Some weeks ago I started to study and learn (in depth) time lapse photography. Planet Earth series and Timescapes pushed me to do it. So after some readings and watching (see list below) I’ve put the new Magic Lantern firmware on my 5D II and I went out to shoot some fog time lapse in Perugia.
In a weekend I shoot 11 time-lapse sequences. I was there to make some experiments and obviously some of them are interesting, some really looks bad, and others looks so similar to others that I choose to not put in the “editing”. I’ve tried “tons” of settings: 5.5k raw, 4k raw, 3k raw, 4k jpg, 3k jps, 2k jpg, short and long exposure, interval time and so on. I’ve shoot also some HDR time-lapse sequences, but IMHO when you shoot raw it is useless and space consumption if the condition are not really really bad.
However, I’m not very happy about the final result, but I think that there is something good. At the end I spent a weekend discovering local nature and landscapes, and I met others passionate photographers.
The sequences and photos were taken on 25 November 2012 in various locations: Corciano, Colle della Trinità, Assisi, Monte Subasio, Monte Malbe, Perugia.
A last suggestion: never use zoom while in the middle of the fog/humidity. You could come back with wet dust on your precious sensor … Remove all the spots can be a really bad experience ;).
Shooting Time Lapse:
- Timothy Allen, from BBC Earth: http://timothyallen.blogs.bbcearth.com/2009/02/24/time-lapse-photography/
- Magic Lantern Firmware: http://www.magiclantern.fm/
- Tom Lowe Timescapes: http://www.timescapes.org/
- BBC Planet Earth series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795176/
Post-Producing and Grading TimeLapse:
- LR Time-Lapse, Raw timelapse Grading software: http://lrtimelapse.com/
- Enfuse, IMHO the best HDR fusion software: http://enblend.sourceforge.net/
- LR/Enfuse, Merge HDR directly in Lightroom: http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrenfuse.php
- Virtual Dub MSU deflicker filter*, simply the best: http://www.compression.ru/video/deflicker/index_en.html
*Yes, sometimes I forgot to stuck the aperture. I’ve tested all the software and methods to fix the flicker, and MSU deflicker is definitely best. Unfortunately it works only under windows with virtual dub, but it is completely free! Maybe a day I’ll try to make a full post on how to deflicker a time-lapse with test, results and software reviews. But right now I have no time to do that, sorry.