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Old December 12th, 2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Fungus timelapse

Just thought I'd post a link to one of the fungus growth timelapse shots I've recently done for my forth coming film on the Stag beetle.


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Old December 12th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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Incredible and surreal.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #3
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Wow Mat, amazing!!!
What timescale was this captured over?

Speaking to a friend who is into his mushrooms, sounds like it is still being a bumper autumn!!!
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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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Very nice !
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Old December 12th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

This part of the growth was about 50hours, maybe a bit more. I based it on a 7minute frame time after speaking with the 'mushroom lady' !

20D/Nikon 55mm Micro - hooked up to a laptop.

Toughest thing about this is keeping everything consistant. Lighting was 2x cool lights 105w and 150w. But you appreciate how much bouncing around light does as even small changes in the objects around the scene can make a difference.

There are a few frames in there that could be smoothed out but I don't think it matters too much.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 01:43 PM   #6
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Brilliant stuff Mat, well done.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 04:55 PM   #7
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Truly wonderful Mat. 7 times I've watched it and, like mushrooms, it's growing on me organically.

It's the sort of video that would easily be trivialised by a soundtrack, especially a kinky one; but I'd love to watch it while listening to a brief mellow chorus Barry Tuckwell + a brass ensemble might play behind it.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #8
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Beautiful clip, I want to see more. You said you used a 20D, is that a Canon 20D DSLR?
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Old December 13th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #9
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Terrific clip, Mat.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #10
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Looks very good to me. Were the the lights on continuously for the whole 50 hours or were they only turned on for each shot?
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Thanks muchly everone !

Caleb - Yes canon 20d slr.

Alastair - Yep continuous lighting (Cool lights)
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SUUUPERCOOOOL!

I love it... This is super nice!
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Old December 15th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #13
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What program did you use to turn your photos into a video? Could you briefly explain the whole process of making a time lapse with a DSLR? Thanks.
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You can use FCP, FCE or Stop motion pro.
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It is a great shot and thanks for the lighting information. Did you have to mask out the ambient light?

My only criticism is that it comes to a rather sudden end. Was this "all you had time for" or is that how it ended? It is obviously too late to do anything in camera like progressively reducing the the time interval between shots but could you perhaps do anything in editing like starting to slip in more copies of the final frames and bring it to a more gentle stop?
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