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There’s No ‘Pocalypse Like Snowpocalypse!

OK, so this’ll be the last of my wining about the missed opportunity with the recent weather.

As the storm was descending upon us on Monday, I set up my Canon G10 in a bedroom window, shooting for a timelapse video of the impending doom. Of course, we all know what happened — not much! — but the video is kinda cool, and the longest timelapse I’ve attempted. I shot it at pretty low resolution, wanting to capture as many frames as possible, so if the power stayed on, I’ve have days of images to put together.

We had power, I had frames, but not much in the way of weather.

There’s two kinda cool things in this video that grabbed my attention. The first is the bush in the foreground bending under the weight of the ice. In truth, I was hoping to get a lot more ice, and see more of that kind of action. The second is the activity around the neighbor’s car as he cleans it off. Also cool, I think.

Oh, and for those folks that are saying I’m not putting enough imagery on the site lately, here’s 14,576 images to tide you over. 🙂

Volcanic Video

With so many of the new DSLRs now sporting HD video (my new Canon 7D included), there’s a lot of experimentation going on with video. This video of the recent Icelandic volcano shows off some of what the new cameras can do. In this one, the videographer is using a special motorized dolly system to get the moving timelapse images. Simply brilliant.


Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

How To: Timelapse Video

After doing some searching on the net, I found a blog post describing an intervalometer for the Canon G10 which is readily sourced from a Chinese seller on eBay.  (I’ll write about that device later.)  If that sentence doesn’t have enough technobabble for you, read on.

Timelapse is something that’s always intrigued me.  After I read about folks creating timelapse movies with their DSLR and point and shoot cameras, I got real interested in trying it.  My intervalometer for my G10 arrived last week, and today I had some time to play with the concept.  Taking my cue from some material I’d read, I set the camera to manual settings, and set the gear to shoot a frame every 20 seconds.  After three and a half hours, the battery on the G10 was done, and I was ready to start assembling the film.

There’s probably better ways to build a film from stills, but I went with something I read on Photojojo, and used QuickTime Pro to pull it all together.  I decided to go with 24 frames per second, as that seemed like a pretty smooth framerate.

Below is my first timelapse flick, not to mention, the first time I’ve used YouTube as a host for anything.  Enjoy!