Playing With Timelapse In The Dark
For much of the summer I have been shooting mostly daylight storm or weather related timelapses for a film project that I have been focused on for months. I also have been wanting to shoot more nightscape long-exposure sequences for some time now, and last night I took the time to setup my camera at a very cool location and let it roll.
The evening thunderstorms and rains had dissipated by 9pm, and the winds were going calm like they normally do in South Florida in early August. So, I stopped at one of my favorite locations along the coast in Broward County just south of Lighthouse Point. This is known as Hillsboro Inlet Park, a small park on the west side of the inlet that faces to the east. Here you have a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and the tall coconut palms surrounding the lighthouse. The waters were very smooth after all the rains and with the winds going light, so the scene was set for a cool timelapse.
The Quick Setup, Shoot and Mistake
There was enough boat and air traffic to add some interesting moving features besides the lighthouse, but not too much to distract from the beauty of the entire view. The sky was overcast with thin cirrus streaming quickly overhead as an upper-level trough moved offshore. After moving the tripod around a few times to get the shot I was looking for, I shot off a few sample exposures and locked it down. Then, I let it roll for about an 1 hour and 15 minutes while I worked on my iPhone.
This morning I woke up and went right into my office to look over the frames, and began to post-process the timelapse video. I noticed right away one big mistake I didn’t check for, and that was the dock I was setup on. You couldn’t tell just standing there, but it was slightly moving. It was very noticeable in the video as you can see the frame bounce around just a little. I’m not sure if this was from people walking by, or from the boat wakes. I clearly will have to re-shoot this, but I am pleased how it came it out even with the dock motion, and it was a nice test run of that location. I would love to have more cloud animation in that frame, so maybe next time I’ll have a more interesting sky to work with along with the lighthouse. I’ll keep you posted.
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Playing With Timelapse In The Dark
Starting off the new 2011 year shooting a series of Winter time-lapses across South Florida for a long-term project. The last two weeks has been a continuation of many time-lapses that I had shot over the 2010 summer and Fall seasons with storms. I have already captured several nocturnal skyscapes and a few daytime sequences this year. I plan to compile all of these at the end of the year for a project that’s been on my radar since late 2008. Shooting on a 5D Mark II these days has really allowed me to captured some incredible scenes in 4K raw resolution. It’s a huge change from how I use to shoot them before 2008 using HD video cameras. I’ll update again on the time lapse project later this Spring once the severe storm season gets cranked up over Florida and the southern United States.
I had another interesting late afternoon and evening yesterday shooting local storms. I mostly shot time-lapse sequences (5D) of the sea breeze boundary convection, and a few mature storms up close. I’ll be posting those and others I’ve shot earlier this year in a compilation series later this Fall or Winter.
I was heading east back towards home when the sunlight was hitting the anvil rains to my east creating a vivid double rainbow. It lasted for over 30 minutes which gave me time to change locations for a few shots. It was a whole rainbow and I had difficulty getting it all into my shot even using my wide angle lens.
Also, earlier in the day when I came to a red light, I noticed to my left that a swarm of bee’s were hanging all over one-way street sign. It was the weirdest thing I’ve seen lately on the road. I quickly lowered the window and shot off several pictures before the light changed green, then came back around for more. I parked in the grassy median and got a little closer for more pictures and HD video. It was pretty wild and a little risky for me having issues with bee stings in the past. But I was intrigued.
So, another fun photo day here in mid August. Just killing time before the busy hurricane season gets going. Ha! When you ask? We’re all wondering.