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A Lazy Sunday – Time-lapse

The weather in the UK has been unseasonably warm for the time of year so we have spent a lot of time outside in the garden. On Sunday I thought it would be good to set the camera up and record some of the afternoon as a time-lapse. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, time-lapse photography is something I would like to do more of…the only stumbling block being that it takes time and time is something I am in short supply of!

Anyway, I think considering I am still in the experimental stage it turned out OK – even the manual panning by me at the end of the segments!!


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2nd Attempt at time lapse

This time I started to capture images much earlier in the day. However, I kept going back to the camera and messing with the settings. All in all the result wasn’t too bad but I would have liked to continue for an hour or so. The only thing that stopped me was trying to work out the interval so that the exposure didn’t last longer- trial and error will sort that out I’m sure.

Anyway, see what you think…

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First attempt at time lapse photography

I’ve seen many videos on the web that showcase the brilliance of time lapse photography. Whilst on a recent trip to NYC I picked up the Vello Shutterboss Intervalometer from B&H.  For my first test I set up the camera in the back garden as the sun was beginning to set. I set the Shutterboss to take a shot every 30 seconds, whilst the camera was set to a fixed aperture (f/16) and allowed to work out the most appropriate shutter speed.

As you will see, this worked out OK, although following lots of reading late last night I now realize that I need to spend a bit more time in working out shutter speed, white balance etc in order to get the result I am looking for.  When I get a chance I’ll post some links to a few blogs I found helpful.

Until then, I am now thinking about what my next subject will be and how best to set up to maximize the output.