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Old February 8th, 2004, 10:29 PM   #1
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Sky time lapse

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I made this time lapse on a shoestring budget.
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Old February 9th, 2004, 03:55 AM   #2
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some of the initial shots seem pretty blown out on the sky/clouds. and in the full trailer, a lot of the cuts are kindof dizzying they are so jumpy.. that said, however, the imagery is breathtaking.. especially the last 1/3 of the trailer, has a lot of really powerful stuff.

what did you shoot this with?

i'm about to start work on trying to put together a 10minute HDfilm of timelapse "life" in vegas.. city streets, sunrise, sunset, sky, trees, bugs on sidewalk, etc.. i'm not quite sure how long it's going to take me do in my sparetime though, heh.. perhaps a longtime.
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Old February 9th, 2004, 04:25 AM   #3
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I've made similar time lapse skies using a Canon S110 PowerShot. It involves holding down the shutter trigger for eight or so minutes at a time, until the CF card is all filled up with images. (This can get tiring, especially in high winds!) With one of the newer PowerShots this would easily yield HD res footage.

This old sky of mine could stand to be run through a video filter to reduce flicker.
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Old February 9th, 2004, 04:36 PM   #4
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great stuff.. some more info would be appretiated.
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Old February 9th, 2004, 04:52 PM   #5
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Many thanks!
BTW, the time lapse I shot was in digital video. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.
(edit: found the solutions to stills)
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Old February 9th, 2004, 05:15 PM   #6
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More info:

I've been doing this pretty seriously a few years now, entirely for the love of it (it's rarely fun). it's a blend of landscape photography and meteorology. Driving is what takes the most time. Weather hardly ever comes to me. I probably drove over 3000 miles to get this stuff, as good weather doesn't happen where I live. Only a couple weeks ago I put it on the web.

The thunderstorms are maybe the most challenging to shoot and most rewarding. To get good shots, it takes lots of driving (anxious speeding) and looking for good open vistas. Powerlines, narrow shoulders, trees, buildings, cars, pedestrians, all obstacles, it's terribly difficult without luck and can be terribly unrewarding and wastefully expensive. It's twice as hard to get any good time lapse anywhere near civilization. It's lonesome and frustrating work and the payoffs only come when a really cool scene happens that I'm shooting.

I don't have big ambitions, I'm no filmmaker with some agenda, I just like making time lapse and looking at clouds. I'm just a nature freak.

"i'm about to start work on trying to put together a 10minute HDfilm of timelapse "life" in vegas.. city streets, sunrise, sunset, sky, trees, bugs on sidewalk, etc.. i'm not quite sure how long it's going to take me do in my sparetime though, heh.. perhaps a longtime."
I envy you, my friend!
Time lapse can be very fun when it works. My best friendly advice: scout locations with good views, watch the weather channel, and yes, expect to spend alot of time...
It took me over three years (off and on) to make those three minutes at my site.

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Old February 9th, 2004, 11:22 PM   #7
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A lot of time lapse photography benefits from a bit of motion blur. Without it, the footage evinces an unnatural feel of movie footage shot with an extreme amount of light and a very short open shutter time.
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Old February 10th, 2004, 02:04 AM   #8
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very calming footage and music.

May I suggest a slight motion blur inbetween clips to smooth it all together, also the clips are very short and rapid, maybe making them a second longer would help.

what camera?

You might want to check this one out:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=21073
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Old February 10th, 2004, 03:00 AM   #9
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Thanks, I'll try a motion blur... I think I like the speed the way it is though.
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