Sneak peek

at a project I'm working on at the moment.

Inspired by some pretty awesome timelapse videos I've seen of late, I'm giving it a go myself. This is a short (4 sec) sequence I shot tonight (over 72 mins of actual time).

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 5th May 2009, This photo: 4:43am

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  • ronnietan15 said:
    thats cool! looking forward to it!
  • MΛЯK said:
    Whoa! That is awesome David!
    How many frames and how far apart were they?
  • johammond said:
    That's beautiful!!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    It'll be a while coming, lots of time to shoot seconds of video...
    96 frames @ 24fps. Took 72 mins to shoot it, start to finish, resulting in a mere 4 secs of video. This will be a long project.
    Thanks :)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
  • EclipseAu said:
    Hey David. This is awesome. Wouldn't it be excellent if the camera manufacturers actually programmed a time lapse mode. Well done. most enjoyable
  • Fermata Productions said:
    very nicely done, just wondering if you used a laptop and eos utility or just did it manually?
  • David de Groot said:
    Hopefully I can keep at it and produce a decent end result :)
    They do in the high-end compact market. Our old Canon S2-IS has a built in intervalometer.
    Timer remote :)
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Wow That's awesome Dave! Looking forward to seeing the final (or some of) product!
  • Backflipboy said:
    Stupid question (I guess) but if you shot it at night, why is the sun rising rather than setting?
    It's a pretty good job though - thinking that maybe there needs to be more time between frames. While it is only a short piece, all the action happens in the blink of an eye at the end.
  • David de Groot said:
    I just need to stick to it.. and hope I don't run out of disk space in the process ;-)
    Because it's not the sun rising, it's a cloud coming up from the left. The moon is high behind the camera (notice the shadow changes on the trunk). The glow on the horizon is that of Brisbane.
    I'm a bit annoyed I didn't set it going for more shots and capture more of the cloud, but well, there's plenty of time to shoot more.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Time-lapsing has a way of using up all your spare time and certainly a large chunk of HD space! My Hebrides TL project is almost 2 years old now and maybe only half of the footage is good enough for the final film. I need to capture more people "doing stuff" footage, travel to other islands and attempt some night shots.
    Your 5D's low-light ability is great for capturing the stars, better than my 40D for sure.
    One bit of advice: if you have the battery power, keep capturing for as long as you can. I've sometimes given up on a scene too early, packed the camera away and started heading home, only for the clouds and sun to start the real show. Also, look for strong 16:9 compositions.
    Looking forward to seeing your future lapses. :-)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wow, Dave, I'm looking forward to your efforts.... having seen the ones you showed me!
  • Garry' said:
    Great Dave....I watched it a few times and I am flabbergasted. I am looking forward to your 8 hour time lapse with a swag and coffee machine besides you....sssss.
  • mitchell burns said:
    wharrr i too watched it a few times..... its cool as bru!, your gona be out for hours to try get a long one, but it will be worth it .. :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Valuable advice Tim. This one should have gone longer, but it was partly a technology test to make sure I'd nailed down how to do it.
    Thanks Kane. Don't hold your breath though - I'll need roughly 90 hours of shooting to get enough frames for 5 mins of vid.
    Now there's something you don't see everyday - a flabbergasted Garry ;-)
    Full moon this weekend...
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, many hours planned, and different scenes too.
  • mitchell burns said:
    so wen u say it took '96 frames @ 24fps'... what dose that meen, your camera was doing 24fps?? ah im lost.. :(
  • baar_01 said:
    I love how the cloud comes from the bottom corner. It's like you stopped it just as things were about to get really interesting. :P
  • Out_and_About said:
    That is really great! I've yet to find time to play with my movie making capabilities on the day....
    Maybe we could organise a flickr meet for those with movie making abilities to learn from the master - ie you!
  • David de Groot said:
    @Mitch - It means I shot 96 still frames over 72 mins, and then combined them into a movie at a frame rate of 24 frames per second, thus resulting in 4 seconds of actual video.
    @Matthew - yeah, I'd pre-set the remote to do 96 frames, there were no clouds to be seen anywhere, when I returned to the camera it was too late to start another set going as I didn't get down there soon enough for the clouds to flow smoothly.
    @Michelle - Well for time-lapse, you don't need any movie making abilities in the camera itself, just a timer remote (or if you're a masochist, a normal remote and a stopwatch).
    Any sort of meet for time-lapse would be a very long and mostly dull affair really. ;-) That's not to say I wouldn't be up for one, just forewarning.
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    This is looking to be a great project. When I did my star trails I took over 100 shots and merged them through a program called Star Trails. When it was merging them it looks like a great movie of the sky moving and clouds passing.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's a pretty neat effect, that's for sure.
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Fabulous! I love how the tree is the centre of rotation. Well picked.
    Wish it had gone (2 sec!?) half an hour longer.
    5DMkII has a time-lapse mode?
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Andrew. Yeah I should have set it up for more shots... d'oh. But no, the 5DII doesn't have a time-lapse mode, but I have a timer remote for it. (third party version of the Canon TC-80N3).
  • anindha said:
    Nice work. Do you use manual exposure or auto exposure?
  • David de Groot said:
    Full manual, auto exposure does not work for this sort of thing.
  • anindha said:
    What do you do if you are shooting a sunrise or similar? I found the change in light was too much to keep it on one setting.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well that becomes tricky. You either use the light fall off (at sunset) as a fade out, or you start doing it manually rather than timer remote, and adjust the exposures as you see fit. You could try Av mode, but I'm not sure you'd get consistent enough exposures to blend nicely without undue flickering in the final video.