About Thomas J. F. Mottl

Photographer, computer nerd, and otherwise opinionated geek. Founder of Aperture to Pixels Photography and Research Chef.


There are two big aspects of the photography world.  The actual picture taking part, which is the true art of the craft, and the new gadget tech junkie side.  Does your tech junkie side need a fix?

Remember, Aperture Chat is back for Season 2!


The New Aperture Chat Short Form


The guys at Aperture Chat have completely revamped their programming this week.  Rather than one long podcast style video each week, the new format focuses on having 5 daily segments, each focusing on what was one part of the podcast previously.

Monday News
Keeping you up to date.
Tuesday Product Previews and Reviews
The More Money Than Brains Club
Wednesday The Two-Way
A weekly discussion and debate.
Thursday News Redux
Because news comes more than once a week.
Friday Games and Challenges

The new format begins with Episode 15: Welcome to the New Format.  This much more easily digestible format, which they make light of as “daily chunks that you can watch while you eat your breakfast,” is generally 15-18 minutes in duration.  Even if you’re not the least bit interested in photography, they are fairly entertaining, and it’s generally not too nerdy.

Also, you can follow their blog at http://aperturechat.com.


So I’m out trying out some stuff for a project.  I was trying to make a hyperlapse video of walking up to the Pawtucket Armory, where the studio is located.

What is hyperlapse?  I’m sure this is your first question.

Hyperlapse is a time lapse video, that also has movement.  Normal time lapse is a camera set in one place and left to take pictures on it’s own.  Usually at intervals relative to what it is that you are trying to capture, so an ice cube melting might be one picture a second, setting up a room might be one picture every 6-8 seconds, a sunset might be one picture a minute, and seasons changing one picture a day.  Basically the idea is to really compress time down.

We can add movement to this, which creates an entirely new effect, because you have the time lapse, but the movement is typically very small, so it feels like the viewer is moving very slowly through a world that is moving and changing very quickly.  This is a very difficult thing to get right, since you must be very precise with not only how often you take pictures, but also how far you move between them.  Otherwise it’s very uneven and tough to watch.

This is kind of like the “Bullet Time” effect from the Matrix movies, except that instead of trying to slow down the sequence by having tons of extra frames to look at, we are trying to speed up the sequence by taking out lots of the boring stuff.


So it’s a nice day and I’m headed back outside to give this another try.
I suggest you all do get out there too.


– Tom

The Killer App(let) Review: Mouse Without Borders

By Thomas Mottl, Aperture to Pixels Photography


So I know I’m in somewhat of a niche market of trying to run more than one computer on my desk at a time, and I’ve tried a number of different ways to do it.  Since it used to be just a laptop and a desktop simultaneously, the idea is pretty simple, the laptop gets used like a laptop and the desktop like a desktop.  Recently I’ve moved beyond that.

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