Timelapse #2

I tried another timelapse a couple of days ago and once again botched it better than the Chicago Cubs.  As is true with most genre of photography, proper planning is advisable when attempting the technique. There should be no “Hustle” involved in the endeavor.  For this shoot I most definitely hustled and didn’t realize in the dim early morning light that I had managed to frame Lake Shore Drive in with the beautiful rock formations of Lake Powell. You can see the traffic whizzing by  on their way to Wahweap in the bottom right corner and exiting nicely in the left center of the composition. A fine cluster f#&k of photographic skill if I’ve ever seen one.

A few other things I have learned:

You will be shooting for an hour or more so take a few essential items for the wait such as coffee and beer, the latest issue of “Ink” magazine so that you can catch up on the latest tribal arm band and tramp stamp tattoo trends and of course you can’t forget the toilet paper in case you are ambushed by last night’s salsa. Oh, and definitely don’t forget your smart phone so that you can tweet about the emergency excrement you just created.

Scout for the perfect composition at least a day in advance and don’t try and throw something together at the last minute.

Arrive early so that you can set up your equipment without a hurry.

Make sure that you have fully charged batteries in all equipment.

If you are doing a sunset/sunrise shoot plan on dealing with bright to dark or dark to bright lighting conditions, so picking the proper exposure is critical.  If you set your shutter speed and f-stop to expose for the low light then your highlights will be blown out.  If you expose for the bright then your lowlights will be too dark.  On this attempt I think I exposed too much for the highlights and ended up losing a lot of the great low light colors and on my last one of the full moon I exposed for the lowlights and burned the later part of the morning.  Next time I think I will expose for the middle of the time lapse.  I’m guessing for a sunrise shot that it will be somewhere around ISO 100, shutter speed at 1/200 and an f-stop of 16.

My First Timelapse

I was headed out to do some shore fishing a couple of mornings ago and noticed the moon setting as the sun was rising.  It was spectacular light so I flipped the truck around to photograph the beauty.  I had been wanting to try some timelapse photography and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to dive into it.  The problem was that I was losing the scene minute by minute as the moon dropped toward the western horizon and I was a complete punter when it came to the techniques.  Driving fast and taking chances, I finally skidded the Honda to a stop next to some great looking sandstone outcroppings overlooking the Echo Cliffs and the Paria Plateau and began to set up my rig.  So many settings to set in such a short time…… ISO, f/stop, shutter speed, portrait vs landscape, zoom, tripod level,  intervalometer etc….. I cast a wish up to the photography gods and pushed the start button.  Every five seconds my new intervalometer snapped a still photograph and I sighed a sigh of relief that I had actually got the farging contraption to work as the sun cracked directly behind me.  I had at least forty five minutes to go before the moon set so I headed back into town to get a cup of coffee.  I nailed it, I thought, what could possibly go wrong now?

When I returned,  I found out.  Can you spot my mistake?  It’s like a big green nasty booger on the nose of a Playboy model!


I tried to crop the booger out but I had to cut so much image out that I lost sharpness and detail.  Oh well, I learned a ton and the next time I’ll nail it for sure.  Or, most likely, bung it up in some other way!