Welcome to the Time-lapse page! This area of photography fascinates me. It is one way to capture imagery with a time and motion element that allows me to appreciate a scene in a very different way. I love to capture a great sunset or sunrise still image. But why stop there? Why not capture hundreds of nuanced images and then put them together?
Most of my time-lapse are either weather related or capture a sunrise or sunset. I keep it simple with just a camera and tripod. In general, the time interval is set for 3 seconds at a mid range focal length and aperture. When possible, shutter speeds are kept in the 1/30 to 1/50 range. Post consists of the usual post done to all still images plus each image is cropped to a 16:9 ratio. Images are then exported to Final Cut where they are combined into a movie format with 24 frames per second. Music is added. The clips are rendered and then posted to Vimeo. The movies are then embedded in this website.
I hope you enjoy these time-lapse videos. More importantly, you just might want to try making a time-lapse yourself. I will help you get started. It is great fun, not too difficult to do and you can use what you already have in your bag.
Thunderstorms surrounded us as we took photos from Black Mesa, overlooking Albuquerque. The 'brief' appearance of my brother was supposed to make this video go viral. LOL
The sky looked promising for an interesting sunset. I headed for my favorite ironwood tree. Just when I thought it was over . . . Started at 6:09:41 and ended at6:43:23. Shot with Nikon D800 with 24-120mm Nikkor lens. ISO 100, f/9, 1/50 with 3 second intervals. Music is a segment of 'Love Song' by Cure (Remix Version).
Have you ever wanted to just take a break. Get out of the office, the kitchen, your car! It is the little part of you that begs to watch clouds drift by. Put all worries aside. Sit on a rock. Just watch the clouds.
Not that you care after watching that (you are free to repeat in full screen), but here are the technical details. Shot on a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition at ISO 100 and f/2.8. Time interval was 2 seconds. Recorded from 5:03 to 6:09. At the very end you catch the first glimpse of the red color added to the rocks as the Golden Hour really kicked in. Music is segment from "Drifting Clouds" by Wayne Chaulk.
This time-lapse was taken from a rocky perch in Piestewa Peak Park that overlooks Phoenix. The total time of the recording was 28 minutes at 3 second intervals. The Nikon Df was set at f/7.1, 1/50 at 28mm. The 24-120mm Nikkor lens was used. Music is from an Adagio by Haydn, performed by Julian Brean and the Cremona String Quartet.
George P. Hunt was Arizona's first governor. His tomb overlooks the valley and is a great site to photograph sunsets.
This time-lapse was taken from the very top of South Mountain looking south over the desert, a prime weather nursery for haboob development.
Good morning!! Monsoon weather leaves clouds that stream across the Valley. This particular sunrise just seemed to last forever. I ran out of card space, my spare was in the car . . . so you see a break in the action while I inserted a new card. This predicament is somewhat cleverly disguised by a jump in the music's tempo!