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Tron effect: looks like somebody beat Anth to it.

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  • Started 3 years ago by crowriver
  • Latest reply from ruggtomcat

  1. crowriver
    Member

    Grauniad (London) Bike Blog

    How two wheels and a camera recreated Tron light ribbons
    The inspiration for these pictures created by a custom-made bicycle light came from the latest Tron film. Here's how we achieved the effect

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2011/dec/08/bike-blog-tron-photography

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. Oh I SO have to recreate that!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. Uberuce
    Member

    As it happens they have the same camera as me, so it's just a matter of picking a time and place and I'll get me tripod.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. steveo
    Member

    You'll also need to make up their quite fancy light box to get those lovely parallel trails.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. wingpig
    Member

    I have some plastic tubing, Scotchlite-alike tape and some battery-powered electroluminescent string...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. Cheers Uberuce... I've actually got a bit of a thing about long-exposure light trail shots - done a wee bit of light painting, which is always fun :P

    I have actually done a shot like this for the Tron wheel, but need to do it somewhere properly dark (like in the Guardian shots) for the best effect.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. thebikechain
    Member

    Anth spotted earlier.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. Uberuce
    Member

    Arf.

    Did a very quick bit of wavy abouty stuff in the kitchen just now on a 10 second exposure. Got up to 30 to play with...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. splitshift
    Member

    hi all tronites ! i quite regularly see a cyclist in aberdeen, heading west out of the city, on the A96, about 5 oclockish, has usual rear and front flashers but also light rope ??? on both wheels, many red led flashers etc on back pack and helmet and legs. Its a very busy dual carraige way, i am generally heading east and it looks amazing, driving and getting pics is a bit of a prob though . But am working on it !looking to get one of those continueous capture cameras, that just re write over itself every 5 mins or so.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. chdot
    Admin

    I saw two cyclists with multicoloured spoke flashers in 5 minutes last night. Very noticeable, even when stationary. Think the unexpected blue made a big difference.

    If everyone had them I suppose the effect on other road users' brains would be reduced.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. DaveC
    Member

    TBC, that pic is wrong wrong wrong!!!!! I have to rinse my eyes out now!!!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. Had a play about this morning, but it was too light really, and I want a 'wiggly, 3/4 and slightly above' view. It'll appear here... Trust me...


    Untitled by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Uberuce
    Member

    A disco Nessie?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. tarmac jockey
    Member

    I have forwarded the TRON links to the people who are organising the Speed of Light http://www.eif.co.uk/speed-of-light event 9 August - 1 September 2012. I have suggested that they consider adding cycling to the event. I'll let you know if anything developes.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. That would be GREAT! A convoy of Tron-wheeled cyclists doing the road loop!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. Here we go:


    Monkey by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr

    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. Uberuce
    Member

    Those have come out niiiiice. I will posit that, should you be up for any astronomy runs to dark dark places, that would be an ideal time to commit monogeolithic avicide.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. Absolutely! Been looking again at recreating the shots from the original linked piece as well as just using the Tron wheel. Might try some things out tonight..

    Posted 3 years ago #

  19. Monkey3 by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr


    Monkey2 by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr


    Monkey1 by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr

    Posted 3 years ago #
  20. Uberuce
    Member

    Those have turned out pretty hard win.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  21. kaputnik
    Member

    It took me a while to work out how you were managing to "bunny hop" with such elegant periodicity...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  22. Uberuce
    Member

    I reckon it works better to have enough light on the immediate background to give the trails some geometry.

    The colours do come out better in the pitch dark background, but when you can see the pavement, especially in the first picture, it looks like a sculpture made of some weird space age glowing material.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  23. I may possibly have been in B&Q last night and seen some battery operated fairy lights being sold for a quid - expect more...

    Posted 3 years ago #
  24. Uberuce
    Member

    I did some concept testing of whirling an LED lantern on a string last night, and it's got potential methinks. A set of fairies could look awesomesauce when whirled one handed on a bike?

    I'd have tried that last night but didn't have a flatmate to hand to mind my camera, which I'm simply too protective of to leave lying sorta-unattended in the park, even if I am on my bike nearby.

    Probably best to get a weight and string and tie the light loosely to that rather than have the cable take the stress.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  25. Getting closer:


    Tron2 by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr


    Tron1 by blackpuddinonnabike, on Flickr

    Posted 3 years ago #
  26. Uberuce
    Member

    Beats the pants off mine...

    I think the swinging does have potential for some sine wave prettiness, but it needs a brighter light or darker background than I had.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  27. Which park is that?

    I've got a very very definite idea of what I want to do now. I need to make the light panels (yes, more than one) and I need two riders... Next week, Wednesday or Thursday after work, anyone up for it?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  28. Uberuce
    Member

    I'm one of the Harrison Park mob.

    I'd love to Tron it up, but I'll be at home with the folks until the 3rd.

    That at least gives me plenty of time to practice riding and swinging, which turned out to stress my meagre balance and multitasking skills past their limit. Also it's nae-kidding dark up there.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  29. Roibeard
    Member

    I'm around Anth - can't claim any particular skillz but could make myself available.

    My bikes tend to have reflective sidewalls though - presumably you need ninja bikes for the full effect?

    Robert

    Posted 3 years ago #
  30. wingpig
    Member

    Next Wednesday or Thursday possible, though it won't be after work.

    I have some plans (and, handily, some stuff lying around I can build something with) in order to avoid the use of mathematically-interesting-but-visually-predictable cycloids. My IKEA 'Glansa' battery-powered electroluminescent string has been found and fished out but is unfortunately far too pathetically dim for use for this purpose.

    Years ago I remember trying to get a sort of glowing helical light-painted tube-shape by whirling a light around and walking along. Didn't come out as clearly as I'd intended but with modern lights and a better camera it might be more successful.

    Found:

    2007-02-10_20-40-46_016 by wingpig, on Flickr


    2007-02-10_20-42-08_017 by wingpig, on Flickr

    Posted 3 years ago #

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