry but i’m going to spoil all the fun now.
    In fact as trey say’s this “effect” can be done by all those that have the possibility with their camera to shoot several frames per second.

    I think it’s a called “stop motion video” .

    In fact you use the moterdrive on your camera to shoot at, say 5fps (frames per second) you then shoot a subject for 10-15-30 seconds at a time and then put all this together to create these small movies.

    Great newsletter this month.

    All the best


  • Boris

    Wonderful documentary show of moments in life in Japan. I like it, an when I watch this slow motion movie, I get very calm. Great product, fantastic way of presentation.
    Scenes in movie look, like you used some fluid or fractal effect on it, or is it just compression way on Vimeo.
    Thank you for showing and sharing, Trey.

  • I’d call it “fly-spective”.

  • I was about to say that you used a GH1 at 60 fps but then again, after a 2nd look, I reckon the speed is much faster than 60fps. So, the search is for a camera that can shoot videos faster than that. I don’t think any dlsr can shoot that fast. So I’m guessing that it is a JVC Everio X?

  • Peter Scrimshaw

    Hi Trey. This is absolutely fantastic work, simply beautiful; I wonder how much footage you shot to get these sequences? But what to call it? I just did a bit of googling to find the definition of a “moment” and apparently it’s a medieval term meaning one and a half minutes, but that seems far too long! However, there is also a definition for an “ounce” of time, which is a twelth of a moment or 7.5 seconds and that sounds spot-on to me! Being British, the idea of an ounce of time really appeals to me – start the revolution Trey, bring back Imperial units now! So I can’t really tell you what it should be called, but it must have something to do with ounces, that much I do know. By the way, I make that 50 scenes in 286 seconds, so at 5.72 seconds per scene we are a bit short on the ounces!! 🙂

  • Lampson

    how about BTM ? (Breath-taking moment)

  • Looks very nice. Artistic.

    I assume it’s shot on the D3? Kind of similar to what this guy is doing? http://nikonrumors.com/2009/10/10/shooting-video-with-the-nikon-d3.aspx

  • just love it… so beautiful! Will follow with excitement how you did this 🙂

  • jurgen

    A very nice video, but I wouldn’t call it a new technique. It’s more of a style. Actually you are mixing between two different of them.

    The most interesting is when you use slow-mo + half matrix frozen cam runs wild around with short exposure times.

    On behalf of Mike who wanted to spoil: definitely not 5 fps DLSR, such slow-mo needs quite more fps to be that fluid; maybe some casio exilim at 300fps, and a steady cam thingy [that self build one in wood, which makes sense because of the weight of the camera].

  • Paolo

    Hi Trey, I’m from Italy and it’s the first time I submit a comment.
    This “thing” made me think to a famous John Lennon quote:
    “Life is what happens to you (people) while you (they) are busy making other plans”. I think I should work on it to find a name that fits the “thing”.

  • Mike

    Very good! Interesting. Reminds me of Koyaanisqatsi.
    Only drawback is the awfully cheesy music.

  • Great vid!! Makes me wanna go back to Japan so much. Love the choice of music too.

  • vw12

    that’s amazing! I can’t wait to find out how you did it.

  • i really, really like this. it’s very appealing — and i’ve been thinking that i should get a 5DMII to take a series of long photos.

    i look forward to your tutorial.

  • Amazing video, it made my day. it let’s me forget how fast the world is and enjoy tiny moment that are left unnoticed in the real life.

  • Your video is excellent !

    I love this atmosphere…

    Thanks for this quick visit to Japan.


  • Facebook User

    Amazing use of high frame rate slowed to normal… absolutely some of the neatest ‘moments’ caught I’ve seen in a long time.
    Thanks for the share!

  • You captured some great moments, I really enjoyed the video.
    However, for me it’s more like animation than photography.
    I am very interested in the methods and software used for this. I suppose you need a camera which is able to capture at least 4 frames per second or even more, but we will see. 😉
    Thanks for sharing this awesome video.

  • Jan

    This makes me almost regret of not getting the Casio Exilim EX-F1 the last time I saw it in Tokyo. But that would be yet another gadget to travel with – and I’m seriously trying to cut down on those.. 🙂

    But those that would like to produce similar results I would happily suggest looking into Casio’s Exilim-line, the only downside is that the higher fps you go the lower the resolution gets and the more light you need.


  • I love the look and want to know how you did it. The motion looks so fluid, yet you say it wasn’t video. You definitely have the eye to make average moments extraordinary.

  • Chris

    I don’t think I like it as much as most, but it does have some cool segments. I personally like your HDR photography better. I’m not sure why you say it isn’t video. It looks like video just adjusted (speed wise) quite a bit. I am intrigued at how you accomplish it though. Maybe then I will see why it’s considered more than just video.

  • nzm

    Awesome – I look forward to the tutorial. Wicked use of depth-of-field.

