Posted 27-02-2013 at 09:59
There are several professional purpose made rigs for panning and sliding with small digi cameras now, all copies of filmmaking equipment for bigger cameras. on Utube there are loads of home made ones too, some are really good. The GoPro Hero has been mounted on an egg timer to get a 360deg panning shot, even from a kite. Some people are very clever with this stuff.
Nice, some serious kit there. I especially like the boom . It looks like it may have a motorised lift through some sort of a pulley mechanism. Not seen one of those before, very effective too.
I'm curious why David has an egg timer on his helmet, but I'm too polite to ask.
From the comments below the vid.on the vimeo site he mentions that he made the boom himself.
I like how he captured "The belt of Venus" to initiate the sequence and end it.
Didn't mean to "hijack" the thread through talking about this cerrig.
Posted 28-02-2013 at 18:46
No problem Jackdaw, hijack away. I'm used to it, although it's usually whirling vortexes of scalar geometry that get me, aaarrrrgh.
I am interested in all things timelapse, so any input is welcome.
Posted 28-02-2013 at 21:59
I don't know how that DSLR is automated, is there separate programme in the camera to do the shooting?
I've loaded a time lapse prog onto my small Canon compact's SD card from CHDK - http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK_in_Brief - for firmware upgrades, clever stuff and totally programmable in some type of BASIC. I guess that could easily be programmed to do a sequence of long exposure shots.
I think Hamish Fenton uses the same for his kite aerial photography.
Posted 01-03-2013 at 16:56
I use a cheap ebay(Yongnow) plug in intervalometer for my Canon DSLR. It cost about £15 , and works just fine on 2 AAA batteries. I also have a radio controlled one, much more expensive(£65) which works ok, but it eats batteries. Some other solutions are very expensive and complex, but the principle is simple enough. The GOPRO has it's own built in intervalometer, so it's easy peasy.
Posted 02-03-2013 at 07:43
This is the sort of thing you get, can be used as an intervalometer, or as a remote shutter release, just select which option you want. It's probably possible for the camera to have these options built into it's own menu, but Canon don't do that, which is why people came up with the CHKD for compacts. I believe some Canon DSLR's can be hacked now too, but with something called Magic Lantern. Not tried it myself, so don't know much about it. There are some camera's that have built in intervalometers, but not Canon.
Posted 02-03-2013 at 21:22
That looks pretty good, interchangeable leads too. The other equipment is very expensive though. No wonder there are so many do-it yourselfers having a go at this. I have a half made boom pole made out of an old extendable window cleaning pole.
The software is handy too. "Star trails" software is free, and it makes either a star trail photo or a movie. Not the best, but it's free, and it does ok.
I am currently using Lightroom 4 and LRtimelapse to make the films and deflicker them, or at least I would be if I could figure it out. Theoretically the stills can be edited in Lightroom, then deflickered in LRTimelapse, but there are quite a few steps along the way, and more than enough opportunities for me to go wrong. Very frustrating.
I have managed one of Arthurs Stone , which isn't bad, which I am trying to get onto Vimeo. Another trial for me.