Timelapse in Toronto


Link Posted 03/03/2013 - 10:11
I am not sure whether anyone on here has ever experimented with making a timelapse movie, or how easy that would be with a Pentax (presumably no more difficult than with any other dSLR); It's on my wishlist of things to try one day, but I came across this one online (not made with Pentax), and it is amazing I think. Thought I would share...


Mat W

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Link Posted 03/03/2013 - 18:29
Sadly I can't watch this at the mo because Firefox and Flash Player are having a hissy fit again. I'll try again later.

I have experimented with timelapse, when photographing the aurora. The k5 has a specific "interval" setting which allows you to take a programmed number of exposures of a predefined length, a predefined interval apart. For aurora I thought that I would want to vary shutter speed as the brightness changed, and the changes were not predictable, so I shot manual exposures from 4-20 sec as the brightness changed and triggered a new exposure manually straight after finishing the last one, if that makes sense.

In retrospect my subject was moving too quickly for the shutter speed I was using, and I now have the choice of playing the frames quickly, in which case the aurora moves much more quickly than they actually did, or playing them more slowly, in which case the frame changes look a little jerky.

So - shutter speeds and frame rates will vary depending on your subject and how fast it moves.

Sunrise and sunset shots the brightness changes in a predictable way so you can use Bramping - never tried it. People who do a lot of timelapse also use slow motion dollies - these shots look fabulous but take lots of practice and specialised kit.

Hope this is helpful...good luck!

K3ii, DA16-85, DA35mm Limited, FA77mm Limited, 55mm f1.8 K, 135mm f3.5 M, DA300, DA 1.4 HD TC,
DA16-45, Sigma 15mm f2.8. Cosina 100mm f3.5 macro


Link Posted 03/03/2013 - 21:43
I've also expermented iwth time lapse. getting the fram interval right is important. Windows media maker is a free utility that can assebled them.

The only problem with the K-5 is that it's limited for some stupid reason to 999 frames. K20D was even worse at only 99 frames (No use to anyone )

Best to use an extneral timelapse trigger
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283


Link Posted 03/03/2013 - 22:24
thanks for sharing, a beautiful piece of art.
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