    It’s not slow-mo, it mo-slow!


  • nzm

    Yikes should have been “it’s mo-slow”.


  • Ann Gardner

    I love this beautiul magic!
    So many good ideas for names—good luck choosing one!

  • Wow that was very interesting, the shots of the train station were very surreal. Great stuff definitely more interesting than your last video. Keep up the good work!

  • Mark


  • John

    Excellent – can’t wait for the video. How about:

    “Stuck in Time” just to add to your already great site name.

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  • Wabi-Snappy

  • Wouw man, this is some amazing stuff here!

  • Stirling

    Striking, seamless motion. Even without music the imagery alone is mesmerising, so I guess “mesmerising motion” could be a name for such beautiful work.

  • Tony

    Very inspiring; can’t wait to see more!!

  • Really pretty cool Trey. I like the “static effect” where people & the places they are in appear to be “frozen” in a moment of time while the camera pans across. I’ll be curious to see how / what sort of gadgetry you used to do this. I loved Japan when I lived there back in the early ’80s. I was stationed aboard the USS Midway CV-41 in Yokosuka.

  • Outstanding!!!!!!!

  • It’s like digital dreams or digi-dreams. I also think is also hypnotic and has fantastic “visual gourmet” appeal. Really really cool. I agree you should consider naming it after yourself. How about “Trey-Tracks”………

  • Zallen

    Looks gorgeous, but isn’t this just slow motion photography? Not really a new invention by any means. Adding music makes it a slow motion music video, again, not new. I’m amazed at how many fanboys and girls are out there, and I’m amazed that none of them have suggested you call this “invention” photography.

    I love your work, but seriously.

  • Call it Bokume – mixture of bokeh and yume.

    Or Madayume.

    Or SMP – Still Motion Photograhpy…not to be confused with symmetric multiprocessing. 🙂 Or maybe it could be a pun acronym….

    (Note: I don’t know Japanese, nor have I even seen the above image. Probably something to do with web filters at work mixed with Firefox on my Linux box.

  • Go Motion

  • Thelonious Gonzo

    I have been enjoying reading the comments from people on this “thing” you did. Some don’t seem to “get” it. I hate saying that because it’s to easy to say “you don’t get it” to explain away questions. it’s lazy. But I think this is similiar to those posters that came out in the 90’s where you would cross your eyes to see the 3D picture hidden inside the blur of the main picture. I think it was called “Magic Eye”. Some people never could see it and thus didn’t get what was happening. I think some people aren’t slowing down and realizing that this really is something cool, and certainly worthy of a second look.

    Just sayin’

  • Walttom

    Amazing stuff; can’t wait to read/see how you did it. Overall, I was reminded of Haiku poetry as I watched the video. Call it Haiku photography.

  • Rafael Hoyos

    it reminds me the demo clips for a new HD TV

  • JIM

    M A T R I X – – – M O T I O N

    I enjoyed the Matrix movies and especially the slow-motion scenes… this is very similar, therefore the name. Just tell me later that I can do this with my D300…… Thanks as always for sharing your talents.

  • Bart

    Very fluid and seemless between frames. I like the video very much but how is this different fom very good slow-motion?

  • Not to be a jerk, but I don’t think this is anything new at all. Am I missing something? It looked great, but all I saw was a slow motion montage.

    You are still the HDR master.

  • Darren

    Not sure it is something new in itself although your execution and vision was spot on.
    As for a name I think what you have here are “Sight Bites” like Sound bites but for your eyes.
    I’m not charging for ideas today.

  • Jill Baxter


    To me it is time in flight, Time-flight.

  • tyler

    trey this one is easy to name:

    Stuck…. in time 🙂

  • another vote for “flo-mo”

  • Bryson

    Wow. That was intense. It seems like you had at least 3 cameras filming the same subject from slightly different angles. This effect seems to look the best when objects are going different directions (i.e people walking). I would call it Kinematic photography. I can’t wait for the tutorial.Great work

  • Kompani

    Great, perhaps ‘stillmotion’ would be a good name.

  • a feeling of being there….fine sense of place…I like it !!!!

  • Shawn

    Looks like you’re Stuck in FlowMo (Flowing Motion)

  • I’m guessing that you shot this at 5-8 fps and used tweening software like AfterEfffects to fill in the missing frames and restore the seamless feel — a technique sometimes used in time lapse photography.

  • Reminds me of one of part of a movie where everything got closure whether it was good or bad, everyone moves on to the next day or something lie that. It needs a narrator talking about the meaning of life. Cool video.

  • Dan Bailiff

    How about “Flowtography” or “Phlotography”?

  • beautiful; you are definitely ON to something here. it definitely fills a media gap. can you (c) or (r) this before you see it in a car ad or similar ? trash kick, shots from train (w/ people walking) & street scenes really grabbed me. that young girl w/ the look pure ecstasy is all money. the train theme could be a whole episode…that seems very Japanese for me the few times i have been around Japan.

