There’s something uniquely soothing about the sounds of a guitar being strummed. What’s even more incredible though, is how it all looks from the inside.
Now, you might not be a fan of guitars, or you may absolutely love everything about them. Either way, regardless if you like them or not, you’re bound to fall in love with this amazing video of a guitar being played…the view is from the inside.
At first, it doesn’t really look like much. The view is what you’d expect- some fingers hovering over the latent strings.
But after a few seconds, you instantly become mesmerized with the hypnotic movements of the strings placed against a subtle blue backdrop of the Australian sky.
If you follow Australian guitarist Alan Gogoll on Instagram, then you may have already come across this incredible video. But if you don’t, then you’re in for a treat.
Honestly, we can’t decide which is more beautiful: the songs themselves or the pleasing sight of the guitar’s vibrating strings.
This is ‘Stringscapes,’ a video released by musician Alan Gogoll of his acoustic guitar’s strings oscillating while he plays (thanks to the camera’s framerate), with beautiful natural (out of focus) backdrops.
Why does it look like this? The reason is called ‘guitar oscillation’ and it is captured by a rolling shutter effect.
If you’ve ever strummed a guitar strong, you will notice it doesn’t usually tend to wobble like the way it does in the video above. The reason is because of the shutter speed.
When you take a picture with a camera that has a global shutter, the whole image is exposed at once. But a rolling shutter, which most smartphones have, works line by line.
Rolling shutters are less expensive, so they’re standard issue in phone cameras. But when objects in the shot move super fast — like a vibrating string, for example — the camera loses some of the object’s movement as it scans line by line. It’s like watching someone move in a strobe light.
So even though these oscillations look like they could be the actual vibrations that cause a string to produce sound, they’re not — it’s just a cool camera effect.