When looking at the work of Canadian photographer Matt Molloy, it is impossible to stop thinking about the pictorial effect emulated by the “brush strokes” appearing in his photographs. The feeling it produces is that of being in front of a painting made by one of the great impressionist geniuses such as Monet or Renoir . And it is that, the photography of Molloy, is based on a style of "Timelapse" that captures hundreds of individual images together , forming a sequence of photos that are combined into a single static image, showing the progression of time, movement and changes in light and shadow, something similar to what happens in thelong exposure photography. However, the Molloy technique allows for greater control than would be possible through long exposure processes.
"The land of giant lollipops"
The photographs conform to the surrealist titles assigned to them by the author himself, such as "The Land of Giant Lollipops", a photograph in which several rotation cycles of some windmills are reflected in a single image . By displaying a single image, each composition reveals the passing of the day as a dreamlike panorama, as it happens in impressionist painting. We are talking about colored clouds braided in the sky , geometric compositions of an impossible nature or artificial elements blending in with the environment.
Such is the influence of the Impressionist masters on the work of Matt Molloy that even one of them is called "The Ways of Monet . " In this photograph we can see some train tracks surrounded by a natural environment of bright colors that is highly reminiscent of works by the French painter such as "Le Bassin Aux Nympheas" painted in 1919.
"The ways of Monet"
How is this effect achieved?
The fundamental basis of this technique is to take several photographs over a period of time on a scene or object . They will always be taken from a fixed position, helped by a tripod, and later they would have to be merged into a single image. Regarding shooting intervals, the shorter the interval between shots, the smoother the movement that will be reflected. Typically the ideal is to shoot in the 3-6 second range for an entire day. Sometimes only 30 photos are needed to achieve an optimal result, but the number is usually in the hundreds. An intervalometer can be usedexternal to control the camera. The intervalometers for SLR cameras are inexpensive and very easy to install. In the event that you have a Canon camera , we recommend Open Source software called "Magic Lantern" that includes, among many other functions, an intervalometer , which is what we need to follow the Molloy technique . All you have to do is download it and a bunch of new features will immediately appear in our camera menu for in-depth experimentation. "Magic Lantern" works perfectly but like other Open Source software it is not approved by Canon, which would affect the warranty of our camera in the event that it generates some -although unlikely- problem.