Montreal-based photographer Eric Paré of Timecode Lab has been experimenting with hybrid light-painting and stop-motion photography for some time now, and for his latest project, he has added "bullet-time" techniques to the mix. Using a 24-camera rig and his hand-lighting technique, Paré captured the movements of over a dozen dancers on the occasion of International Dance Day (April 29). The results are quite striking:
Although the sci-fi portal effect of the strobing light is a clue as to the process, I would never have guessed that Paré is literally moving the light by hand—thankfully, the documentary shows him in full ninja mode:
Paré captured half a million photos in all, and although these image sets have been edited down for web embedding, full 360° images can be viewed in the gallery. The Open-Source Animated JPG Player is also a neat trick for rendering a series of jpgs as a looped animation:
In addition to his short tutorial on hand lighting, Paré explained some of the process in an interview with DIY Photography from a few months ago. The 24×360 project, pictured below, light-painting project is the predecessor to Lightspin.
Hat-tip to Protein