Light Wk 3: Time-Lapse Observation


Tuesday, 02/19/19, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
NYU on Broadway

This is the view from the 10th floor of a NYU building. The building faces south, so the window is showing the sun move from east to west. Because this was recorded when the sun has already risen, the change in the color of the sky is unnoticeable. The most distinguishable part of the time lapse are the moving clouds. It was clearly a windy and cold day as seen from the steam sputtering from multiple buildings. If I focus on the white structure at the far corner of the roof, I can see how the sunlight effects the shadow. When the sun is directly above the structure (noon), the shadow is shorter. When the sun is east or west (morning or afternoon) the shadows are long and lean.

The shadow on the water tower is also a good focal point. When it is still morning time the water tower is half covered in shadow, but by noon time it is almost completely in the shadow.

My favorite part of this scene is the animating reflection on the corner left building’s facade. It is most bright when the sun is shining in the east, but eventually disappears when the sun is no longer facing the windows. It reminds me of when sun reflects on water.

Side note: that elevator on the side of the building makes me nervous. It is moving ever so gently in the wind.



Wednesday, 02/20/19, 5:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Brooklyn (outside of apartment)

In the beginning there are these ominous floating rectangles of light that slowly turn on in the pitch black. Finally the sun gradually rises and casts some light, shadow and dimensionality to the scene. The light renders the scene from being flat black to a 3 dimensional picture full of values, shades and hues.

The best part is 0:18 – 0:21, when the sky not-so-subtly changes from cool to warm, affecting the entire scene. It goes from a cool blue to warm yellow in a matter of seconds. It interesting how our eyes and the camera adjusts so easily, because you can’t tell if it’s warm or cool unless you compare it with it’s immediate previous state. By the end of the time-lapse the sky doesn’t look cool or warm –  it looks neutral. This reminds me of Josef Albers’ squares that show how context of colors matters.