  • oh…for a label how about “Tween Photography” ? as in flash / movie frame to frame tweening ?

  • How about calling it “Evography”? It is an EVOlutionary step in merging motion and still photograpgy and it EVOkes a unique feeling in the viewer! Almost feels like I am observing life in a parallel plane of existence to ours.

  • Frozen-Dynamic-Motion [FDM]

  • I’m not sure if anyone who is complaining that that “this is nothing new — it’s just slow motion photography. why don’t you just stick to HDR?” even read the actual post where it said

    “Is it ‘new photography’? I don’t know – I think some of this has been available to big movie studios with sophisticated special effects teams and the like. But this can now be done by the common man – it is inexpensive, understandable, and fun.”

    I think here the point is that this effect has been democratized, allowing for it to be used by the full creative spectrum of the art community.
    The first time somebody stitched together a bunch of digital photos into a little movie, why didn’t somebody say “hey! we already have movie cameras and camcorders, this isn’t new! why don’t you stick to landscape photos?” Because taking what you have and making something that you have not is part of the creative process, both on a microscopic, personal development level, and on a macroscopic, process innovation level.
    Given then any number of people will begin experimenting with this technique, it’s quite possible that a ‘new’ style or art form or product or whatever could be developed. But, if everyone who started experimenting with an existing technique were booed off the stage, where would all of today’s haters be?
    The answer is nowhere, because the people who don’t see creative potential in something that is a a bit new and a bit old have very little creativity themselves.
    And in the end, so what if this video is just a “slow motion music video”, or a retread of Matrix bullet-time? If it didn’t cost a bundle of money to make, as traditional slow motion or bullet-time processes do, then more power to you Trey.

  • Perhaps

  • dorn

    I suggest “Flow Motion”

    The shots in the subway where the people look frozen are my favorite.

  • Although this did look cool, it doesn’t really look like anything new. What I’m really interested to find out is how you did it with “everyman” gear and not hi-end software. There does appear to be a very subtle difference from normal slo-mo, but I can’t put my finger on it. No motion blur, deep DOF, etc. My guess would be a fast moving camera shot with high frame rate, then sped up about 50%… but that’s just a guess. Anxiously awaiting the reveal! 😉

  • some guy

    it’s not cold scientific slow-mo with bullets through apples

    True, it is not scientific, but it is still just slow motion video that you have created with your still frame camera. Slow motion video is just shooting a high frame rate and playing it back slower (usually at standard rates).

    Regular digital video is recorded at 29.97 FPS (Frames Per Second). Film is shot at 24 FPS. When you take standard DV footage and slow it down, the software editing package duplicates the frames. So if I have 30 frames in 1 second and I stretch it to 2 seconds (increase the duration, slow it down) the software duplicates each frame so that you “see” the first 15 frames in the first second. There are still 30 frames in the 1st second but you have went from displaying each frame once do displaying it twice. The result usually looks very jumpy.

    If we shot something at 300 FPS then played it back at normal “speed” we would have 1 second in time visualized over 10 seconds. (300 frames / 30 FPS = 10 seconds)

    What you’ve done is shot a short burst of frames and altered the time that they are displayed in video. i.e. you shot 100 frames over 2 or 3 seconds then you display each frame for a specific duration, .25 seconds per frame, and that results in the floating, dreamy, slow motion video without skipped frames. So 100 frames representing a couple seconds of time, then stretched over a specified duration.

    I will compliment you on shooting several subjects (the guy kicking trash, the subway, the water dripping down) that lend themselves well to this effect. Maybe the real treat is that you found a way to do this without any $100+ editing packages.

  • RobvE

    Amazing work of art. Wonderful how you turned these “ordinary” moments into something that I can look at over and over. Love the choice of music to go with these images as well. Keep up the inspiring work.

  • Hi Trey, love it. If this can be done with “regular cameras” not some expensive video camera and software it suddenly makes real sense to have high def video in cameras like the Canon 500D and above. It’s could be like flash was to the web, a new way of storing great memories and communicating them with impact.

    I would call it something like “Streaming Photography” or “Moving Stills” but there are many other people that have given great ideas before me.



  • Alright, sorry I am late to the party…

    Is it taken with a Casio burst camera?


    Obviously, it is frame rate slowed down. Pure art as always!!!

  • Just watched it again……..brilliant!

  • Frauke

    This video is great! I love it. In this very stressy day I watched it a few times. It slowed me down really well. Make more of those. I want to have a reason to relax!
    And, I am looking forward to the tutorial!

  • Great job! I’m impatient to know more about the technique!

  • I agree with Ryan Scheer comment 116. I really don’t see why this is any different than a slow motion video with a high frames per second? I’m not really that impressed. maybe I’m missing something. I’m curious to see what the “technique” is. My Sony camcorder shoots videos that look like this and I use it to review my golf swing. It basically takes about 3 seconds and stretches it out into about 15 seconds. Cool slow motion video though! Well put together!

