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« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2010, 11:29 »
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I saw this when you first posted it, but never commented.

I thought it was great on two levels: that you did the time lapse successfully (I agree, the shadows work) and that I learned how an igloo was built. I am amazed that they all stay up in place (well except for your few minor topples), since they are angling in as you build. Very cool, thanks for posting!


« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2010, 11:46 »
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I know nothing about video....that being said, this is VERY cool!

« Reply #52 on: February 21, 2010, 15:40 »
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Yeah it is sort of an Easter tradition to build an igloo so I have built a few. 
Our Easter tradition is to eat chocolate.  ;D

« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2010, 15:42 »
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I have a few time lapse clips approved on pond5 now.  Quite like this one.  It also has my referral link.

St. Ives time lapse

That's about 300 shots, right? 

I wished I had your patience.  I find time lapse videos very cool.

« Reply #54 on: February 21, 2010, 16:43 »
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I have a few time lapse clips approved on pond5 now.  Quite like this one.  It also has my referral link.

St. Ives time lapse

That's about 300 shots, right? 

I wished I had your patience.  I find time lapse videos very cool.

Yes, around 300 photos takes over 10 minutes but I can take some stills with my other camera at the same time.  Will do some longer time frame ones in the summer, it is too cold here now to be hanging around for hours.

« Reply #55 on: February 25, 2010, 19:27 »
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I have a few time lapse clips approved on pond5 now.  Quite like this one.  It also has my referral link.

St. Ives time lapse

That's about 300 shots, right?  

I wished I had your patience.  I find time lapse videos very cool.

Yes, around 300 photos takes over 10 minutes but I can take some stills with my other camera at the same time.  Will do some longer time frame ones in the summer, it is too cold here now to be hanging around for hours.


Both your lapses are awesome, and over quite a long period of time!!!

Here's my only one so far, far smaller period of time - should I take them over longer periods of time?

On another note... I'm wondering, how come the video part of the site is so slow compared to the rest?

adijr

« Reply #56 on: February 25, 2010, 20:06 »
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Yeah it is sort of an Easter tradition to build an igloo so I have built a few.  I wasn't used to using such hard snow - which was great, but different.  You can see a couple times that a few blocks fall in and I have to put them up again.  it is a challenge working by yourself.   

I was also supposed to have enough snow INSIDE the igloo to make the whole thing - which would have sped things up quite a bit, but I realized that the snow wasn't very deep AFTER i started building so I had to go and get snow from outside the igloo.

Hi I wonder how batteries work about 2 hours on -20 or you replace them with new pack/s?
I read old Jeremiah comic long time ago and there was Eskimo guy who is pasting snow blocks with water like sticky mortar. It seams logical to me especially al -20 even in my area is not to much days in year to build iglo.

« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2010, 02:32 »
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I was using the 5D mark II and was very impressed with the batteries.  I used the one battery for almost 2 days with quite a bit of use then did then 2 hour time lapse, all at -20.  Then the battery finally died the next day.

« Reply #58 on: February 26, 2010, 02:38 »
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I am using a G10 and the battery lasts for over 2,000 photos with no problems, most of my time lapses are under 600 photos, so I can do a few without having to recharge the battery.  It will probably go longer than 2,000 photos but I don't want to risk it.

« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2010, 02:44 »
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I have a few time lapse clips approved on pond5 now.  Quite like this one.  It also has my referral link.

St. Ives time lapse

That's about 300 shots, right?  

I wished I had your patience.  I find time lapse videos very cool.

Yes, around 300 photos takes over 10 minutes but I can take some stills with my other camera at the same time.  Will do some longer time frame ones in the summer, it is too cold here now to be hanging around for hours.


Both your lapses are awesome, and over quite a long period of time!!!

Here's my only one so far, far smaller period of time - should I take them over longer periods of time?

On another note... I'm wondering, how come the video part of the site is so slow compared to the rest?

adijr

I really like yours, it looks like a good time lapse to me.  You could try some longer time period ones, I am going to when the weather improves here.

« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2010, 14:36 »
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I have a few time lapse clips approved on pond5 now.  Quite like this one.  It also has my referral link.

St. Ives time lapse

That's about 300 shots, right?  

I wished I had your patience.  I find time lapse videos very cool.

Yes, around 300 photos takes over 10 minutes but I can take some stills with my other camera at the same time.  Will do some longer time frame ones in the summer, it is too cold here now to be hanging around for hours.


Both your lapses are awesome, and over quite a long period of time!!!

Here's my only one so far, far smaller period of time - should I take them over longer periods of time?

On another note... I'm wondering, how come the video part of the site is so slow compared to the rest?

adijr

I really like yours, it looks like a good time lapse to me.  You could try some longer time period ones, I am going to when the weather improves here.


