|Station briefly visited in winter|
Power Station 17 in DarkenedStudio.com
|The top level was accessed through|
a set of narrow and steep
|Dark, silent and complete.|
This was one of those projects that just really got out of hand in terms of how big of a production it bloated into. At first, my intention was just to visit the place maybe once, gather some nice shots around the area, take a quick look inside. But it just got larger and larger, when I started seeing huge potential inside. I rarely find places untainted by vandalism like this, and it was a great opportunity to capture something that had just one day stopped, assumably on short notice, 16 years ago. There were personal items in the locker room, office table still had an unopened shipment that was marked containing lab equipment. No one even bothered to clean it up, it was just all left to rot and rot it did.
- Eos 5D Mark II*
- Eos 40D* (Timelapses only)
- Canon Ef 24-105 4L IS
- Sigma 10-20* (with full frame mod)
- Zenitar 16mm Fisheye* (also used for the 360° panorama, fully manual)
- Pentax SMC Takumar 50/1.4 (fully manual)
- Olympus Zuiko 55/1.2* (for indoor video, fully manual)
- Samyang 85/1.4* (fully manual)
- Carl Zeiss Biometar 80/2.8 P6 Tilt (fully manual)
Sunpak 622 flashes with zoom and macro heads and a home made bare bulb head, umbrellas, foldable softboxes and honeycombs, lightstands, flashlights, heavy duty fishing wire for hanging flashes, Trigmaster Plus flash triggers, Bogen/Manfrotto superclamps.
Lighting gear used inside Power Station 17 will be covered in detail in my later posts. I should write about my modified Sunpaks and its heads and powerful Metz flashes, tilt photography, fast lenses, radio triggers, various lightstands and gripping gear. Say little something about how wonderfully versatile velcro is and how gaffer's tape has over 1000 and one uses and for instance how a regular white plastic bag can create smoke. Stay tuned if any of this sounds remotely interesting.
Shooting timelapse footage was a massive undertaking on its own. I ended up with about 90 gigabytes of material and it was edited in 3840 x 2160 double fullHD resolution for future applications in mind. Although the video is mostly a teaser for the photo album, it also stands pretty well on it's own.
I'm planning to do more timelapse videos for youtube later on. Right now I'm sorting my options for motion control and trying to come up with reliable, affordable and practical alternatives for dolly tracks and panning motion control heads. None of the commercial products seem that finalized and I'm sure that with enough of ingenuity and planning, I'm able to figure out something more versatile with fraction of the cost. I'll end this post with this b-roll of footage, that was originally for my main video, but that was till I got a lot more ambitious about my video coverage.