  • James C

    Can’t wait to hear the technique

    I think where it works best is where your moving (on the train) and the subjects either arnt, or are moving slowly. The camera seems to float past them stuck in time, as opposed to it just appearing like slow mo

  • Holy crap, this video is amazing! It looks like layered photos in a video at points, and other times it just looks like pure slow motion video. But overall is very interesting, I think!

  • Wow, this is beautiful! The water and train terminals are exceptionally inspiring. It reminds me of the Ken Burns effect, except that the perspective is changed with the motion. I eagerly await your tutorial.

  • Facebook User

    Thinking about what Brian wrote:

    Hey, are the lights flickering because your capture rate is higher then the frequency of the lighting?

    Since the flicker is so very regular, we can probably assume that Trey is capturing at or close to twice the frequency of the lighting.

    What with most fluorescent tubes running at 50 or 60 Hz (depending on where in Japan this was shot), that would require roughly a 100 to 120 shots per second, unless my reasoning is way off.

    Although, to my eye, there seems to be a bit of aliasing in the flicker, suggesting that the capture rate is slightly lower than that.

  • Nice. I was only able to watch the flickr low-quality version, because Flash on Linux doesn’t seem to work for the flash on this site. I can imagine how nice a good-quality version of that would be! You have a real talent for finding/creating great photos, so it’s always a pleasure to drink in the images you post, Trey.

    This video reminds me of a Japanese movie (with no dialogue) composed of pans across still images. Quite interesting, and free download: Missing Pages

    It used to be a free download from their web site, IIRC. Now it’s free on iTunes, apparently.

  • John F

    Slotography !!

    I love it. Nice soundtrack, It helps emphasize the emotion captured by your technique. Thanks!

    John F

    PS I am a aspiring serious amateur and I love your work thanks for your postings they are inspiring.

  • Ryo Koike

    Brilliant. Another vote for “stillmotion”. Ganbatte!

  • Jan

    thats just freaking awesome!!!
    I’m so anxious to learn how to do that!!!! does it require expensive equipment???
    don’t let us waiting too much man!!!

  • I’m surprised more people aren’t commenting on the 3-D effect. What about calling this HDR Photomation?

  • Ah, ha…think I got it…the Sanyo Xacti HD1010 1080i camcorder that shoots 300fps slow-mo……right?

    Even if it is, its still just the gear. Means nothing without a great eye actually.

  • Damien

    Hey Trey, It has to be something with “Liquid” in the name. Liquid Motion, LiquidHD, Liquid Framing, liquid something.

  • Steve Freeman

    Very evocative work and an interesting evolution from your still work. I’m eager to see the tutorial! Atlanta photographer Andrew Kornylak has developed something similar which he calls “stillmotion”


    But I don’t think anyone has brought HDR to the party yet 🙂

  • Cool stuff. I love Patrick O’Hearn, which made it even more of a treat.

    Looking forward to reading about your technique.

  • Karen Z

    Very cool and mesmerizing. How about calling your technique ” Intense Customotion Capture”

  • Trey,

    I hope you are still reading, and I can’t wait to see how you did this, but none of it is possible without an artist’s vision. I love the quality of the images, the smoothness of the video and the soundtrack. I don’t see this as slow motion video, but an extension of still photography. You manage to capture just enough in each clip to show more than the usual instant of time. The name should reflect the still photo roots. How about “Span Shots”?

  • Bitguide

    my favorite part, the train station scenes, loved the contrast in speeds, between the fast moving train and the slower walking people

    at 3:12 was that the Dx3 on a tripod in the windo?

    as for a name Shakkei

  • Ok, at this point I have spent WAY too much time poking around and researching slomo info on the net. But I started thinking….Japan, tech at Nikon cleaning your sensor…..hmmm, testing a new product? Or just a new technique to using the exsisting D90, D300s, and D3s…..hmm, I need to move on and actually get some work done now……your killin’ me!

  • Mal

    “Timefoolery”, p’raps?

  • Mark Garbowski

    Paralluxe Motion

  • Jesus Inclan

    I would call it slow fusion.

  • J Paxon

    I’m guessing it’s not the slow motion you’re talking about. It’s some kind of stabilizing device for the camera. A harness? A gyro?

  • LJ

    Love it! It’s very cool and evocative; In the end it does not matter what you call it; it speaks for itself. Looking forward to the tutorial.

  • Jon G.

    Going back to my previous suggestions around the “imagery” and “emotion” or “emotiveness” attached to it, I would slightly alter my original suggestion to “immotion” or “immotive” photography.

  • Will Pitt

    watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMp6bZ1RSbQ between 0:50 and 0:55, have they used a similar style?

