sunrise 2008-07-28 time lapse
cloud tank: take 2 (clip)
cloud tank: take 1 (time lapsed)
Fresh Pics: Rare Cloud Formations →
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cloud tank: the setup
I setup a cloud tank based on some online research. The results were promising for certain effects like rain, but simulating cumulus or cumulonimbus formations would take a lot more work. Here’s the scoop (video to follow): Supplies: -20 gallon, rectangular fish tank -salt (non-iodized) -evaporated/condensed milk -medium sized syringe (“Flavor Injector” from the kitchen aisle @...
Sigh of relief: Lightroom 2.0 ships
Get it. At least now my entire sabbatical won’t be organized by beta software. I, however, am stuck in perpetual beta. I highly recommend Lightroom because it allows me to organize and non-destructively edit my images (Raw, Photoshop, etc.), and the app can do this while leaving the images where they are. Apple’s Aperture, Lightroom’s closest competitor, stores imported images...
Long-Lost Reels Of 1927's 'Metropolis' Recovered →
NPR: Long-Lost Reels Of 1927’s ‘Metropolis’ Recovered 20 minutes of missing footage found in Argentina(!). So much for my copy of this.
time lapse demo reels
that’s what i’m talkin’ ‘bout. (as the kids say) GRANT WAKEFIELD - LANDSCAPE TIMELAPSE from PMW Creative on Vimeo. Night Timelapse MOTION from Timescapes.org on Vimeo.
researching telescope motor drives for time lapse
i’m prepping to buy a telescope with a motor drive to do slow motion panning while shooting time lapse. i don’t really need the telescope, but it’s hard to find the motors by themselves. it looks like the whole package can be had for ~$200 on ebay or craigslist. === edit: if you’re interested, don’t want the telescope and don’t want to mess with ebay or...
Planning for a dawn to dusk time lapse shoot
I posted a few thought on this earlier here. I want to shoot a full day’s worth of time lapse of the sky. Here are my thoughts so far. === Problem: Where do I put the camera where I have a good vantage point and not have to babysit it for the entire day? Solution: My uncle has a grain bin that I can place the camera/tripod on top of, fastening it down with bungie cords, etc. I’m...
Here and Now : Can Lightening Strike Twice? -... →
fascinating stories about lightning strikes as religious experiences: superstitions, churches’ supposed immunity to lightning, church bell ringers being struck anyway and martin luther’s close encounter.
Meduzarts Digital Environment Studio →
matte paintings for 300, Sin City
minimize time lapse flicker with gbdeflicker and after effects
MILapse: instructional time lapse videos
MILapse on vimeo HDR Timelapse - High Dynamic Range Video
All students should watch this. It’s short, well acted, well shot and edited, with minimal locations, actors and props. And it’s got great color correction. Go to vimeo and watch the HD version. Then head over to prolost and check out the color correction before/afters. No matte paintings though… Back to work.
fireworks - finale_WS_1 time echo_split couldn’t leave it alone. here’s a split view of before on the right, after on the left. Good: -subtle and natural enhancement at first glance. -footage feels brighter and more colorful. Bad: -not quite as noticeable as i’d hoped. here’s the breakdown: i used time echo in after effects, which is aptly named. rather than a single frame...
Recent Volcanic Activity - The Big Picture -... →
when creating images that are unreal yet look real, look at images that are real yet look unreal. reference, reference, reference.
Timescapes - Digital Timelapse Photography... →
looks like a good signal/noise ratio forum for high end gear and techniques.
fireworks finale WS HVX200 24p Good: -shot is wide enough that almost no cropping occurs on the top or sides -i set the camera to b.press mode, which crushes the shadows down to black to avoid excessive shadow noise. it worked quite well, and i only had to tweak the levels slightly (input black -> 7) to get the purely black sky shown here. Bad: -i thought i shot this at 60p (60 frames per...
Summer break’s over. Returning ~$20k worth of equipment to the school. Would anyone really miss this D2X? Or these lenses? HVX..? Sigh…
Nikon D2X, 15mm, 3.0 sec @ f/16, 4 sec interval Good: -lighting + rainbow = wha? -8 seconds worth of footage is a pretty good run. -can you spot the double rainbow? it’s barely noticeable. i didn’t even see it while photographing. Bad: -only 8 seconds worth! this was an incredible storm. i think i’d still complain if i had gotten 5 minutes worth… -needs some dust busting...
cloud seq night + lightning 2 - D70 28mm f/4 2.0 sec - 3.5 sec interval Good: -excellent cloud dynamics -lightning -exposure is good for clouds and lightning Bad: -lots of noise and horizontal banding. might be fixed using add/remove grain in after effects, but that might soften a lot of the detail. i’ll consider batching the individual images through noise ninja in photoshop...
cloud seq night + lightning 2 - D70 28mm f/4 2.0 sec - 3.5 sec interval - time stretched test render using frame blending (high quality / optical flow) and 1000% time stretch in after effects cs3. Good: -cloud motion interpolates well. this technique looks promising for images without any sudden changes. Bad: -obvious issues with the lightning. i was curious to see what after effects...
sunset sequence D2X 14mm f/8 1/250 s Test shoot - time lapse of a sunset. Good: -decent cloud action on the horizon -smooth gradation throughout, with little flickering -exposure was a decent compromise between highlights (hey, the sun is going to clip) and shadows (obviously increase as sun sets) -f/8 provides some of the best quality for the lens (middle of the road apertures usually...
first day of school! first day of school!
And we’re off… Currently compressing/posting last week’s test shoots for Flickr and Vimeo. More later.
shooting time lapse: shutter speeds
Long story short: simply shooting an image of clouds every 3 seconds from a locked off tripod does not produce professional results. In the resulting animation, the clouds don’t look like they’re flowing through the sky. They look choppy, like stop motion. To make time lapse clouds’ movement look smooth, I need to capture the images in a way that mimics a movie film...
shooting time lapse: intervalometers
To capture smooth cloud movement I need to take pictures at a consistent interval, say one every 3 or 5 seconds. The school’s Nikon D2X has an intervalometer built in which fires the camera for a certain number of shots space apart by a certain amount of time (or until the card is full). This works nicely, but my D70 lacks this function. My options are to shoot with the D70 tethered via USB...
I’m still not sure how to transition from one animation to the next. Some options: Crossfades (cop out) Spatial transitions/camera moves which respect space/time Stylized spatial transitions, irrespective of space/time 2D “postcards in space” popup book stylizations Google earth fly through “tour” (yikes) Shadowbox a la Joseph Cornell… Zoom into one box...
My 3 month sabbatical starts in a few days. My plan is to add motion to my Midwesternal series of images, through any means possible — compositing, 2D/3D animation, video, stop motion, zoetropes, animated GIFs, etc. But not Flash. Ever. The final comps will be delivered in 1080p, most likely on Blu-Ray. Anyhow, this blog will be the dumping ground for what I’m working on. Watch me mess up,...