Finally it’s getting warmer in my country 🙂 I love spring and summer, it’s great if it’s not freezing cold when you’re waiting for your camera to finish the timelapse. This week my shot is a static timelapse (the first static shot ;)). That’s why this post will be less technical. I’ll tell you about composing the shot and about timelapser’s flexibility 😉 I hope this week you’ll learn something 😉
As you probably noticed, it’s not Sunday yet. As I mentioned last week, I decided to change the publiction date to Wendsday for a few reasons. So, from now on be prepared for some entertainment (or learning ;)) in the middle of the week!
Last Sunday I went for a little bike trip to a nearby town to shoot a hyperlapse on its main square. At the location I found out that I forgot to take a quick release plate for my tripod’s head… I didn’t want a handheld hyperlapse so I had to change my plans 😉 For a timelapser it’s a quite common problem, that they have to adjust plans to the conditions on the location. So, it’s good to have a backup plan!
It was a really warm day, over 20°C (68°F). I was surprised when near the bicycle path I saw some snow. Without a tripod head I was able just to screw my camera directly to the tripod. For a static timelapse it can work 🙂
Shooting melting snow isn’t simple. Mostly because you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time 😉 As you can see in the picture, originally the snow looks awful – gray and dirty. Of course, I had to do something to make the composition a little bit better 😉 First, I positioned the camera near the river and composed the shot to look nice (planing where I want the snow to be in the frame). When the camera was ready, I dig the snow heap to find nice, white snow. It was so freaking cold… I regretted I didn’t take gloves. So, I took the nice snow and put it in front of the camera, making my composition complete 🙂
For this shot I used GH4 with Sigma 10-20mm (and Speedbooster) as always. For long exposure in daylight I used ND1000 filter, which makes the image 10 stops darker. The whole process took about 2 hours. Camera settings were as follows:
- ISO 200
- Shutter speed 1″
- Interval 5 seconds (speeded up twice in post, so the final interval was 10 sec)
We’ve got spring now, so there are no weather excuses – go out and shoot some timelapses! Don’t forget to share them in the comments 😉 See you next week!