  • Wow….very interesting. I’m interested in knowing about this technique

  • Carsten

    This work is extremely similar to what Godrey Reggio did with Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, and what Ron Fricke did with Baraka and Chronos, so it isn’t new. You could look for the name for it there. Very nicely done though. I also love the garbage kicker.

  • Flow and fluid are common themes in the comments. I second the flowtography/flotography suggestions.

  • I don’t really know how to call this… but this sure looks very sexy and I’m really interested in how you have done it!

  • Anirban Chatterjee

    It is sooooo cool (in lack of better words)….I am waiting for the tutorial now….

  • I just noticed a link on reddit today to a video done in a similar style but I believe they were going for a more comedic effect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAxgpHWtLC0

  • Hector

    Very nice picture and music… that is so cool!!!

  • Beni Masselli

    I would call it “Moving Outside Time”

  • Nice, it reminds me of this music video [Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl]


  • Frauke

    I really like the water-parts a lot. I would advise some aspect like this for the future videos.
    The “Frozen-Dynamic”-Idea is good.

  • Don Lee

    Fantastic video and great choice of music as well. I look forward to the tutorial. There have been a lot of interesting suggestions about what to call it. I lean toward flowmotion or flowtography. Keep up the great work Trey!

  • davo


  • Trey – slow down!! (pun intended) I’m still trying to catch up to HDR, now you are throwing this in the mix!?!? I’ll never have a social life now – I’ll be buried in tutorials and experimentation.

    In all seriousness – this is really really amazing. Thanks for posting this and I’m looking forward to reading more about it.

    (you really DON’T sleep – do you?? *wink*)

  • Holy cow you guys have gone crazy on this one – thanks!

    I read EACH comment… very good feedback – both the good and the bad. Lucas in 132 seemed to give a good response to the few negative comments – thanks Lucas!

    And he’s right… this is cool and anyone can do it. You don’t need thousands of dollars worth of movie-studio equipment. I’m still perfecting the technique – and I’m glad you liked the first effort!

    Carsten – Yes I love those movies. I’ve seen each one MANY times!

    There are so many great and varied named suggestions above. I hardly know what to choose. I don’t even know if I get to name it. Again, I’m not sure I discovered anything at all… but, since no one has a name for whatever it is, maybe so! Of names I like, they include but are not limited to Imation, immotion, liquid photography, and several more.

    I also could name it after the movie Carsten mentioned above and call it “Chronos”.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, I am very happy to see people “guessing” at how I did it. I was just out with my publishers from PeachPiit on the streets of San Francisco, showing them how to shoot HDR. I was explaining to them that I think that educators do photographers a disservice by giving them step-by-step instructions for everything. It’s much better to guess, try, fail, FORGIVE YOURSELF FOR FAILING, and then try again. That is how to discover new things, have fun, explore, and get beyond the obvious answer. Of course, I’ll still discuss all the fundamentals of the technique soon… but I do really like the guessing. I think there is a new way to teach… a better way. I work on many of these themes throughout the book.

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  • Who said “An advanced enough technology is indistinguishable from magic” Or something like that…Ok Trey here is my best guess.
    1: Since you are basically a still photographer addressing still photographers, I’m betting you are shooting with a still camera.
    2: since you cannot possibly get the perceived frame rate with a still camera you must be doing some serious software tweening… If I’m right, I had no idea the software had come that far. Back to my first comment; Looks like magic…

  • what John said… 🙂 I’m impressed no matter what. Interested to see where this is going.

  • oh and a name idea… to play off your site name: Stuck in Motion 😉

  • Jayshil

    I think the vid is fantastic and the fact that you have managed to create something so smooth out of the common man’s equipment (albeit a lil pricy) is something of an achievement in itself. I know alot of people say that its just slow motion photography, it still however took alot of effort and time to achieve and i think that deserves appreciation no matter how common it may be :). keep up the fantastic work Trey! your work is an absolute inspiration to people like me who would like to someday achieve even half of what you already have :).

    Fantastic Work!


  • Jayshil

    P.S I would love to know how this was done 🙂

  • Mos

    Amazing! Can only guess how it was done.
    You continue to astound!

  • Facebook User

    I really like this because it makes us actually pay attention to the detailed trajectory of life and events, not just the start and finish. Too much of life today is based on instantaneous impressions – no time for more than that. This was a beautiful and elegant overview of Japanese life.

  • Bryson

    Through some extensive research. I think that it is taken with the Casio EX-F1 at 300 FPS. With Adobe Photoshop CS3 you edit individual frames like they were pictures (that’s what they are) and that’s were the tone mapped feel came from. I tried this with my Sony A200 but the results were choppy. So i switched to my Fuji S1000FD which shoots about 30 FPS. I imported the movie into CS3, tone mapped individual frames and then slow it down with Windows Movie Maker. The results were less than desirable but I think I understand the basic fundamentals of this technique…now i only need a Casio.
    Game Set Match

  • Trey – I think I’ve commented once or twice, but Stuck in Customs is at the top of my homepage and the first thing I look for every morning when I get to work. Your photos are amazing and your vimeo was awesome, ethereal, amazing. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • Hey Trey, Really enjoyed this video. I also liked the discussion here and the videos that others linked to. Now I have more reading / watching to do.

