This week eyeonbend.com announced it is up and running and is offering a free view of downtown bend from the highest point on the corner of Bond and Franklin Streets to a website and smartphones.
The view from the camera is also being used by News channel 21 on NBC and FOX as their “Downtown Bend” camera which can be seen during news and local alert weather segments daily. By visiting eyeonbend.com a user can choose to view a live downtown picture of Bend, see the latest full day time lapse from sunrise to sunset taken at 1 photo every 30 seconds or view interesting highlights from the last few days.
There is also a link to visit the archives of pictures and links to YouTube for viewing over 100 archived videos of “Bend in a day.” The videos feature mostly original acoustic music. The camera records from 4:45 AM until Midnight, 7 days a week and streams live 24X365.
“We are providing something that no one else is doing right now: archiving the daily patterns of not only the weather in Bend but the secret life of the city itself 24 hours a day. The view from the top of the tallest building downtown gives us and our viewers a unique vantage point to see how nature and the city co-exist. We love to catch everything from the Pet Parade and the summer festivals to the downtown Bike race events,” said Michael Kellogg
Eyeonbend.com is the brainchild of Kellogg. After completing many time lapse construction projects in the Central Oregon area, he decided to capture a sequence of photographs of the horizon and cascade mountain range. Much to everyone’s surprise the camera caught an incredible collection of photos.
The “Bend in a day” movies capture the movement of time through the creeping shadows, the flow patterns of moving vehicles and pedestrians, trees seemingly vibrating in the wind and the amazing ballet of clouds and rainfall. The time lapse movies make it possible to see the process of snow and water evaporation and reflect the dynamic weather patterns of Central Oregon.
“We are using a remote controlled camera that broadcasts a live video stream over the internet to multiple viewers at the same time and takes still pictures to be assembled into movies later,” said Kellogg. The camera can move 360 degrees and is able to capture low light events like the moon setting over the cascades and views of the busy streets after dark.
“We hope to make eyeonbend.com an informative center for information about events in Bend and provide live coverage of downtown happenings.”