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Time lapse experiments

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Lately, I’ve done a couple of experiments with time lapse photography.  In the first case, I used Sarah’s camera, put it on a tripod, and set it to take a shot every five seconds. Then, I stitched the frames together in a video. I was shooting the sky and it’s really crazy to see how different it looks this way. As I looked up at the sky it appeared the clouds were barely moving at all. This technique effectively speeds things up quite a lot, and now you can watch the clouds churn, morph, blow across the sky, and dissipate.

I also did an experiment while riding. My helmet cam has an option to take a photo every two seconds, or every five seconds. I set it to two seconds and again, stitched the photos together into a video. I had to use a much lower framerate, though, and the result is a very choppy — but still interesting — video. The example below contains probably 30-40 minutes of riding, condensed into just over 2 1/2 minutes.

I like the results of the first example much more. I hope to do some extended experiments — I had time constraints when doing this one.

5 Responses to “Time lapse experiments”

  1. Sarah Says:

    By “time constraints,” he means me hollering “Dinner is ready, sweetie!” Food trumps art in this family. 🙂

  2. Chris Says:

    Nice work. It appears the key is to have acceptably smooth transitions between frames. I think it would be possible to do some great stuff on the bike as long as there is a visual connection between each frame. Then toss in a little music.

    I appreciate your skills and willingness to experiment, and am looking forward to what’s next.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Chris: you’re absolutely right. I noticed that some things that look cool when I am using the helmet cam in video mode — such as looking off to the side to see a view, or looking down at my handlebars, look jarring in time lapse mode. In fact, I think it would work better if I mounted the camera on my handlebars, or somewhere else on the bike, to keep the view more consistent. I was going to add music to this one (and edit it more), but I just wanted to toss the experiment online really quickly.

  4. John Says:

    It this nerdy? I’m leaning that way. 8>). I may give it a try.

  5. Jon Grinder Says:

    I like the ride video. But, I agree that a handlebar mount would probably work out better. I’ve thought of doing this on my commute, but you beat me to it!

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