    Anyway, here is my suggestion for a name. It’s a play on “stop motion photography”. Your subjects are not “stopped” and moved. They are moving on their own, as is the camera. So I came up with “Go Motion Photography”, or “GMP”.


  • ChasD

    I’ve seen something similar used in some commericials and intros to TV drama and sporting events. The technique I’ve seen is a little different in that it freezes motion (vs. slow motion) but then changes the orientation of the subject by rotating around it allowing you to view from different angles (being able to walk around a frozen subject). I love your technique, but the combined motions (normal speed passing by slow mo subjects)are 2D – would you be able to alter the view angle as your position changes with respect to the subject? As in real life – if you drive past someone walking on the sidewalk, you see them from behind as you approach, from the side as you pass, and from the front as you are ahead of them (rear view mirror). That subtle shift in angular view would be incredible when combined with your motion work – maybe via a slight convex lens? I’d describe your technique as, “Doppler Cinematography”

  • Gary Powell

    I like the feel of this. And the 2-D cutout in a 3-D world effect you sometimes get. I know it’s been used before but the name could be “motion pictures”.

  • BTW, what is the name and artist of the music?


  • My apologies to Kennedy in post 112 who suggested “Go Motion” well before I suggested GMP. I missed that post when skimming through.

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  • Wow! So nice!

  • It reminds me of a video “sizzle reel” seen frequently at trade shows like NAB and CES which are created using high end video production gear to showcase the superlative features of whatever it is that they’re trying to sell. Ultra slow motion, high contrast, perfect skin tones and granular details are typical of this video production style.

    You achieved a great sense of pacing and flow in relation to your music track. Great edit work.

    Keep experimenting!

  • Ok, my guess is that you shot the video using a high speed frame setting on your fancy camera. Something like 1000 frames per second.

    My suggestion for the name to use would be “ParaMotion“.

  • Trey – you might get a kick out of this slomo also from japan:


  • Thanks for the continued comments.

    My friend Jayr sent me this video – he said it reminded him of this one.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOA53rMmH54&feature=player_embedded – that guy is good – that must take FOREVER!

    Also, I do quite like that name “Stuck in Motion” ! Although I feel weird naming something after myself – that seems kind of like an egomaniac thing to do. I don’t care what people call it — I look forward to finishing off the tutorial so that EVERYONE can do this stuff! 🙂 It’s so fun… and very inexpensive.

  • Very very very nice! It’s like a combination of slow video and panning over pictures. It contains elements of images mixed with moving parts. Especially the part shots from the metro or train are amazing.
    Sorry, I have no good name for this type of material.

  • Pete Curtis

    Impressionistic videostream. I like it very much, whatever you call it!

  • The first name that came to me for this new type digital photography is ” Moving Pictures”. Of course in our society, it would become MP. Judy

  • This is just sooo fascinating and inspiring! Your title “moments between” is a good choice, as I feel that I had some insights on the moments inbetween your shots.
    Three names came to my mind for that medium: “Animography” (or short: “animo”) as a combination of animation and photography.
    Or “MatriMotion”, as a bow to the special effects from “Matrix”.
    OK, 6 Cents is enough. 😉
    Gimme more of that!

  • absolutely awesome Trey !!! It doesnt matter what you call it but extremely impressive .. I am just eagerly waiting for your next video demonstrating how you do this .. I really got couple of ideas to do this way ..

  • Martin Anthony

    Trey, what makes this great is the selection of images and your “eye” – that is, the ART. The mechanics/technique may not be as groundbreaking or novel as perhaps a decade ago, but your selection of subjects, composition, POV and editing makes this stunning. It must have taken tremendous patience. Music choice was perfect and caused me to go out and buy patrick’s cd. The whole package shows care and attention to detail and again demonstrates why you are in a very elite group of artists. BTW, watching your video caused me to drift a bit and think differently about Hugh Everett’s Correlation Interpretation work – Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • ChasD

    I commented in #195, but wanted to follow on here… I knew I had seen something similar and it was yesterday when grinding through the DVR that I found it. The show “Flash Forward” uses this technique in it’s lead in segment. I’d be interested to know if the techniques are similar? In any case – Stuck in Motion is a great name and it is very nice work. Looking forward to the tutorial!

  • R K Powers

    “Chokin’ the Dog”

  • joshbarsky_13

    Wow Trey! You’ve invented something here! Something Magical. Not sure what to call them though… Moving Stills?

  • I think Captured Motions would be nice!

  • Scott F.

