Past and Present: The Montgomery County Courthouse

Within the last couple of months, I started working for a new company located in downtown Dayton, Ohio. One of the great things about this new job aside from the awesome work I’m doing is that the location of my office is near several historic buildings.  I’ve spent a lot of time exploring and learning about my hometown of Springfield and it’s been a lot of fun exploring and learning about the rich history of Dayton. 

About 3 blocks from my office is a beautiful Greek Revival building that used to serve as the Montgomery  County Courthouse. It’s located in a wonderful area near a fountain and square where I sometimes go to eat my lunch. In learning about this building, I came across some old photographs that I used to expand my Past and Present collection to now include Dayton.

Montgomery County Courthouse Dayton Ohio

I found some amazing photographs of downtown Dayton during the Great Dayton Flood of 1913 that I’ll be getting current shots of soon, so stay tuned!

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A Glimpse of the Past: Police Parade on West High Street

Police Parde from the Harry C. Laybourne collection

Here is a picture I made for my Springfield, Ohio: A Glimpse of the Past collection using the photograph entitled, “Police Parade on W High” from the Harry C. Laybourne collection (special thanks to Roger Mossbarger for letting me take some photos from his personal collection).

It’s interesting to see the cars along the side of the road and the business signs in the historic picture since this area is somewhat bare now. The first building to the right is the Tecumseh Building, which as been vacant since the mid 1980′s. I would love to see this building turned into something, or at least explore it before it gets demolished (praying that doesn’t happen).

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Make Time Lapse Videos on the iPhone with Motion Pics

I’ve always been a huge fan of time lapse photography. I recently came across a phenomenal time lapse video called Asylum by District 7 Media and got inspired to experiment with time lapse on my own. I am researching options for a good remote for my DSLR with the timed interval function (if you recommend one, please leave a comment) but in the meantime I was looking for a time lapse app for my iPhone and iPad to make quick videos and decided to go with Motion Pics by Cosmonaut Software.

Motion Pics is very easy to use since it automatically calculates the settings based on the set number of frames, frame interval and playback frame rate, but a little knowledge on the fundamentals of time lapse photography is very helpful. Once the settings have been made, just hit record and Motion Pics will take the photos in the intervals specified. When it’s done the video will be automatically exported to the Camera Roll.

For an initial experiment with Motion Pics, I made 2 ice cubes from water I dyed red and blue with food coloring and placed them in a glass full of cooking oil. For some reason I was obsessed with the effects of mixing oil and water when I was a kid and memory popped in my head when I was trying to think of something to record.

I take my son on bike rides around the neighborhood almost every day and using my iPhone tripod mount, I can attach my iPhone to the handlebar of my bike to make time lapse videos of our rides. It’s really cool to see our entire hour to hour and a half ride condensed down to a couple of minutes (Warning: if you’re prone to motion sickness, I recommend that you skip this video).

Finally, I wanted to get some smooth panning shots and I saw that modifying kitchen timers was what the cool kids who dabble in time lapse were doing. I picked up a cheap kitchen timer and some hardware and made a very ugly but functional 360 degree panning mount for my iPhone. This was the test video I made using the kitchen timer mount.

Eventually, I came across the Camalapse from camarush.com which is essentially the same thing except much  more ascetically pleasing.

I have several more time lapse videos that I’ll be sharing soon. If you have any time lapse videos that you made with Motion Pics, or any other iPhone app, or any time lapse videos at all, leave a comment with the link, I’d love to check them out.

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My Pictures Featured on the Springfield5 Station

Well, it finally happened. I became a television star. I’m recognized on the streets and I have a loyal fan base (consisting solely of my  wife, parents and grandparents).  I think “star” might be an exaggeration. Perhaps “some random guy on public access” is a better term. How ever it’s defined, it was my first time on television and it was actually pretty cool.

The producer of the Springfield5 station saw the pictures I made for the Springfield, Ohio: A Glimpse of the Past collection and asked me to present them. It was a lot of fun sharing some of the history I learned about Springfield, Ohio. I’ve received a lot of great feedback from people, especially from those who remember when downtown Springfield was bustling. It was also fun seeing myself on tv though it was painfully obvious why I never perused a career in front of the camera.

In case you don’t happen to catch it on Springfield5, they posted it on their YouTube channel

I have a lot more pictures in that collection with several projects I haven’t even started yet so hopefully I get a chance to do it again in the near future.

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