A few days ago I discovered Google Auto Awesome and was pleasantly surprised. Take a bunch of photos from the same place, of the same scene, and Google would merge the photos into a little animation. In my case, the animation was of runners in the NYCRuns Shore Road 10K reaching the midway point to head back for the finish. The photos share a common background, blue sky with some buildings in the distance, the road, clearly delineated by grass on one side and the sea railing on the other side. Check it out at https://plus.google.com/109153989599275468311/posts/cF6t72rD4Mj
At yesterday's PPTC Al Goldstein 5K Summer Series, Race #5, I thought I would be able to re-produce the animation by taking photos of the runners at the starting line. My duty at the race was to stay with the last few runners to make sure everyone finish safely, so I had no need to be with the front users. I took ten photos of the users dashing off but alas no animation was made. I don't think it's because of the camera I used, a traditional digital camera from which I uploaded the photos via iPhoto into a Picasa album. I think it's more because in Prospect Park the trees and bushes on the side of the road appear as a big blob to Google's computer eyes. It cannot discern the forest scenery. It probably didn't help that every now and then someone would go against traffic and passed too close to my camera. So no animation. Live and learn.
The photos, sans Awesome animation, are at