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For those of you who live in Lexington, you know how frustrating Man o’ War Blvd. can be. For a Sunday story about some of the proposed solutions to the growing traffic problems on the road, Charles Bertram and I put together a time-lapse video of the road.

While it plays like a video, it is actually a sequence of 1,044 still images. Here’s what we did:

We clamped a Canon 5D to Charles’ sunroof using two Bogen magic arms and various clamps. We used a Canon intervelometer and set it to take a photo every two seconds as we drove the entire 16-mile length of the road. It took us 27 minutes to drive it the first time at around 3:30 on Thursday. On the way back, beginning at around 4 p.m. at Blue Grass Airport, it took us 35 minutes.

You’ll notice that we got pretty lucky and hit some crucial green lights during our trip – something we weren’t expecting, even at 4 p.m. We joked about doing it again at 5 p.m. to see how long it took us, knowing that rush hour would be picking up steam.  Twice was enough for us, though, even with the green lights. 

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6 Responses to “Done in 75 seconds”
  1. Alison says:

    That is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while!

  2. Rebecca Tyler says:

    As always, your creativity is impressive! Keep up the great work!

  3. Jason says:

    I can’t help but noticed how frequently you all were passed… now that wouldn’t have something to do with the expensive gear strapped to the roof of the car now would it? Great video though… would love to have some commentary or music with it.

  4. Heather says:

    If only my trips down Man O War would go that fast…

    Seriously cool video, though!

  5. Dana Smith says:

    Wow. Although much more pleasant than the real thing, it is still a video nightmare complete with flashbacks and post traumatic stress. Great idea to mount the camera and also very brave. I’m always impressed with you guys and the creativity you bring to the Herald Leader. The articles are okay but we all know it’s about the photography. :)

  6. mick says:

    nice work! I can’t help but wonder how long it took you to assemble the vid!

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