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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

NYCTINASTY THE MOVIE. (07/05/14)

Well here it is; the time lapse daisy. Far from perfect. I used the ring light and for some reason it kept adjusting brightness.

THE DAISY

I didn’t forget to align frames but it made it worse as the leaves were also opening out. I never knew they did that. I had to start all over again. I’ll have to dope the dogs as every time they move about it shakes the tripod.

This is 856 frames shot as small Raw files through the Canon 100mm Macro lens. Interval was 10s and the light was a Dorr LED ring light. I sharpened the RAW images to within a gnats whisker of haloing. You tube do soften video but I’m generally happy.

Now back after the illusive Otters. I’ve seen them so know they are about. I’ll leave the dogs at home for once and go down about fourish. That will give me time to polish the pigs wings.

That’s all for today.

41 comments:

  1. That is bloody fantastic, just like it was done by the BBC, great Adrian.

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    1. Thanks Bob. Hardly BBC standard but not bad for a campervan two hour shoot. I never knew leaves closed up at night. I'll dig up a clump of something else. Or two or three something elses. Run them together and make a longer movie.

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  2. Loved It! A job well done Adrian. Now don't be critical ~ just step back and appreciate the finished product. Loved It!

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    1. Carol, it passes what for me is a working day. It would make a good project for a room full of children. Plenty of jobs to delegate. I said I was happyish. I know i could have done better. next time I'll try for the dandelion as it produces seed. I'll have to get a mains adapter to power the camera. Perhaps not i can see them being a fortune. I'll look in EOS Utilities perhaps that will do it through the USB cable.
      It is both a challenge and fun. No plants were hurt I've popped them back where they came from.

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  3. This is fantastic! I like a lot how you made and the music that you choose for this slow motion
    wow!!! so nice

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    1. Laura I know what you mean. It is two hours compressed to a minute or less. I like it and it's a rare day when I like something I've done. Get cooking and painting. I love your sad face paintings. I feel as if a hug would make them smile.

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  4. Wonderful, Adrian! I started this morning with Yorkshire Pudding's poem and your delightful time-lapse film with perfect music.

    Do not disparage yourself. You are a genius and you know it.

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    1. Bob, I'm just starting out at this. It runs smoothish You have to work the time lapse out in advance. The folk here are convinced I'm mad. I time everything I can't see happening to try and guess a frame rate.
      I'll order some better lights and run it over a few hours and not just two. . I'm thrilled to bits with the leaves; never knew they did that. I love macro photography. I see new things.
      I enjoyed Niall's poem. I'll get it set to music.
      It is not a perfect video but I like it.

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  5. It might not be perfect to your standard but still pretty amazing! :-)

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  6. Monica, I await the masters of video and their comments. I like looking at things speeded up and slowed down. I can't do slowed down. That is a trial you are spared. I want mine to look the same as the pros do. It's hard.

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  7. Wow! Brilliant. (At first, I thought time lapse daisy was technical camera-speak. I'm glad it wasn't.)

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  8. Frances, it is very teknikal. I just made six owers work look simple. You get on with the book while I try to perfect this malarkey. I won't buy 'Dead Earnest' till you publish again. Get in gear.

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  9. Love the daisy and the choice of music, brilliant.

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    1. It's okay it is. The music was all I could find with no licence.

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  10. I am so impressed. Your dedication to undertaking it in the first place, and then getting it right is admirable. You did a fine job.

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    1. Hilary. It takes a long time but most of the time I can be doing something else. I enjoy doing these but they are big files to handle.

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  11. Genial Adrian....Gracias por regalarnos a Daisy, los 856 fotogramas han merecido la pena. La has sacado en todo su esplendor!!!!!
    Eres un artista;)
    Buen miƩrcoles.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, la mayor de ellas hago lo mejor que pueden.
      Usted tiene un feliz Jueves.

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  12. Cracking effort Adrian, Brilliant...well worth your toil.
    btw. I think the leaves belong to Subterrannean Clover (trifolium subterraneum)
    What next?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, thanks for the ID. I am wondering what to do next. I'm limited to about four hours shooting. Suggestions are welcome.

