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How to Self-portrait with the Time Machine

A little behind the scenes on how my self-portraits are done using laser beams! This video was shot in 2008, sorry for the poor quality. Check out the Time Machine and it's amazing capabilities: http://www.bmumford.com/photo/


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 how much will it cost all the equipment to take this shot?
70-200 lens, pocket wizards, flashes, time machine....
maybe only a lucky pro photographer can afford all this Smile

I have the same question as davidt: Did you pre-forcus on the spot
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 The equipment could be purchased all at once and that would be very expensive. It took me several years to acquire all of this. Add a piece of gear at a time and take the time to get to learn it before acquiring another piece. Please see my reply to davidt below. Thanks!
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 Thank you so much!
I have been looking for a device like this for ages, I was looking into camera traps and all sorts but nothing would do exactly what I needed. This seems to be just the thing.
At the minute I'm riding with a remote shutter trigger held against my grip and firing the shutter manually, makes braking and bike control a bit fun sometimes. Smile
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 This is fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial.

Would this work for triggering video? Say I want to take some self vids. The way I would do it now is to start the video on the camera, run up to my starting point, ride through where the video is taken, run to camera stop video. So I'd have all this wasted video taking up space on the card as well as killing the camera battery. This would be a super cool tool to use for both still and video.

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 I reckon anything is possible! For the amount of money a time machine costs, you'd be much better off just buying an extra battery and a larger memory card. There is a lot of setup time that goes into using this device as well. I can usually do the run/ride/run for video and have plenty of battery for 7-8 hours by just having one spare. New cameras can trim the clips in-camera. I can see the use for video though, and it just may work. Good luck!
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 Great tutorial which covers everything I am trying to achieve.

I have pre ordered a TriggerTrap (open source version of the time machine) and will be using it with Cactus v5 triggers in an attempt to grab some self-portrait action shots.

Did you only use the one flash on the left hand side??
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 3 flashes. Good luck and have fun!
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 Which bike(orange) are you riding in your first photo of other works in this video? It is at 6:20
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 Awesome...I just wish I had the cash for all this tech
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 had one of those norco 6's one of my favourite riding bikes, totally under rated
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 Nice dude im not even a photographer and i thought this was super cool! nice tables too!
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 Very nice tutorial! Looks amazing and your style is alway top notch! RideOn!
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 Did you pre-forcus on the spot you wanted to shoot, or did you use the 3D focus mode on the Nikon?
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 I prefocus for all self-portraits. Find something as close to the action as possible. In this instance, it is extremely easy since I planned to be directly over the big tree stump when the shot is taken. Focus is on the stump. Some shots require many takes to nail down perfect focus, especially when shooting at f/1.4 in low light.

You may be able to use 3D focus with a Pocket Wizard pre-trigger cable. This has the effect of half-pressing the shutter button to focus. I haven't tried it because it seems less consistent, but you may be onto something here...
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 ahhh if u have the money this would be sick ! or u just get a friend to take the shot!
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 OMFG you listen to Kruder and Dorfmeister too! I love this song.
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 AND you have a blue pig. I like your style.
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 Thanks for the tutorial, daemmm yo'good!
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 foreveralone Big Grin

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