View south along the plain cut by the Molonglo River. In the distance, the clouds send tendrils of mist down to dress and undress the hills.
This animation started as a series of short 1-2 second movies. I think I shot about 50 of these until the sun broke through at the right time. In Photoshop CC, I imported the most steady avi file, dropping every second frame, into a series of 18 layers - trying for a complete rotation - focusing on a rusted blade (every 1.8 seconds in the final). In the animation timeline, to reflect the dropping of half the frames, I increased the length of each element to 0.1 second.
While the camera was fairly steady, there was still a lot of movement - so I manually adjusted each frame so that there was no movement at one or two key points - a bit difficult as the bearing of the windmill slowly shifted, and the gear below also wobbled :)
I then chose a single level, duplicated it and made it the alpha layer, and created a transparent zone where I wanted to demonstrate movement. I masking all parts of the other layers outside this zone, reducing the final file size to about 5% of the original.
Palerang July 2014