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  13. Brilliant Adrian. The slight illumination changes don't detract but make it look more like it was shot in natural light.

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    1. John, at least the batteries lasted the course. I was trying to remember when i last replaced them. I ought to write on the battery case.

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  14. Really enjoyed that Adrian.
    Next stop BBC Natural History Unit?
    I agree with John, the changing light does make it seem like natural light.

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    1. Keith, the BBC still have the edge. They also have some serious computing power.
      The flickering isn't as bad as it looked while I was scrubbing backwards and forwards. It rendered much better.

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  15. Now that is really cool! I'm sure you had a lot of satisfaction producing this little video. I've always liked seeing the actual movement of plants.

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    1. Red, I ought to have done three different plants. The clover is quite dramatic.

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  16. Awesome Adrian. Your really getting the hang of this time lapse photography. You may want to carry a big umbrella with you so you don't get stray light coming in from the side. To tell the truth the light change didn't bother me. You have yourself a wonderful day, and keep on shooting the images.

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    1. Horst, it takes me such a long time to learn. I've about sorted the workflow now. The files are big so the next step is to pan and zoom in post production.

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  17. Marvellous daisy clip. Well done! Don't spend too long polishing the pig's wings as I have heard that that can make you go blind.

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    1. YP, it worked out better than i thought or hoped. Now all I have to do is find the Otters.

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  18. Excellent Adrian, what mysteries of the night and what challenges for us photographers...I think this may call for some sort of portable flood lamp that stays on? It may require a huge battery though. It's beautiful!!

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    1. Maria, I brought this clump of stuff inside. I replanted it when i'd finished. i found it fascinating to watch. there was much more going on than I'd have imagined.

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    2. Maria, this is next weeks project. I'll order up a big LED flood light get a plastic box full of various little plants like forget-me-not, Bluebell and some of those clovers that really perform Maybe a mares tail or two. It will be like flower arranging for time lapse. I'll cover them in a posh light proof card board box and pick a lens and let it roll about midnight. The dogs are asleep then and don't rock the van and the tripod.

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  19. I think it turned out well for the first time. Maybe if you had auto aligned + cropped, it would have gotten rid of the leave problem. But then you wouldn't be able to see them fully.
    But I like it Adrian.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, it is the fourth attempt. I did try aligning but there are too many things going on. I'll try another one soon.

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  20. Super, Adrian! How wonderful to see the leaves open as well. It just goes to show how little we see ordinarily until we slow things down a bit. I just loved it! Thanks :)

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    1. Glo, I was enthralled watching the leaves they stole the show.

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  21. Enjoyable and Impressive and, in that I, too, didn't know that leaves closed at night, educational.

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    1. Graham, it is really good fun and the clover opening is more interesting than the daisy. Gave me a bit of a shock to be honest.
      I have been timing ferns unrolling. They seem to take two to three days which is far too long for both my camera batteries and computing power. I have and old TB hard drive which I'm trying to run in conjunction with the lap top. I know where it is and can dedicate a partioned bit but I don't think it speaks fast enough. You'll be on USB3 ports now. Midmarsh John has just gone MAC but paid a fortune for the biggest and best. He hasn't posted any time lapse shot in RAW yet so maybe it can't cope. Windows7. I know deep down is very inefficient. I should have loaded Umbuto or whatever the linux Mark uses is called. He didn't sound encouraging when I muted the idea to him. I got the impression that he could see half his working hours being occupied sorting me out.
      I phoned a lad who knows a lad who does video game editing using Blender and Lightworks. He has a new machine with twin processors, 64GB of RAM and liquid cooling. Needless to say it isn't portable though at a push the cooling liquid might be potable. He runs Linux. I have an oldish laptop I'll load it to that and try and work it out. So much of the free software is brilliant. Even the big complicated programmes like Blender 3D and lightworks are so good they baffle me.

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  22. I can see why you are besotted with Daisy, that clip is quality.

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    1. Jay, there is still room for improvement but I am enjoying time lapse.

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