Sep 082009
 

On our recent trip to Gateway, CO for labor day weekend, I knew the scenery was going to be spectacular and was hoping I’d get a chance to get the camera out and get a good time lapse shoot in.

Unfortunately, the full moon was going to keep me from getting a set of a starry night, but being that we were smack dab in the middle of a beautiful canyon, full or green vegetation and gorgeous rock formations, I didn’t give it a second thought.

Mike showed me a fantastic shot he got right out his front door of Thimble Rock highlighted by a stunning rainbow, and right then I knew where I had to setup.  There were clouds building as they came over the mountain behind the house so we knew a rainstorm was eminent.  I quickly got all setup and started grabbing images hopeful that we’d get a little rain followed by that rainbow.  I was excited to see a rainbow show up in a time lapse!

Eventually the rain came and it started REALLY pouring.  I of course had setup the camera under a ledge to keep the rain off, but unfortunately, I couldn’t keep the wind from spraying the lens with a fine mist.  I ran out every 5-10 minutes and tried to keep the lens dry, but that ended up just making it worse as I had shifted the shot just a little several times.  Over the course of about two and a half hours I grabbed about 900 frames of some rather drab weather, no rainbow, and only a second worth of sun in the end video:

 

So it wasn’t much of a video, but a good trial run for that spot.

Determined to get some good weather shot, I setup again the next night around 5:00p.  I could already see that it was going to be a beautiful evening with some dancing clouds creating a kaleidoscope of shadows on the mountains.

I setup my camera on Kindra and Mike’s patio pointing Northwest down Unaweep Canyon facing Thimble Rock and Driggs Mansion and captured a video that is certainly going to be a challenge to top:

 

I can’t believe how well this turned out!  If you look close you can see that I even captured some cars going down the road (00:11, 00:13), the horses and donkeys strolling around (00:10), and even Aliyah and Karen on a little walk around the property (00:30).  I may be easier to see it in the full HD video (link below).  This one was just over 1100 frames, giving me 37 seconds of video.

Get the full HD 1080p video HERE.

Once I can get a good video editing software setup, I’ll add some music to it as well.

Aug 302009
 

OK, I gave it another shot…can’t say it’s much better.  I tried to set the exposure to what I thought would be a good, normal one for most lighting conditions.  You’ll see how it wasn’t quite set right, might want to put your sunglasses on…

 

OK, so a little better, but still need more practice!

Aug 282009
 

Some time ago, I ran across some amazing work of Ross Ching as well as a myriad of other artists creating stunning time-lapse videos with just a DSLR.  Not only were they time-lapse videos, but they were HIGH-DEF (1080p) videos.  When I ran across these I had just purchased a Nikon D90 and was anxious to give this shot.

Some time had passed and I really didn’t get into it, but would occasionally check back to Ross’ site and others I had collected and continue to be amazed.

Finally, with the help of a gift courtesy of NewsGator Technologies in the form of an Amazon gift certificate, I decided to pick up an intervalometer.  This little device plugs right into the camera and I can set it to take as many pictures as I can fit on my memory card in as little increments as 1 sec.

It took a few tries before everything lined up well enough around the pond (weather, flowers, correctly setup equipment, etc.) for me to get a decent set of exposures to get something out of it.  I captured 1616 shots on 10 sec intervals, enough to make 55 seconds of video.  Yeah, it’s a little shoddy, and I have some more trials and learning to do yet, but I think it’s a good start 🙂 :

 

(once I get better, I’ll add some sound)



Aug 232009
 

The right place at the right time, I’m thinkin’.  AWESOME shot!

Skysidhe intimated* she would post naughty pictures of herself, in the appropriate thread, if I would use these pictures for IOtD.


*Actually Skysidhe didn’t do anything of the sort, but if she’s got a bad memory, maybe I can trick her into it. :haha:
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Aug 23, 2009: Red Arrows