    Excellent video. Just watched it after being on vacation in DC. I like StillMotion or StillMovement. It gives the idea of a moment in time captured, yet still going forward. My two cents at any rate. Keep up the great work. I’m learning new info everyday and loving it!

  • Thank you all 🙂

    Many people have not seen the Japanese symbol “?” yet…

  • Liangck

    Hi, I’m really excited about those masterpieces. As a researcher in image processing, I come up with some automatic methods to remove the flickering in your indoor shots. Would you like to share those raw clips for experiments?

  • James Hutchison

    Expanding on earlier suggestions, the term Flotography has in it two possible interpretations. The first being Flo for flow, as this video had a poetic flow to it. Flo also for float, as the slow lotion does create an impression that the camera is floating. Word amalgamation can come across as corny sometimes though. I agree with an earlier post as well that a more careful music track selection could complement the video better. Given your intelligence, creative intuition and ADD tendencies (analogous to anyway), I wouldn’t put music production outside of your wheelhouse.

  • Slowmentum

  • Marolan

    Beautiful This caught me and I was mesmerized throughout What an incredible piece of art you’ve created
    You’ve most likely named this wonderful creation by now, but I still thought I’d contribute to your request: Neovoyarism or imoyarism

  • Hey Trey, was at the movies yesterday and decided to check out Zombie land……great movie! They actually had this same style of video/film imaging in the beginning of the movie…..really cool stuff, I saw it here first though!!

  • liangck – thanks – yes I’d like to see that. Although – I actually kinda like the artsy strobe effect

    James – hehe “Slow Lotion” sounds a bit sexual !

    Jason – Interesting – I’ll have to see that! 🙂

  • haven’t sifted through all of the replies yet but did you use an intervalometer here?

  • Yes my friend, strongly recommended!

  • Great work, Trey. Thank you for showing new dimensions sights unseen to a foreigner living in Japan. First such movie I recall was time-lapse clips shot in New York City.

    How to call it? You will recognize the right word when you see it. Thinking while writing here.

    We have telescopes, we have microscopes. Is this a timescope?

    We have photos, we have movies. In between, is it moto? Phovie?

    How about time-wake photograpy? Dilation cinematography?

    Dilation photo/movie?

    We have HDR photos, unfortunately the word “dynamic” here denotes a static property. “HDR movies” would be about right but for historic reasons cause misunderstanding to be a luminance property, not as time-dynamic. So we need a new name.

    Could this be HTR movies? High Time Range? High Temporal Range movies?

    Crowd, it’s your turn.

  • Afterthought: kinematic photography, akin to kinematic typography.

    Not kinetic photography, that looks risky.

    [bowing out]

  • Jargon


  • Travis

    I realize you are a busy guy, but what is the time frame on the tutorial? Are we talking weeks, months…years? I have some killer ideas for this, but just need to know how.


  • THanks all!

    Well – Travis – I am fielding emails now from a few different shows / podcasts etc that want me to expose the technique on their show as an exclusive… so we will see. BUT, probably at least a month or so… in the meantime, i really think it’s great if people guess, experiment, and try it.

  • stu

    Hmmm, after much thought, I would call the process, Small-cat-falls-off-roof-and-lands-on-all-fours-because-it-is-happening-in-other-time,
    or, SCFORALOAFBIIHIOT. It’s really easy to say if you practice saying it a couple-hundred-times! Great work! Wonderful site! Always leaves me drooling, and wishing I were somewhere else.

  • theSwede

    Like everyone else I’m curious about your new technique.

    It would seem that this could be made with a EX-F1 with some Stedicam-like stabilization. Post-production in After Effects with Topaz and some other plugins. But I suppose that wouldn’t be a new technique, so I’m looking forward to your tutorial.

    Nice video regardless.

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  • Some of the best work you’ve done, buddy. I watched it three times and was more impressed each time.

    I appreciate that the style seems to focus on the space between moments. So it it was my technique, I’d call it “lacuna” (it’s the extended space in a musical work where no notes are played — sort of the audio equivalent of negative space).

  • yes, this brought me back to “baraka”.. an amazing achievement in itself. i can’t wait for the followup!

  • I finally got home to my own computer so I could watch it uninterrupted. Absolutely awesome, Trey. You put a lot of work into this and it shows. Congratulations, my friend.

  • I told my wife and son about your experiment at lunch today. My son was thinking about it and gave me his idea on its name after a couple of hours, “High Possibility Movement Image (HPMI).” I hope it will be a help for you.

  • Facebook User

    Don’t know about a name, but is it something similar to Zach Quinto’s Bordeaux? That “movie” was a collection of 15000 still photos, put together to create motion. However, that film did not have the beautiful fluidity of your video. Gorgeous! Like the music too.

  • Facebook User

    Wowww I’m thoroughly impressed… That was a nice surprise!

