36 minutes ago
SOUND ON! (Long caption)
Since the very beginning of my visual-creative journey, I was always amazed by watching and creating timelapses.
Starting with my very first camera, a GoPro Hero (not even HD video), which had the timelapse feature built in, I timelapsed everything I could find. At some point, when the GoPro limited me in my creativity, I decided to get a DSLR to be able to do timelapses of stars.
Now, years later, it is still my most favourite thing to do with a camera.
Shooting a timelapse is challenging, you have to have everything set before you hit record, as well as staying focused throughout the whole shoot (which can take hours). As soon as you hit start, there is no going back. One mistake and everything you already shot in the whole series might be useless or you miss the opportunity to capture the whole scene.
The most challenging thing to shoot a timelapse of is definitely sunrise and sunset. It is called "the holy grail of timelapse" for a reason. The constantly changing light conditions force you to adapt the settings during the shoot.
Either you give the control to your camera by allowing it to change settings like the shutter speed automatically, to avoid touching the camera during the shoot and possibly screwing up the whole series. This way you can be sure that you don't accidentally move the camera, but you have to know your camera inside and out, anticipating how it will change the settings to not end up with a series of over/underexposed pictures.
The other way would be changing the settings manually, which I for myself prefer. To do it right you have to master the skill of changing camera settings without moving the camera/tripod the tiniest bit. It's still scary to me to touch the camera while it is shooting in intervals, especially the longer the used focal length is. Be water my friend.
It took a lot of practice, time and hard drive space to get here, but I am by far not where I want to be.
The footage you're seeing consists of 918 RAW photographs, taken over a period of 2:18 hours. The files total 21,2 GB and are edited in Lightroom in combination with LRTimelapse. Just for this clip.
Let me know what you think!