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Detroit News posts remarkable time-lapse video of Joe Louis Arena becoming a hockey rink again

The Detroit News's David Guralnick is a TMR fan favorite, and the Detroit News's Tom Greenwood reports that Guralnick did something spectacular with his cameras over a two-day period of time last week:

Over a two-day period, photographer David Guralnick created a time-lapse video - edited down to roughly 3,800 separate frames — that shows Joe Louis Arena being transformed from an auto show venue to an ice rink; a 48-hour job reduced to 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

The transformation took place from 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17, according to Guralnick, who first had to receive permission from the Red Wings before going to work.

"I hung the camera up in the catwalks above the arena, looking for an angle that would show the entire rink when they were finished," Guralnick said. "I'd say I was about 10 feet away from the roof, so I'd say I was way up there."

Guralnick then attached a device to his camera that would trigger the camera to take a photo once every 30 seconds.

"It's called a PocketWizard transceiver," Guralnick said. "You can program it to take photos at varying intervals. Normally, I would plug the camera into an outlet for power, but this time I had to rely on batteries."

Which meant every morning, he had to shimmy back up onto the catwalk to replace the battery. But one morning he was late and the battery had died.

"I missed about a three-hour window of recording," Guralnick said. "But it wasn't too bad because there wasn't much of a break in the action. Except for a few breaks, the crew seemed to work for 48 straight hours."

Here's what Guralnick's work produced after another couple days' worth of late nights spent edting the videos to straighten out the images:


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RedMenace's avatar

Man, that is a far, FAR cry from the way we used to do it at the local rink.

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 01/21/13 at 05:39 PM ET

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