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May 30, 2012

VIDEO: Photographic Journey: Life at Blair

by Tolu Omokehinde, Print Managing Photo Editor
After nearly seven months of time consuming, strenuous hard work, I have finally completed my comprehensive time lapse of Montgomery Blair High School.

Some still frames from the Blair time lapse. Tolu Omokehinde
Some still frames from the Blair time lapse.
I started this project in November 2011, drawing inspiration from Terje Sorgjerd, a National Geographic Nature photographer who created an extensive time lapse of the day-night phenomenon in Norway. From there, I began researching time lapse photography, which led to someone hacking my Canon firmware (software the camera uses) to taking over 175,000 photos in seven months.

Despite the long hours I spent editing and piecing footage together, I've enjoyed the many views and perspectives that I got to photograph. One of the privileges and opportunities I got, which not many Blazers get to do, is to take pictures and experience the view from the roof of Blair. It really is a spectacular sight, and I share it with you in these videos. Because of the roof access, I was able to photograph everything from sunrises and sunsets to thunderstorms and stars.

This image shows one of the many scenes in time lapse video. Tolu Omokehinde
This image shows one of the many scenes in time lapse video.
Since this will be my final time lapse video, I just want to say 'Thank You" to Silver Chips. Silver Chips has not only made me a better photographer, it has allowed me to meet others who also love photography and aspire to learn more and achieve great things in the field. I would also like to give a special thanks to Mr.Yak, Mr. Fanning and Mr.Abdul, who not only granted me access to Blair's roof but made sure that I made it back down safely every time. Lastly, a special thanks to Emma Howells, who pushed me to finish the project when I had almost given up on it.

I wish my fellow photographers and writers good luck, and I hope everything runs smoothly next year.

~Tolu Omokehinde, Managing Photo Editor for Print 2011-2012

*See a Slideshow of still frames from the time lapse below:*



**Watch the actual video here:**


Editor's Note: Emma Howells is a Photo Editor for Silver Chips Online. Joseph Fanning is the advisor for Silver Chips Print.



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  • omg!! on May 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM
    tolu I am going to miss you! this was amazing but sad too!
  • Tolu!! on May 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    That video was so beautiful!
  • Wow! on May 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM
    Everything about this video is amazing! Congrats Tolu, nice work!
  • Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM
    So nice! What a good way to look back at my time at Blair
  • hi on May 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    tolulu you are brilliant
  • das on point! on May 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM
    this is one of the best videos i have ever seen! you make blair look amazing man! gotta do this for my school
  • Emma on May 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM
    Tolu you're making me cry AGAIN.
    • C'mon Man on June 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM
      Man, I love my manz Tolu, but why you gotta cry for? There ain't no reason to be sobbing. This is simply a timelapse. No tearjerker.
      • Emma on June 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM
        haha Tolu knows why.
      • >.> on June 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM
        last she will ever see him. dont be a jerk
  • EPIC on May 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM
    You did it again sir! You always be remember as one of Blair's best photographers. You gotta sell these man!
  • emma l on June 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM
    TOLU THIS MADE ME SO EMOTIONAL I LOVE IT YOU ARE AMAZING!
  • Fan! on June 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM
    As always, you are the most amazing photographer ever!!! :D :D
  • duuuude... on June 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM
    Pure. Genius. Please, please, please keep doing photography in the future. The beauty in your work needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Congrats!
  • blair needs more tolu on June 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM
    We need more people like Tolu in our school. period.
  • Big man on June 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM
    You have something special
  • Alumn on June 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM
    This is beautiful! Makes me miss a time in my life I never thought I would.
  • Chips Alum on June 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM
    picked up by the huffington post!!!! proud to be a blazer and a former SC editor
  • MBHS '04 on June 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM
    Awesome video. :)
  • Lexi on June 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM
    Beautiful! Saw the video on The Daily What.

    Question: What song is this? The piano piece is spectacular...
    • Tolu on June 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM
      The Arctic Light by Marika Takeuchi.
  • Admirer on June 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM
    Tolu, you are a star in this school. You by far are one of the best photographers in this area! Everybody will remember you because of this time lapse. Now its viral with over 20,000 hits. Your an inspiration to us student photographers. Do big things sir. I will never forget you man!
  • Maggie on June 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM
    Go Tolu! I think I'm allowed to comment now that I'm a SC alum..
  • Amy on June 7, 2012 at 4:19 AM
    picked up on msnbc. I think this is better than the NatGeo video. Keep doing what you do. You have a good eye and excellent insight.
  • Love it on June 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM
    Tolu, thanks for making a video that helps Blair alums remember what a beautiful school they enjoyed for four good years. Keep up the good work!
  • Ms. Fillman on June 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM
    Good stuff, Tolu! What an awesome way to say good bye.
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