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  • Avi

    Hey Trey! Great video! I watched it several times over the past week and can’t stop drooling over its awesomeness!

    Since you did not decide on the name for the technique yet, I thought I’d give it a shot 😀

    I’d call it SUBSTRATUM

    – The characterless substance that supports attributes of reality.
    – The material of which something is made and from which it derives its special qualities.

    Hope you use it 🙂

  • paul


  • Thanks everyone – good suggestions!

  • Hello Trey! Must say that it is a very beautiful video. I would love to get some tips or advice on how you shoot this and with what? You don’t have to explain what you did with the video after that. Because I’m going away to South Africa and would love to make a thing like this from that trip! So I’m just wondering if you could give me some directions on what to think about and how to shoot it while I’m there. For the other things, I can wait for the tutorial. But I can’t take the trip later.

    Looking forward to your replay either here or by mail. Thank you!

    Once again a great video with a wonderful feeling in it.
    Best regards

  • Here is my guess…

    I think Comment 149 is on par:
    “What with most fluorescent tubes running at 50 or 60 Hz (depending on where in Japan this was shot), that would require roughly a 100 to 120 shots per second, unless my reasoning is way off.”

    The D3x does I think 12fps… if you replicated the frames each 10 times you get the fluidity of the motion and coincidentily 120 fps.

    Then converting it and speeding up or slowing down is relatively easy. you can build them in photoshop, sony vegas, even quicktime pro. It is not too far off from what Tom at timescapes is doing assembling his long exposures…

    Will be interested to know if I am right…

  • harold

    wow. when can we expect to see the tutorial on how to do this up on the website?

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  • Kent

    Some of us have jobs and couldn’t catch it. We’ve only waited a month to find out. How about posting it already!

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  • Jerry

    I just have to say.
    Thank You

  • I got overwhelmed after reading the first 100 comments, so sorry if someone already brought this up! 🙂

    I’m not very knowledgeable about technology… from my guesses, though, we could do this kinda thing with a camcorder that has ultra FPS, and then just slow it down in a simple video editing tool.

    But are those kinda camcorders really expensive? If so, then Trey’s statement, “this can now be done by the common man – it is inexpensive,” then there’s clearly some other technique here, and I’m super curious about it, coz my brain can’t stretch. OH WAIT, perhaps the camcorder isn’t super high speed FPS, but there’s some morphing technology that “fills in the frames” between the actually captured frames?

    At any rate, get out with your tutorial Trey! 😉

  • Okay – got it… ready!!! 🙂

    I revealed everything on This Week in Photography – and I put all the info here on the site – here is a link to both http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2009/11/12/a-view-from-the-ranch-in-argentina-and-guest-hosting-on-this-week-in-photography/

  • Makofoto

    Doesn’t the Samsung sc hmx20c hd-camcorder shoot 300 fps? I use the Casio EX-F1 to do a lot of slo mo 300 fps sports photography clips, but fairly low rez.

  • AA

    I really enjoyed your video. The best parts are by far: Men on bikes, Trash collection, Girl eating slushy, Last train sequence, Recycling center with forklifts moving.

    The thing that makes your images truly unique is the motion of the camera. All the other images, while very attractive, just look like very nice slow motion because your camera is fixed.

    It is the relative motion of your camera in juxtaposition to other objects in motion that makes these images fantastic. The high speed capture of relatively slower motions while you move at an even higher speed across the plane is brilliant.

    If you are still looking for a name for this effect, I think it should include something about the relativity of motion or speed. Perhaps relative motion photography.

    Can’t wait to see more images with more juxtapositions.

  • Justin

    This is really nice. What about slow motion tableaux.

  • amazing technique to records seconds of moments

  • judz

    great work! i like it

  • Nice effects. I like how you captured the apparent stop motion of the people outside of the moving train. You could call it relative motion photography.

  • Marla

    You are an Artist for sure! Love your work. It grabs you and makes it difficult to stop watching. Enjoyed this very much. I could see this in a museum wall piece for everyone to watch and stare. = )

  • Al

    How about multiple motion? Multi-Mo, or Mul-Mo for short….

  • Al

    Or Flow-mo….

    Awesome work, BTW….

  • Fel Tablac

    it’s amazing, i wish i could see an eqpt to do this photo-video in one soon. i mean can be used by anybody even beginer, thanks for your invention. please do more for the world to enjoy.

  • JT

    I don’t know what to call it. But it is very interesting.
    Our fast paced Life slowed down to a more enjoyable speed.

  • J-Bird

    altered video suspension… 😕
    Awesome work! Thank you for sharing and would like to learn about this new technique. It is like time is being slowly suspended as one were passing through a waking dream… as it were. lol Kind of like the Six Million dollar man a few years back, but with out the annoying pinging! Seriously, this is far more artistic and a neat “in between” technique.

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  • Marv Penner

    Very cool “Pho-mo” !!

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