Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Restoring an Icon - GBTimelapse Involved in Unique Project

Enjoy a front-row seat to the restoration of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and America’s Ship of State.  GBTimelapse user Greg Cooper was retained by the USS Constitution Museum to document the three-year restoration project. 

Constitution Cam
The Constitution Cam displays photographs from a unique vantage – outside a third floor window of the USS Constitution Museum. The image will automatically refresh every few minutes.

About the Restoration Project Using Time-Lapse Photography
Read about the project and the use of time-lapse photography and GBTimelapse in Greg's documentation in his own words below...

The USS Constitution Museum retained me to document the three-year restoration of the USS Constitution which is taking place in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard. I chose to document this historic event using time-lapse photography in order to generate a time-lapse movie of the event. The equipment includes a Canon DSLR camera and a mini computer running Windows operating system with an internet connection in an all-weather housing. The higher end Cannon DSLR cameras do not have a built-in intervalometer to capture images at a predetermined time and requires an external shutter release with a built-in intervalometer. Basic intervalometer devices can control the interval at which images are captured, for example, once every five minutes. However, they cannot control the times of day when images are captured, for example, only between 6am and 10 pm. There is little to no activity at the dry dock during the evening hours. Images captured during this time would be unnecessary and require extra data transfer, storage and management. I needed a tool that could control both the interval and the time of day that pictures are captured. I found Granite Bay Software to be the best solution. I run Granite Bay software on the mini computer to remotely control not only the interval and timer period of image capture but also to modify the script that controls other camera settings. With Granite Bay Software, I can also transfer images using its built-in ftp protocol to an offsite server. That server has custom viewing software that I developed and which allows the visitor to view images from specific dates and times. In addition, the website dynamically builds a video clip of the restoration progress each night for client viewing. The museum continually showcases the most recent image on their blog during the restoration process and provides a direct link to the viewing software website. The capabilities of Granite Bay Software enables me to provide these services to my client.

About the USS Constitution
The 2015 restoration marks the first time that USS Constitution has been dry docked in the 21st century. Dry Dock 1, in the Charlestown Navy Yard, is the second oldest operational dry dock in the United States and Constitution was the first warship to enter that dock on June 24, 1833. The work of this restoration will include replacing the lower hull planking and caulking; removing the 1995 copper sheathing and replacing it with 3,400 sheets of new copper that will protect the ship’s hull below the waterline; replacement of select deck beams; and on-going preservation and repair of the ship’s rigging, upper masts, and yards. The cost of the restoration is expected to be $12-15 million and will be paid for by the U.S. Navy.