Here is a creative time-lapse project called "One Year in 40 Seconds" by Eirik Solheim a Norwegian digital media technologist. Eirik did a good job of breaking down the magic so that you too can try this at home. Kudos to Eirik for sharing his tricks.
One of the most common comments / critiques is that hear is that my time-lapse movies are too short. That is the nature of the beast... when you speed something up 200-400 times its normal speed it goes by fast!
Here is a time-lapse that I did over Thanksgiving where I had the opportunity of shooting for about 50 hours straight. The whole movie is 6:45 seconds and grooves to one of the best jazz jams of all time: "Blue Rondo a la Turk" by Dave Brubeck. Some of the segments are shot in HDR and others are "straight up". Can you tell which parts are shot in HDR?
I stopped uploading video to YouTube a while ago because of poor quality. This week they launched support for HD. They do not officially support embedding of HD movies but there is an easy hack available here, that allows you to embed an HD player like this...
The new search bar drives me nuts and I don't like that you can't go full screen but otherwise it is wonderful to finally have HD YouTube. This will be killer on my Apple TV where I would love watch YouTube content but can't get over how bad YouTube quality looks on a 52" plasma.
Facebook also started supporting HD on Friday. They also are now allowing you to embed videos in other sites, a feature that they have somehow not supported up until now. Here is an example of the same video posted to Facebook...
With these two giants stepping up their video support sites like Vimeo are much less differentiated. Vimeo still has a huge advantage in that there is a community of people who are passionate about creating video which is a very powerful thing. Vimeo is the Flickr of video. Vimeo scores points for having the most customizable player. Here is the same video hosted on Vimeo...
Having HD quality for web video is going to be a game changer. The awful video that we have been watching until now reminds me of animated gifs on the web in the mid 90s. Then flash came and showed us what online multimedia could be. Interestingly it is Flash again that is defining what online video can be.
Here is an HDR time-lapse done on a recent trip to Provence. My buddy Diego had the vision for a time-lapse out of this window in his Mamma's old farm house. When I was setting up, I saw the reflection as I was opening the windows house I like the use of the windows and instantly knew what had to happen.
Here is a weekend's worth of shooting from a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia. I couldn't travel with my tripod so I had to get creative about how to lace the camera up against windows propped up by a sweatshirt or jacket. About half of the clips that make up this little music video were shot in HDR with 7 bracketed shots making up one HDR image. I had some fun post processing some of the HDR images to get some interesting effects (around 1:24 you will see it). The clips were (lightly) edited together in Final Cut Studio.Enjoy....
Here is a fun post from NikonD700.com on my HDR Time-lapse stuff... With all this cool blogosphere coverage, I feel like I need to get some new content up soon! I am in Vancouver now shooting.... and my fingers are crossed.
I just discovered this very cool blog, Abducted By Design. It is a group of global designers who share things that inspire them. They were kind enough to do a post on the HDR time-lapse work that I have been doing recently. You can checkout Abducted By Design Here
I had a great moment this week. Early on Friday morning (about 5:30 to be precise) I headed up to the top of Twin Peaks to catch what turned out to be an amazing sunrise. I had with me my brand new Nikon D700 ready for it's maiden time-lapse voyage. Mounted on this gorgeous camera was my new 14-24 2.8. Mother nature did her thing and the camera and lens were amazing. Here are some of the reasons I am so excited about the Nikon D700 for HDR time-lapse work.
Full frame: When you put this 14mm lens on the camera you get the full width. No more multiplying by 1.5. So with this camera it is a true ultra wide 14mm as opposed to my Nikon D200 where you are really at 21mm.
Fast continuos shutter: You can take 5 frames per or 8 fps with the add-on multi-power battery pack. For HDR this is key because you need to take around 7 photos as fast as possible to ensure there is no movement between frames. The D700 has a large buffer to which ensures uninterrupted capture
Self cleaning sensor: No more dust spots! This is a huge deal for me. I always seem to have dust on my sensor and when you are shooting the sun the aperture closes up and the dust is very visible even though you wouldn't see it with the aperture wide open.
Low light friendly: The D700 handles low light unlike anything I have ever seen. You can shoot at ISOs of 3200 and have no fear of noise. It is simply amazing. This really helps speed things up because when you are bracketing in low light your last 2 shots that are overexposing the sceen can be very problematic if the shutter needs to stay open for too long.
Here is my first piece with the D700 and ultrawide 14-24mm 2.8 lens.
For those of you familiar with weather patterns in SF you know I got luck with having some nice clouds and low hanging fog with out being completely fogged in which can often times happen on Twin Peaks. The last time I tried to do a shoot up there a few weeks ago here is what I got. The crazy orange color of the sun was from all of haze we had from the massive fires that we were having.
I am starting to pull together panning, HDR and time-lapse into one somewhat chaordic capture and workflow system. As you would imagine there are a gazillion places things can go wrong and I am definitely finding areas where you are in unchartered territory and things definitely do not "just work" together. Ahhh but that is what makes it fun. Here is a picture of the set up.
The rotary table is on the top of my tripod. It is controlled by the Mumford Time Machine and Motion Controller that you can see on the ground.
Here is an example where things mostly came together. There are plenty of ways to improve it but there is a certain harmony of all the processes that starts to sing together at a somewhat acceptable level.... It is from Cannon Beach in Oregon.
Here is another example from Bandon Beach in Oregon which is further south down the coast, about 70 miles from the California border....
Here is a fun experiment doing a full 360 degree pan.