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Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

Ann Arbor Art Fair video: See a time lapse from day 1

By Melanie Maxwell

Here's a bird's-eye view, with a couple of tail feathers, overlooking East Liberty Street's early morning action on the first day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair on Wednesday, July 17.

After watching, check out some of the Art Fair scene on East Liberty Street from up above on the balcony as day one wrapped up Wednesday evening.

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Kyle Mattson

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 3:36 p.m.

Hi All- We've taken down the live stream here. It will be up and running again from a new location shortly.


Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

Smart bird, he's staying out of the way!!!


Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 12:10 p.m.

The time-lapse is great, and I laughed when I saw the bird! Thanks also for the live stream. I'll enjoy watching from my desk today.

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 9:58 p.m.

Lonnie, When I saw those tail feathers show up I was pretty excited. Had my fingers crossed hoping to see her face but she was apparently feeling shy! Maybe next time we will throw a little bird seed up there!


Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 1:20 a.m.

That doesn't look like a big crowd.

Cavern Clubs

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 12:11 a.m.

Very Cool...glad you guys set it up! That live streaming would be great year round!

Kai Petainen

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 10:36 p.m.

time lapse is fun stuff. nice to see that you're doing it. here's one I took of some lighting over the Arb this week.

Kai Petainen

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 12:04 a.m.

Post production... oh cool. And I didn't know about that company... neat stuff

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Kai, The moving shots in the video linked above were all done is post production. There is a photographer locally who co-founded Dynamic Perception LLC a camera and motion control system that uses dollies, rails, etc. You should check them out.

Kai Petainen

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 3:09 a.m.

Melanie, cool! timelapse and the camera is moving too... i'm jealous. someday I hope I can try timelapse with one of those thingies (dolly?) that moves the camera slowly.

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 1:33 a.m.

HI Kai, Nice vantage point! I'll never get sick of seeing the clouds move and rotate, I find it really fascinating. I haven't ton a time lapse in awhile. I shot a ton of them in the early days of for television commercials we were running. Here was one of them I worked on:


Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 10:09 p.m.

Looks like the heat is keeping the crowds away. Doesn't look that busy or is that typical for a Wednesday?

Kai Petainen

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 12:05 a.m.

with the bird in the timelapse... 'birds-eye' becomes an interesting pun

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 6:31 p.m.

The heat probably has been a bit of discouragement but there are still plenty of people roaming the streets. I also add that for some reason the birds-eye view makes the foot traffic seems less than what it is when you are on the street.

Morris Thorpe

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

Melanie, What kind of setup did you use for the timelapse?

Kai Petainen

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 : 12:03 a.m.

Morris... it would be cool to see your timelapse stuff

Morris Thorpe

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

Thanks, Kyle. Will do. That will be strange twist. Maybe the .com staff can comment and rip my work!

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 6:32 p.m.

Hey MT- If you ever have one you want to share with us email send us a link by email, we may be able to feature it here on the site or on our social media channels.

Morris Thorpe

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 10:46 a.m.

Thanks, Melanie. I'm impressed by the GP's timelapse ability. I've been taking timelapses for about a year. and a half I use two different Canon cameras souped up with the CHDK firmware. (which anyone with a Canon should check out ) It's a fun hobby because there's never-ending room for improvement!

Kai Petainen

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 3:10 a.m.

wow. GoPro... cool!

Melanie Maxwell

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 1:27 a.m.

Hi Morris, I just used a GoPro! Set it up there this morning before the show opened and ran it until the battery ran out. A total of around 2,400 images. One of my favorite features of the GoPro (other than you can mount it just about anywhere) is the app. There is a preview that shows up right on your phone and you can adjust all of the settings, even a spot meter. Have you done any time lapses?

John of Saline

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 : 9:26 p.m.

Time-lapse is always fun! Next time, run the camera during set-up. (Also, run it during tear-down; that would be fun to see, too!)

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

I'm with you, Barb.


Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 10:49 a.m.

Tear down is my favorite part!