Apr 182011
 

Another summer is coming, and I can’t wait to start up the time lapses again.  We’ve got some great vacations lined up this year, so I plan to try to find some great subjects to use amongst these places.  I’m also hoping to have a wide angle lens to use for some of them too.

For now, I’ll use this stunning piece of work to keep me motivated!

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Jul 242010
 

Today I went and visited my friend Chris, his wife Krista, and two sons Aiden and Ryder.  Aiden is only 1 and half or so, and Ryder is only 11 weeks.  We hasn’t seen them since Ryder was born, so it was a good chance to visit the new addition to the Wilper clan.

Chris and Krista bought a new house last year further up the mountain from their old house in Coal Creek Canyon.  This time they upsized to a bigger house and an 8 acre lot that included the peak of a small mountain!  While we were there we went with Chris for his first visit to the peak.  HE always figured it would have a great view, and hoped to be able to see downtown Denver.

After a quick climb (20-30 minutes) we reached the peak.  Yes it had a great view, and yes you could see not only downtown Denver, and even downtown Boulder!:

http://toddnkaren.smugmug.com/photos/946300475_6XdBG-L.jpg

 

After getting slightly lost on the way back down, we made our way out to the road that leads to his house.   A short walk up down the road found us back at his house.

Since they have such a fantastic view from their back patio,  I figured it would be a good place to setup the tripod and camera to grab some time lapse shots while we were eating dinner.

I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out as it was pointing into the sun, and I’m still trying to get the exposures correct as it start to get dark, not to mention trying to keep lens flares to a minimum.

After a little touch up, I found that the balance came out well, and the lens flare made for a cool effect to the sun!:

Thanks Chris a Krista for a fun evening hanging out with you guys!

Jul 232010
 

I recently bought a couple Hibiscus to add some color to our patio. Once of them was similar to another I had in the past the blooms great big 10”-12” flowers.  This was was different though as the foliage on it was dark maroon/red colored.  After a couple week of having some bud that looked like that were ready to bloom, I noticed that all of a sudden one of the buds had made an about face while the others still pointed upwards.  But the time the sun had seta couple inches of a flower was sticking out of the end of that bud.  Figuring what was about to transpire, I quickly grabbed my camera, set it up, got the timer setup, and started firing away.   By morning I had a huge flower open wide up and prayed I had captured a good set.

Well here it is, you be the judge:

We’ve since had 304 more flowers since this first night.  Each flower lasts 2-3 days before it shrivels and falls off makinf way for the next.  One day we had two at one, made for a good challenge for that stalk to stay up strait.

Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
10 seconds exposures on 30 intervals
Date: July 15th, 2010

May 282010
 

WOW!  This is just amazing, my hat is off to Brad Kremer for this one. I won’t ruin it with my blabber, watch and enjoy!

Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

Hayaku: A time lapse journey through Japan.

Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This is my Japan. This is one of the many reasons why I love Japan. I shot this in many locations around Japan in the summer of 2009. Some of the location include Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Ishizushisan.

I started this as a personal project to try and capture the beauty that I see in Japan. It started as just that…

But now that I have finished, I see it only as a beginning. This video, along with SAIJO MATSURI (www.vimeo.com/7458088) is just the start of a much larger project that I have now decided to do.

So I hope you enjoy this preview of what is to come in the future.

"Hayaku" definition: Hurry up

Camera: Canon 5DMKII

Additional equipment: Mumford Moco

Music:

Royksopp – Triumphant

The Album Leaf – Window

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)