Sunset Timelapse over the Pacific

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  1. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
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    Mike Aubrey
    So technically its not quite the Pacific, at least not open ocean. This is Howe Sound, north of Vancouver.

    I posted photos of my August backpacking trip a while back. I took around 350 stills, not including the just under 2000 frames of the sunset where we camped the first night. Yesterday, I finally got around to editing and compiling the images into a timelapse.

    There are two sets of photos. I changed the exposure half way through in order to deal with the lower light. Because this was a backpacking trip, I didn't have the weight or space for a tripod in my bag. My trekking poll monopod didn't cut it for this, so the camera sat on a rock. You can see it shift in the first half. I'll need to figure out how to deal with that better in the future.

    Anyway, these were shot raw with the OM-D and Oly 9-18mm and polarizer, then edited in Lightroom 4 using the synchronize feature (which is a really awesome feature). Feedback, suggestions, critiques and questions all quite welcome.

    <iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="">Howe Sound Sunset</a> from <a href="">Mike Aubrey</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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  2. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    I think you did a great job, Mike !

    C U
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  3. 2ndLight

    2ndLight Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    Laguna Niguel, CA
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    Very nice. What intervals were you shooting? Any special equipment?
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  4. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
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    Mike Aubrey

    This was shot months ago back in August, but looking at the timestamps it looks like they were at four second intervals.

    I just have a cheap remote shutter and set the camera on Anti-Shock with a four second intervals (apparently) in continuous shooting. I also used a polarizer and a 3 stop ND filter. The combination vignettes horribly at 9mm, but with the 16:9 ratio, that didn't matter.
  5. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Thats awesome...great vid.
  6. donlaw

    donlaw Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 19, 2011
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    Don Lawrence
  7. Alan_N

    Alan_N Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    Yorkshire UK
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    still looks great even with the slight change, with the camera. I know what you mean about needing to travel light when backpacking, I got a small ultra pod which I can also atach to a pole. meant for compact camera but can get away using with my GF1 as well. If a bit more space then I do have a small travel tripod which has more hight and more stable.

    Thanks for sharing, I love watching timelapse and had a go at but want to do a lot more.
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Wow, very nicely done!:2thumbs:
  9. davidleetong

    davidleetong Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 20, 2012
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    David from
  10. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
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    Very nicely done! Love watching the cloud shifts in time lapse photography!

    I guess sunset is particularly challenging to shoot because of the change in light condition. I don't know anything about producing time lapse photography, but I wonder if one can use exposure compensation in PP to make up for the vast change in lighting condition, so when shooting the scene, the camera is initially set to over-expose. The lighting condition will eventually turn to under-expose. In LR4, one can then bring down the exposure in the initial shots, and bring up that of the darker shots. Sounds like a lot of work and difficult to get consistency in the shift though!
  11. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Very relaxing, thanks!