A LITTLE BIT OF ENTROPY

BOTANICAL GARDENS SF

Creek

360º Panorama

MUIR WOODS

On the trail with Onika

360º Panorama

TOMALES BAY

Crabs!

Motion Control Timelapse

MONTEREY TIDES

New Years Day 2010

360º Panorama

AT&T PARK

Outfield

360º Panorama

CATEL DI AMOROSO

Napa Valley Winery

360º Panorama

MURIOS BAR

Haight Street San Francisco

360º Panorama

SUTRO BATHS RUINS

San Francisco

360º Panorama

CITY HALL HDR

San Francisco City Hall

HDR Photo

GLOWING TENT

Mt. Diablo Camping

Long Exposure Photo

NEW YEARS 2013 PANO

Tiburon Ca.

360º Panorama

ZION NATIONAL PARK UTAH

The Loop Trail

360º Panorama

HELLO, I AM FRANCIS CROSSMAN


WELCOME TO MY COLLECTION OF FASCINATING VISUALS

I have been fascinated by all things electronic since a very young age while poking about in my grandfathers electronics lab. My grandmother, meanwhile, had me doing great art projects. Why not blend the two? And so I did.

  • PANORAMA

    -EMMERSIVE-

    A process for creating a 3D navigateable environment out of many still images. I was originally introduced to this technology as QTVR (quicktime virtual reality) way back in the 90’s. Technology has come a long way since then.

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  • TIMELAPSE

    -LONG NOW-

    Thousands of still images are taken over a long period of time, and then played back fast. I first became fascinated by timelapse photography while in film school when I saw the film Baraka. I love the effect of speeding up time.

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  • ROBOTS

    -ELECTROLOVE-

    Curiosity about the physical world and the inner workings of machines has always been a huge fascination of mine. I spent hours as a kid playing with legos and sketching out mechanisms for robots I planned to build one day.

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  • PHOTO

    -FREEZE-

    I love the tediously technical aspect of setting the exposure by hand, focussing the lens, composing the frame and finally the satisfying click of the shutter. There is something beautiful about a moment frozen in time.

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In my professional life I am a video editor and work extensively in video production and post production - but that is not what this portfolio is trying to show off. These are my side projects: the things that make me happy to work on. I think it's terribly important to stay curious and creative.

About this Blog // I have been tinkering around with these things for so long now and very rarely get to show them off to anyone. This whole site is essentially a means of exhibiting the various things that interest me and that I'm proud of.

  • OPERA HOUSE DECK

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    On the deck of the San Francisco Opera.

     

  • ZION NATIONAL PARK UTAH

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    Zion National Park Utah

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    Loop Trail

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    The Narrows – Upper

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    The Narrows – Lower

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    Emerald Pools

  • MADONNA INN FOR ONIKA’S BIRTHDAY

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    I took Onika to the Madonna Inn for her birthday this year.

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  • JOSHUA TREE NEW YEARS

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    We spent new years in Joshua Tree this year.

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  • MOTION CONTROL IGUS SLIDER

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    This is the beginning of my motorized slider for use with eMotimo while doing time-lapse or Dragonframe for stop motion animation.  More writing to follow.

  • TIBURON NEW YEARS

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    It’s been our tradition over the past few years to go on a trip for New Years. We’ve been to Monterey, Chicago, LA, and now Tiburon.  We’ve found that the stress of trying to find a fun party to go to and the last minute unplanned mad dashes across town to some stupid bar are just not worth it. It seems that nobody will ever make a solid plan because everybody has built up the expectation in their head that this is supposed to be the most fun they’ve had all year.  Well, as it usually turns out, this is one of the more lame nights of the year, and you usually are left feeling ripped off (and hung over) the next morning.  So Onika and I decided a few years back that we should just go on a trip and either take it easy, or party if we want to, but just relax and have a nice time by ourselves.  It’s one of the best traditions we have.

    So, this year we took the ferry from San Francisco to Tiburon and stayed for 2 nights at the Tiburon Lodge. It was super nice.  We rang in the new year with a few dozen people down in the harbor by the ferry terminal looking at the fireworks coming from San Francisco – a bit ironic that we left the city only to stare longingly at the SF fireworks.  Tiburon was super quiet and we enjoyed that.  The Lodge has a hottub, which Onika loves, so while she soaked I managed to get out and do some panoramas and take some pictures.

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    Tiburon Ferry Terminal daytime

    Tiburon Ferry Terminal daytime

    This is the fateful panorama where I dropped a knob from my pano rig in the bay.  I was standing on this stormdrain outlet in to the bay and managed to fumble the tilt knob and watched it in slow motion as it went – plink – plink – plink – SPLOOSH! I was rather upset, but while walking back to the hotel in a funk I looked down at my rig and realized – this screw that the knob used to attach to looks rather a lot like a 1/4-20 screw which is about the most common thread out there.  So I started to eyeball street signs and anything mechanical and managed to set free a lonely 1/4-20 nut previously holding a drain pipe to a building (don’t worry there are still 3 other screw holding the thing in place).  YAY – BACK IN BUSINESS – THANK YOU LEATHERMAN. Here are the remaining panoramas I was able to take with my Macguyvered rig later that night.

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    Tiburon Ferry Terminal nighttime

    Tiburon Ferry Terminal nighttime

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    Tiburon Main Street night

    Tiburon Main Street night

     

  • MUIR WOODS PANO

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    Onika and I took her mom to Muir woods when she visited us the year before we go married.

     

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    Muir Woods Bridge

    Muir Woods Bridge

     

  • CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS

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    This pano is in front of the Conservatory of flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I shot this pano a few years ago and just got around to processing it.

     

     

     

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    Conservatory of Flowers

    Conservatory of Flowers

    Little Planet

    Little Planet

     

     

  • CHRISTMAS AT DILLON BEACH

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    This year my family decided to ditch the city and spend some time at a beach house at Dillon Beach which is near Point Reyes (about an hour and a half north of San Francisco).

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    Dillon Beach house outside

    Dillon Beach house inside

  • CITY HALL HDR

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    This is an HDR shot of City Hall in San Francisco.  I took it on a misty night on my dinner break working at the Opera.  This is taken from the horse-shoe between the Opera House and the Hearbst Veterans building.

San Francisco, CA

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