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After the 6 day camping trip alongside a river, I went back to a nearby location and spent 30 days camping on the side of the mountain in the forest. The video above is a compilation of still photos and moving videos that I put together. In fact, I’ve had SO much fun creating that video and learning how to do more of it, that I haven’t been interested in investing the time and energy in publishing a full-out blog post on the 30 day trip.

With that said, I’ve been really getting into video lately. As illustrated above, it’s amazing how much more depth you get from a moving photo versus a still photo! I’d also like to use my specialized DSLR lenses jfor video so that I can more easily shoot wide angle, telephoto, macro, fisheye, and low depth of field footage with higher video quality and dynamic range compared to what I get with my handheld HD camcorder. Time to upgrade from the 1D which has served me so well up to now! Speaking of upgrading to a nicer camera, I could also use the upgrade for significant improvements in battery life, low light high ISO performance, and long exposure capabilities, all of which I’ll need since I’m also getting into shooting time-lapse videos. It’s videos like this that have really inspired me to getting into time-lapse:

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And so as I’m doing some research learning all about this stuff, I’d like to let you guys in on the fun and show you what all’s goin’ down behind the scenes here in Ariel-land. 🙂

I’m sitting here in California now, getting prepped for the drive up to Alaska by asking around and researching possible routes to take (coastal routes and inland routes), places to go, things to see, weather conditions in various locations, transportation options  including driving my car and taking ferries around, and so on. Photo/video-wise, there’s also so much to explore!

You see, it’s videos like this timelapse of a volcano eruption in Iceland that really light me up, that illustrate what I’d like to do out on my hikes.

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If you notice, even the camera is actually moving during the shoot, and that adds so much!. That was done with a specialized dolly system.

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Some of the dolly systems are larger than others, allowing for greater distances to travel. Some more compact, allowing you to hike in with them.

In addition to a dolly, you can also use a crane to achieve stuff like this:

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That’s the outdoorsy daytime/nighttime hiking/camping side of it. I’d like to combine time-lapse footage with real-time video and stills, similar to what I started doing with the very first video posted above of my 30 day camping trip. Similarly, I’d also like to do some “drivelapse” time-lapse work of the drive from California to Alaska.

The camera there was mounted stationary. You can also have it pan around as shown in this video.

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Right now I don’t have the gear to securely and safely mount the camera in my backseat like that. Plus I don’t want my rear-view mirror obstructed and I’m going to be frequently unmounting my (only) camera to shoot other things and so constantly moving and remounting the camera would create issues with seamless footage. As such, I’m getting a suction cup window mount shipped to me in the hostel here so that I can mount the camera on my windshield and do time-lapse driving footage that looks more like this:

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Whew yeah.. so much exciting stuff to learn! Technical shooting details, how to mount your camera, how to edit videos, how to choose music for videos, how to power your camera and motion systems when out in the field, finding subjects to shoot, how to choose timing options to adjust the speed and smoothness of your videos… SO MUCH FUN!!! 😀

Here’s my very first time-lapse that I’ve shot. Just a test video to go through the process of shooting stills and combining them in software to produce a video. I like that it worked. Now I wanna work on things like smoothness and frame rate. More and more and more to experiment with and explore!! 🙂

3 Comments

  1. Frank Wawrzik
    on August 16th, 2010
    1

    Here’s a little one I put together with my mom working

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/video/video.php?v=1574777298118&ref=mf

    It’s interlaced that’s why the moving quality is bad.

    I also did a little Slow motion

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/video/video.php?v=1574780458197

  2. Frank Wawrzik
    on August 16th, 2010
    2

    ah yeah I put just 10 pics in one second to stretch it a little. I also did 1 pic per 2 seconds. It’s very easy, just need a program where adding up images does not take that much time.

  3. Savanna Willwerth
    on September 23rd, 2010
    3

    Wow these are beautiful!
    Nicely done. Oh and sorry to be a hassle
    but what are the songs on these videos?
    I adore them!

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