Have you ever seen a full car detail done in 2 minutes? Who could accomplish
something so fast and actually have it clean? Well we did, sort of…
Using the small, durable go-pro camera, we captured the frame-by-frame sequence of the entire process in a video lasting a little over 2 minutes. With each part of the detail process gaining the spotlight, we aim to help you make the connection between what the final product looks like and what goes on the the shop.
In order to display how a vehicle goes through an "almost-metamorphosis" when cleaned, we wanted a fast yet informative video to give a nice balanced ratio of speed to the action taking place.
We wanted to give a little taste of the project and keep the viewer interested throughout the length of the video. We programmed the camera to shoot every 5 seconds. Through the length of the video there are, in fact, times that we stop and restart the camera in order to reset the camera for the next shot. We covered a variety of area and angles throughout the shop to show the familiarity with how our workers use the tools and execute the project in a consistent manner. We caught the full process by setting it up, to gather a wide angle, and see most of the vehicle. It is amazing to watch the complete process in a little over 2 minute.
As with other fast yet detailed services, capturing the whole process is tricky. The camera is not completely safe from things that could disrupt it. We tried setting it in different positions to give a good view of the entire detail task. In the first project we tried having it mounted on one of our employees’s head, but it can be hard to follow with the camera shake. Having it stable, with added light, was preferable to give a balanced feel to the picture quality captured as multiple photos pieced together. As we continued we tried using a nice angle to keep the camera stationary and capture a full sense of the working environment. With a little trial and error we were able to set up the camera and let it run. We found a nice way to complement the hurried yet detailed feel of vehicle cleaning. It is interesting to note how much happens in the short time the video plays.
Whether it’s making sure the camera stays in place after it gets bumped or keeping the view clear of obstacles, there are a number of small adjustments to the angle of placement at which it is shot. Sometimes the point of view video is a little hard to follow (although go - pros get a nice wide range, they will not show the process completely as it happened). We started with the point of view angle and allowed the video a slow scroll over to keep the viewer focused on each portion of the vehicle. After trial and error at some other speeds we set the camera to take the picture once every 5 seconds in order that the pictures were taken long enough apart to compile over 3000 photos. We were able to capture the full process with the total amount of photos gathered into a continuous play.
Through the quick flip technique of time-lapse you are able to make sense of what is happening, once a number of photos are seen in this sped up cycle and the complete view is seen. Although not shot as a tutorial, this video gives a small insight into the average step by step process going
into a typical cleaning.
If you have wanted to find a way to see what happens after you leave your vehicle at our shop here is your opportunity. Using a go- pro camera to capture frame by frame sequence of car detailing, with all the methods of seeing a clean vehicle through media, we would like to show your car in a new way. Our target was a unique look at our functional treatment of your vehicle. I know it is hard to imagine the cars could be so clean in such a short time, but we love the practice.
I am often amazed at light's ability to change our perspective. A vehicle that seems to be in pretty good shape when you look it over it in your garage, can have some serious issues revealed when met with the truth of the brilliant rays of the sun. Suddenly the gunk in the stereo knobs and the dog hair build up between the seats have the appearance of some grotesque organism trying to slowly devour your vehicles interior. Not to mention all the dings, scratches, and rub marks that appear on what seemed to be a nice looking car in the shade of a tree. Like life, it takes exposing those issues to the light in order to address them. Once the problems have been identified, they can then be addressed and overcome so that once again, we and our vehicles can reflect the light brilliantly in near perfection.
The other phenomenon that strikes me, as with the featured dually pick up, is that light can change a color's hue. We could stare at this vehicle all day long in the shade, and as it has been detailed, it looks very nice with very few issues. However, if we were to try to match the paint, unless we saw it in the light, we would touch up rock chips and deep scratches with black instead of gray. Then when the light once again revealed the truth, our repairs would be uncomplimentary and instead appear as blemishes. Only in the light can we be sure we are moving in the right direction.
Fuel for your thought engine...
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How do you like to spend a day off from work? Do you travel the areas around Bozeman very often? Perhaps you have been to Belgrade often and you're looking for something closer than Big Sky. And perhaps your vehicle is quite ready to be cleaned. Check out our store in Four Corners and learn more about our part of this valley. Here are some great options for spending an afternoon as you wait for that pristine detail at S.A.M. on your car: If you are ready to head out of Bozeman and find a convenient place to spend some time, try Four Corners' great local businesses. (If you are new to the area it is located west of town about 6 miles and there are plenty of things to keep you busy!) It is always nice to find a potential family favorite that many of the locals will recommend. There are a variety of stops to fit any budget. If you are looking for food check out Gallatin River Lodge, The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe, Buffalo Bump Pizza Deli, Mama Mac's or the Kountry Korner cafe as some local spots for either a quick bite and offer a great sit down atmosphere. Of course there are plenty of us that would love to “eat out” in the great outdoors. Grab a snack from one of these local restaurants and spend some time on the other end of a fishing pole on the nearby Gallatin river fishing access. Make it a picnic and order pizza or a burger to go.
Are you away from family and just thinking of a place you can bring your pet?
Consider stopping by the Bozeman Dog Store to find supplies for your dog grooming needs,
then check out the Bridger Feeds - West for animal food and supplies,
or swing by the new Murdochs location to start planning another backyard project.
There are a number of great artists in the area. Keep your eyes open for some local art on display in various restaurants and coffee shops including Dave and Jennie Lockies’ Mountain
arts pottery shop connected with the Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe. With ceramics
and other unique work it may be just what you need for a gift for friends.
Remember we now offer gift cards at the shop.
With a number of car stores near our detail shop, it might be a good idea
to shop for Fathers Day or take Dad along to pick out a gift, and while you're at it,
make it a fun dad-night.
From Go-carting at the Full Circle Indoor Kart Racing place,to shopping or eating out,
there are a number of great options for a family that is looking for an eventful evening after that fresh car detail. Expand your horizons and come out to Four Corners this summer!