Time-Lapse Fence Construction

It’s been a long time since I put up a stop-motion video.  The first two I did were fun and had a nice view, but were mostly about the technology, not documenting anything.  Ever since I’ve wanted to actually use it to show something tangible happening.  Last weekend was the perfect chance – we were building a fence.  I knew where it was going to be so framing wasn’t too hard.  The technique is still the same as I documented here.    I think my biggest revelation was when I realized that sometimes the best way to attach your camera to something is upside down – flipping all the shots at the end isn’t too hard.  The biggest issues were taking my camera down every time we had to go somewhere (I get a little queasy touching my camera when I’m covered in mud) and a dead battery toward the end.  Oh well – the most important stuff came out!

Fence Building Time Lapse from Ari Brown on Vimeo.

Second Attempt At TimeLapse

I thought my first attempt at Time Lapse came out fairly well.  All I did at the time was set it up and hit go.  Yeah… there were a few more steps, but that was the forethought.  Pretty jazzed about those results, I tried a few more things, without luck.  One note: if you expect a spider to do anything, even after you poke a few strategically-placed holes in his web, maybe reconsider.  Anyway, I liked the little taste of long-exposure nighttime action in the first time lapse, so I set it up at sunset this time.  What do you think?

I also did a little more processing on this one.  Instead of leaving it at defaults, I did some contrast correction and resized the photos down a bit since they get resized so much in the end anyway.

One last word about taking stills for a time lapse at night.  During the day my battery was lasting for hundreds of shots with no problem.  In this sequence, I only got just over 200 before it died since the night shots had shutter speeds of 30+ seconds.  If I was going to do it again, I’d crank open the aperture a bit more to make the shots a bit shorter and get more life out of the battery.

UPDATE: For another more recent time-lapse attempt, see me building my fence.

30 Bucks – A Lens Cap Or Time Lapse Movies?

Alright, before we get started, I just want to say this post is way too long.  If you’re not interested in the jibber-jabber, but wanna see my bitchin little time-lapse movie,  just jump to the end.

$30 doesn’t buy you basically anything in photography.  Maybe a lens cap.  That’s the main reason I never bought a Timer Remote or Intervalometer before.  The Canon branded one costs about $150.  After reading up on how to make Time-Lapse movies on the awesome DIY Photography website, I did a little research and once again, it was Ebay to the rescue!

When my Taiwanese beauty arrived in the mail I was quick to bust it out.  You have a few options, but basically it comes down to:

  1. How long should I wait to start taking pictures?
  2. How long should I wait between shots?
  3. How long should I make the shots (or let the camera take care of it)?
  4. How many pictures should I take?

Want to read all about it and see the final movie?  Hit the jump and read on.

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