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Incredible Photos that Capture Day Turning into Night

For his project “Day Into Night”, photographer Stephen Wilkes set up a 4×5 camera with a 39-megapixel digital back 40-50 feet off the ground in a cherry picker, and photographed the scene throughout the course of one day. Keeping a constant aperture, he adjusted his shutter speed to compensate for the position of the sun. Afterward, the hundreds of images captured were edited to roughly 30-50 photos, and then seamlessly Photoshopped together to show a gradual transition from day to night.

Stephen Wilkes (via PDN)


Image credits: Photographs by Stephen Wilkes and used with permission


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/sugarraindrops sugarraindrops

    These photos are stunning!

  • http://twitter.com/sugarraindrops sugarraindrops

    These photos are stunning!

  • http://twitter.com/sugarraindrops sugarraindrops

    These photos are stunning!

  • http://www.laurajanevest.co.uk Laura

    I tried to do this as a student years and years ago – I failed miserably. These look fantastic. Bravo! May have to revisit the idea…..

    Laura Jane Vest

  • http://www.laurajanevest.co.uk Laura

    I tried to do this as a student years and years ago – I failed miserably. These look fantastic. Bravo! May have to revisit the idea…..

    Laura Jane Vest

  • http://www.laurajanevest.co.uk Laura

    I tried to do this as a student years and years ago – I failed miserably. These look fantastic. Bravo! May have to revisit the idea…..

    Laura Jane Vest

  • http://www.gannonburgett.com Gannon Burgett

    Gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    Only the second image really pulls it off to a degree where you can really see night and day and that’s because there is a ton of dark sky. Not blaming the photographer but we don’t always realise how much artificial light there is during the night. I would consider them too successful. 

    It’s a fine balancing act as it can become too HDR as well.

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    A 4×5 digital back?! Holy cow, how much would that cost?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    A 4×5 digital back?! Holy cow, how much would that cost?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    A 4×5 digital back?! Holy cow, how much would that cost?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685795459 Anu Gopala

    Wow, the patience to shoot that many shots and then work on it Photoshop.  Kudos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685795459 Anu Gopala

    Wow, the patience to shoot that many shots and then work on it Photoshop.  Kudos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685795459 Anu Gopala

    Wow, the patience to shoot that many shots and then work on it Photoshop.  Kudos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685795459 Anu Gopala

    Wow, the patience to shoot that many shots and then work on it Photoshop.  Kudos!

  • Dlbweb

    I am assuming the photos were bracket shots of 3 or more…Fantastic timing with the people moving between shots! HDR has always been a favorite of mine and these captures are stunning. I particularly like the captures with the clouds…very dramatic!

  • Christian Weichel

    Did something similar some time ago. It’s pretty much a timelapse stuffed into one photo. Take a picture every minute, extract slices of [total_width / num_pictures + padding]px size and stich them together using some panorama tool.

    Result is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53314783@N07/5383976982/in/set-72157625797993978/lightbox/

  • Christian Weichel

    Did something similar some time ago. It’s pretty much a timelapse stuffed into one photo. Take a picture every minute, extract slices of [total_width / num_pictures + padding]px size and stich them together using some panorama tool.

    Result is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53314783@N07/5383976982/in/set-72157625797993978/lightbox/

  • Susan Coppola

    I’ve seen these up close and in-person. Believe me, they are simply amazing. These posts do not do the photographer’s work justice. Absolutely fascinating.

  • Susan Coppola

    I’ve seen these up close and in-person. Believe me, they are simply amazing. These posts do not do the photographer’s work justice. Absolutely fascinating.

  • http://twitter.com/Leo14 Leonidas

    amazing work 

  • Taher_abakhah

    Just magical !
    Two thumbs up !

  • Fritsdebeer.com

    Its like a movie. 
    Turning day in to night and al the storys in between. 
    What amazing…

  • J-Rocka

    He should footnote Rene Magritte!

  • J-Rocka

    He should footnote Rene Magritte!

  • Michael K Redman

    This is really cool.  I do some of this type of work and this looks really nice.  I like the shot with the cabs on the left and the people walking in the street on the right.  I didn’t know the cabs were more of a night time thing in that area.

  • Benjamin

    You can be sure that it’s not a 4×5 digital back but just a 4×5 camera for movements, with a medium format (phase1 or leaf) back attached to it. A true 8×10 digital back does exist though: http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/08/23/mitchell-feinbergs-8×10-digital-capture-back/ :)

    Anyway, nice execution of this concept. Shame about the tiny size though.

  • Jordan

    Michael – one side of Times Square is pedestrianised.