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Photo galleries compared
January 9, 2007, 12:17 pm
Filed under: online, photography, sports

Although it’s about all bowl games (the first eight pictures are from THE bowl game), washingtonpost.com’s photo gallery is about 100 times better looking than this one (THE game only) from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Post’s gallery (probably built on SlideShowPro) functions more cleanly too.

The Sun-Sentinel’s gallery was designed to function in a pop-up window, but even in the window, it’s clunky. The transitions are jarring and the layout is awkward. The Orlando Sentinel is stuck with basically the same design.

The photo gallery at ESPN took an incredibly long time to load this morning. However, it was worth the wait — 15 carefully edited photos, and they are HUGE. The presentation includes a very intrusive advertisement that interrupts your viewing at least twice (I can understand having the ad at the front, but come on — this was too annoying!)

Update (10:25 a.m.): Just found the first-rate bowl game gallery from The Independent Florida Alligator. We rule in football. We also rule in photojournalism!

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A different flip book (with a linear story)
December 17, 2006, 2:16 pm
Filed under: design, innovation, photography, video

I can’t stop watching this video: Between You and Me.

A friend recently bought the Canon EOS 20D. I tried its burst mode and was in seventh heaven. In this mode we could record at five frames per second (as opposed to film’s 24). We could shoot for about 12 seconds before the camera’s memory buffer would fill up, so our takes had to be really exact — no long, hypnotic shots. I did a series of tests beforehand to find the best setup …

We would shoot until the camera’s memory card filled up (1 GB — about 650 stills), and then we would take a break to transfer the pictures to our laptop….

Patryk Rebisz, 27, wrote about how he made the video (a fictional story) in Still Life, an article in Filmmaker magazine (summer 2005 issue).

There are more than 2,000 still photos in the video. Length: 5 min. Frame rate: 8 fps.

In an interview with ABC News, Rebisz said he was inspired by La Jetée, a 1962 French film made up of still black-and-white photos. (La Jetée was also credited as the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s 1995 American feature film, Twelve Monkeys.)

Update: I think I found the video in dsato’s del.icio.us bookmarks.

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