Nice port you got there... Do you usually make more sales from timelapses or simple activity like http://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/281997/walking-over-stepping-stones.html ? Anyways, good stuff, keep it up!

adijr

« Reply #61 on: February 27, 2010, 15:11 »
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My time lapse clips haven't been there long enough to compare, I only stated uploading them a few weeks ago.  I haven't sold one yet but it does seem to take a while to get sales.  Looking at other peoples portfolios, they do seem quite popular but things like moving clouds have a lot of clips to compete with.

« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2010, 02:12 »
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This one is amazing.

[youtube]5ky6vgQfU24[/youtube]

« Reply #63 on: June 03, 2010, 02:46 »
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This one is amazing.

[youtube]5ky6vgQfU24[/youtube]

great video.

« Reply #64 on: June 03, 2010, 10:04 »
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This one is amazing.

Some people are so creative!

« Reply #65 on: September 04, 2011, 11:16 »
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Did this one on Friday.  Not edited very well but I'm still learning.

<a href="http://youtu.be/tljVASQHR4o" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://youtu.be/tljVASQHR4o</a>

« Reply #66 on: September 04, 2011, 12:13 »
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Did this one on Friday.  Not edited very well but I'm still learning.

http://youtu.be/tljVASQHR4o


That's pretty good sharpshot, I especially liked the first two sequences.

RacePhoto

« Reply #67 on: August 06, 2012, 00:16 »
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Maybe not the best, but I finally have one that I find kind of unusual. There's a Sunset on the marsh with ducks and some others, clouds across the Moon at Midnight. ;) But this one tells a little story of one day in the life of a dandelion. 20-d with shutter release cable / timer from eBay, manual exposure. When I try auto it has flashes of light and dark, clouds create problems. Also manual focus, so the camera doesn't use the battery as much. IS off as usual for me. I bought the 20-D with the intention of using it for time lapse and not burning up a newer camera. To make HD 720 x 480 I have it set for small. More photo per card. And finally the screen on the back went blank (I don't understand why?) so I can't change settings except things that show on the top screen.

https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/11064149

This is in my Pond5 collection. Having fun!

« Reply #68 on: August 06, 2012, 03:40 »
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Looks good.  I love how timelapse shows things we don't notice happening.  I've never done one that long.  You've done a good job with the manual exposure.  I would use 30 fps, that would make it look less jittery and would make it appeal to buyers more.  It would also shorten the length of the clip, I never see long timelapses in use, they always seem to be just a few seconds.  The bit of flicker from the changes in exposure could be filtered out with virtualdub and the deflicker filter.

Why use 720x480?  Memory cards are cheap and the wider format of HD is going be more popular now.  I do everything 1920x1080.  1280720 would give buyers more options.  It's a pain but it should be reasonably future proof.

RacePhoto

« Reply #69 on: August 06, 2012, 10:37 »
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720 x 480 is HD video. I downsize to get to that, and we all know about downsizing?  I'm not sure how large people need these for a website and the animation isn't that special for anything else. Yes, 30fps would be better, if I had three times more images, shot every 2 seconds?

The flicker effect is intentional, not something I was trying to avoid. If there's something that will do smoothing, I'm all for it. Virtualdub? is it free? I'm using Photolapse and Irfanview. Cheap operation, the results show it.

The camera won't go much faster than one frame every 4 seconds, before the buffer starts to fill and it skips a frame. It's a 20-D with old memory cards and if you know where I can get "cheap" 4GB CF cards, I can use a couple more. I'm sure they will be faster.



Many bridges to cross in this process.  ;)

If I could do 1 fps that would be nice for automobile travel shots. Maybe 2 fps continuous? There are starting to be some camera limits.

Another option was shoot video, and select every #x frame and make a time-lapse from that. Kind of cheating?

Mostly I'm just having some fun. It's a diversion and experimental.

RacePhoto

« Reply #70 on: August 06, 2012, 14:12 »
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More - Just tried to edit and render, still using the original files which are1728x1152. Oh now I remember, Photolapse locked up and crashed at image #184 of 2132

OK I can play that game. Reduce to 720x480, cull the test exposures, go through and remove the rogue bright exposures (I don't know where those came from) Remove some shots where the wind blows the flower. Remove some at the end that add nothing to the scene.

Some more details, first image was 9:50AM last was 2:50PM the camera locked up sometime in the morning for about ten minutes, turned off and I restarted it. Sometime in the afternoon, I lost 30 minutes of images (camera lock again?) and at some point I changed battery which no matter how careful, makes the picture jump. 2767 shots total, 2100 after adjusting, cull and removing some exposure issues. (yes one by one through all those images, a few times)

It was hot out and at one frame every 5 seconds, I think the camera was getting finicky. I did get a ERR 99 the day before also. No problems since then. (except the rear screen no long lights up) Shot in Mid-May, I've used the same body and lens for a few more time lapse experiments, no problems.

