My own Time-lapse, the first one ! On a lithops blooming. Youhou !!
New version using batch cropping for a better 16:9:
Old version :
Author : me !
Time-lapse : 1 hour -> 17 seconds (fasten 211x)
So here’s the making of for my first video using time-lapse photography. Please feel free to have fun of me !
The topic : Lithops Karasmontana
The Lithops is a very small plant from South Africa. It looks like a rock. As it does not need much care, it is more and more common as a houseplant. Sometimes, it appears large flowers. The interesting thing is that the flower open during afternoon and close the rest of the day. It will keep opening and closing several weeks. I have decided to make a time-lapse photography during the closing. It takes only one hour, but that’s so long if you do not have a good equipment…!
The equipment McGyver style
A good light cheap Canon Ixus 105 brown color. I do not have a reflex but I have 12,1 Mega pixels! A nice option, I thought about after 15 minutes of time-lapsing, is the 2s wait before flashing. I am not advicing this camera, the gurus will confirm. I am advicing to try first time-lapse with your own equipment
Windows Movie Maker was enough for this first time-lapse. I have done a Movie Maker Tutorial to create easily your first one.
How to feel like loosing one hour in your life
I have put the camera in front of the subject. I have start a chronometer and serenely, I have flashed every 20 seconds during a very very long hour. To people who think I am crazy, I was totally hangover when I did it ! That represents 180 photos with a total of 180Mo.
Self-criticism on the video realized
First, I had to cut the first 15 minutes because I did not set the two seconds delay. The framework was shaking too much. I got seasick ! I am quite surprised with global quality, the movie is fine. I thought I would have more “lags”, less smooth film. I am a bit disappointed with the changing exposure, my camera is moody ! The bad point is this crazy framing :
- the back is moving I can see my leg !
- the flower movements were more visible from the other side
- A view from the top would have been better
I think a tripod will be my next investment to improve picture stability and framing possibilities. I would also need 10 interns to press the little button… any volunteer ?!