If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization.[see_also]
“The source footage for this video is a 4-minute shot from the Washington Street bridge above State Route 163 in San Diego captured at 2:39pm Oct 1, 2013. My aim is to reveal the color palette and color preferences of contemporary San Diego drivers in addition to traffic patterns and volumes. There are no CG elements, these are all real cars that have been removed from one sample and reorganized.”
This video is the third in a fascinating series Kuckenbaker is calling the San Diego Studies. In each example his method has been to “collapse time to reveal otherwise unobservable rhythms and movement in the city.” His first two examples, which you can also see below, feature skies full of arriving and departing aircraft at San Diego airport.
San Diego Study #3: Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color
San Diego Study #2: Departures from San Diego Int Airport Dec 27
San Diego Study #1: Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012