After some suggestions, here's the new version at 30fps. See what you think? It does tell a little story. A day in the life of a lonely dandelion, and the visitors.  :)

[youtube]http://youtu.be/7RsAwqcdM4g[/youtube]  (not really, I just posted the direct link below)

<a href="http://youtu.be/7RsAwqcdM4g" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://youtu.be/7RsAwqcdM4g</a>

« Reply #71 on: August 06, 2012, 14:26 »
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Virtualdub is free.  There's info out there on how to use deflicker and all sorts of video filters.  Did you have one of the Canon PowerShot G cameras?  My Canon G10 can do at least 1 FPS at full HD size for a long time, with a fast card.  The shutter seems to go on forever and there's less noticeable flicker than I get with my DSLR.  It also has a built in ND filter, useful for slower shutter speeds that can make timelapses look smoother.

I'm sure buyers aren't only using clips for the web.  They buy HD clips, so they must be using them for other things.  There's loads of HD projectors being sold, so perhaps even presentations are in HD now?  Haven't seen one of mine on the TV but I've seen lots of similar timelapses on HD TV.

I'd hate to lose out on a clip in a movie because it was too small :)  I'm sure I read in one of the site forums that someone has a clip in a movie.

« Reply #72 on: August 06, 2012, 14:36 »
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More - Just tried to edit and render, still using the original files which are1728x1152. Oh now I remember, Photolapse locked up and crashed at image #184 of 2132

OK I can play that game. Reduce to 720x480, cull the test exposures, go through and remove the rogue bright exposures (I don't know where those came from) Remove some shots where the wind blows the flower. Remove some at the end that add nothing to the scene.

Some more details, first image was 9:50AM last was 2:50PM the camera locked up sometime in the morning for about ten minutes, turned off and I restarted it. Sometime in the afternoon, I lost 30 minutes of images (camera lock again?) and at some point I changed battery which no matter how careful, makes the picture jump. 2767 shots total, 2100 after adjusting, cull and removing some exposure issues. (yes one by one through all those images, a few times)

It was hot out and at one frame every 5 seconds, I think the camera was getting finicky. I did get a ERR 99 the day before also. No problems since then. (except the rear screen no long lights up) Shot in Mid-May, I've used the same body and lens for a few more time lapse experiments, no problems.

After some suggestions, here's the new version at 30fps. See what you think? It does tell a little story. A day in the life of a lonely dandelion, and the visitors.  :)

[youtube]http://youtu.be/7RsAwqcdM4g[/youtube]  (not really, I just posted the direct link below)

http://youtu.be/7RsAwqcdM4g

That looks better to me.  What's it like at 60FPS?  I can see the jump at 49 seconds but that's not going to be easy to cover up.  Perhaps next time have the lawnmower crush it at the end :)

« Reply #73 on: August 06, 2012, 16:28 »
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Racephoto, your timelapse videos are very good. I like the dandillion very much, the other ones are very moody, kind of eerie. The clouds look like in a horror movie, the one with the Moon is an interesting idea.
But sharpshot is right, why bother with 720 when 1080 is the 'standard resolution' today?
Isn't it like shooting S or M for istock?

RacePhoto

« Reply #74 on: August 06, 2012, 17:31 »
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Racephoto, your timelapse videos are very good. I like the dandillion very much, the other ones are very moody, kind of eerie. The clouds look like in a horror movie, the one with the Moon is an interesting idea.
But sharpshot is right, why bother with 720 when 1080 is the 'standard resolution' today?
Isn't it like shooting S or M for istock?

Actually shooting at 1728 x 1152 I could make them 1080 and still be shooting at Small on the 20-D. Yes I had a G-12, too big for my pocket. sold. Had a S-90, no viewfinder, pop up flash made me crazy. Sold. 20-D was a disposable camera, kind of. Why burn out something new? Well the screen went blank and I needed another remote camera and something else for time lapse, so 10-D for $135 with the grip and two batteries.

Interesting ideas. Hmm, 60fps? OK, there goes the rest of the day. I usually go for 12 fps because I like the animation look. Like old time movies.

The clouds are another one of those, hey look, clouds, the moon, I'm bored and camping. Quick make a time lapse.  ;D The dandelion was an idea I got one day standing outside from 8am until 5pm. Why not do a flower opening, and then closing. I had no idea until I started processing, how many insects came to visit during the day. It's not like I was watching.

I put the camera on a tripod, anchored it with some weight, set focus manual, set lighting for what I expected it to be when the shadows passed and the flower was in full Sunlight. and went to work. Checked during breaks each hour.


 

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