Time Lapse In The Groove

In the Groove Timelapse Still

This is one of my favourite subjects,  Sahsima, the transformer stone on Harling Point, with a glacial groove in the bedrock foreground. This link recounts the Songhees story of origin for this stone, while this one is tries to reconcile their story with the origins described by glaciologists.

Today I feature another try at timelapse photography, taken yesterday just after sunrise. The image above is a still from the video below – it occurs at 11 seconds in. This is the second such video I have made (see this link for the first), though I did shoot two other series of images earlier this same morning, I have yet to process them into a video.

I photographed this yesterday morning shortly after sunrise. The camera was mounted on a tripod and levelled with a small level placed on the flash bracket.   I took a couple of test images, which I judged from the screen but without using the histogram (no reason, just happened that way). The lens is 40 years old and fully manual, so there was no risk of aperture flicker. White-balance was set to daylight, landscape mode was used (which I never use and which I ended up undoing in large part in post) and recorded as full size RAW images. It is compiled from 161 images taken over 15 minutes.

I wish that the interval between photographs had been shorter for the fast boat that zooms through around 10 seconds, and for the paddleboarders that came by, starting at 17 seconds. I was more planning for moving clouds, and slow or distant boats. I do find it fascinating how the leading clouds just dissolve into thin air.

I edited one photograph in Lightroom 4, and then synced the edits to all the others. These edits included a white balance adjustment, graduated filter for the sky, dust spotting, exposure, contrast, highlights, lights, darks, shadows, clarity, sharpening, saturation and luminance adjustments (which does not leave much else I could have done).

To view the video click on the image below. If you have a fast connection, click on the full screen icon in the lower right corner of the video once it starts playing.



First Nations Map Link.

Canon EOS 5Dmkii, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens, ISO100. f-11, 1/50th second for all images (manual setting), 161 stills shot at 5 seconds apart (between 08:28 and 08:41) with the aid of a Pixel TW-282 timer. Processed in Lightroom 4 and then rendered as a movie through LR4 Slideshow module, with a user template downloaded from a youtube instructional video which works very well. I chose 24fps.



8 thoughts on “Time Lapse In The Groove

    • Thanks Toad! I am having quite a lot of fun with timelapse these days, figuring out how it works. One thing was obvious from the beginning that all the usual rules in photography apply – good composition, good light, good exposure make for better timelapse, it just layers a load of complexity on top. Mostly I have been shooting timelapse of subjects I have photographed quite often already, so I don’t have to think much about the things I already figured out for getting a good shot, and instead I can work on the timelapse technique.


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    • Thanks Richard. I think it brings a location to life a bit more. A lot of my photos of this rock are a bit like lies – they are such a brief moment, without people, or a busy waterfront, etc. Too narrow a slice of time, or too few slices, makes for a very incomplete record.


    • Thank you Ken. I like the boats, but it the one speedboat only shows in about 6 frames and would have been better with twice that many. The paddleboarders were more frequent. I guess what I need is separate sequences of things like that.


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