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Saturday, July 13, 2013

An experiment with Timelapse Photography

An experiment with Timelapse Photography 

Apart from being a tech enthusiast and a gardener by hobby, I consider myself, an amateur photographer, and thus, like experimenting with different photography techniques. More than this, I like presenting things "as is" without any changes/modifications aimed at "enhancing" the beauty of my photographic experiments, and this is the reason, I don't prefer doing any post processing in any of my photos, except when it is absolutely necessary (and as far as I remember, I did it for the wild asparagus post).
Here, I'm posting one of my recent experiments in photography - Timelapse Photography. I've been trying to do this for a while now, but, due to the absence of any specialized equipments for this (no dedicated digital cameras, no tripods, etc), and in this case, my Nokia C6-00 hasn't been able to prove any helpful, as most of the timelapse photography apps developed for S60 failed to run on my cell. It never  struck me that I could actually use a windows based app installed on my laptop to do this task for me. Then, recently, I came across a feature in the preloaded Dell Webcam Software on my Inspiron laptop, which actually lets me capture a timelapse video.
I gave it a try, and the results were quite good. I actually got a video ~10 minutes for a total shoot duration of 1:45 hrs, which when played at a fast forward pace of 31.25x in VLC media player somewhat gave me a result I expected. Though, this was my first experiment with timelapse photography, I didn't have the experience to think about the minute details which could possibly drastically affect the outcoming video. The factors included the movement in my subject (my red hibiscus plant), caused by the air on my terrace. Then came the changes in light caused by overcast conditions.
I gave another try to my timelapse photography experiment the very next day. This time with quite controlled conditions like an enclosed area to keep my plant away from any movements caused by air.
This time the video was captured over a period of around an hour with a time lapse of 25 seconds between subsequent captures. Then the video was fast forwarded at a speed of 12x, and this was the result.


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