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.
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.