Its probably not a secret that I really love watching the sun go down (and come up). I think 90% of my Instagram feed is of the sky...oops! Lately we've been having some stunning sunsets around here & I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to try out time-lapse photography. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, time-lapse photography is when you take a bunch of images taken at regular (or semi-regular) intervals and stitch them together into a video so you get the appearance of time being 'sped up'.
I spent some time Sunday afternoon googling how best to approach it, but a lot of the websites talked about special software & camera kit - which I didn't have. So I figured that it couldn't be TOO difficult to figure out & I packed my camera up and headed out to the park. I set my tripod up overlooking the valley about an hour before the sun was due to set. I always use this site to figure out sunrise/sunset times & golden hour, its dead easy to use and I find it really handy so I don't miss the best light. I knew that I wanted to try and get the final video to be as 'smooth' as possible so I started shooting every 5 seconds & dropped down to every 7 when it looked like I might run out of space! I used my remote shutter so I could move around a bit, and also to avoid moving the camera. If you look carefully you'll notice I have a couple of nice shots of my hand where I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing... I shot in RAW but if I do it again I'll probably just shoot medium-quality JPEG so I can fit more pictures on my memory card.
It was the perfect evening to try this. The sunset was gorgeous and it wasn't (too) cold standing around for an hour and 3/4. I got a few funny looks, but what the hey?! I tried a couple of the freeware programmes to stitch everything together, but in the end I just gave up and used Lightroom. I'm so pleased with how it turned out - I'm pretty excited to try it out again with a few different subjects! R took a couple of shots while we were out - it was magic to be out for the entire sunset. Crazy how it happens every single day and we hardly ever stop to notice how beautiful it can be.
Both pictures courtesy of Rich
Have you ever tried time-lapse photography? I'd love to see if you have!! I think I'm a bit obsessed now...