I started photoblogging eight years ago today. That’s almost 3000 photos shared since I began on August 12, 2007. A lot has changed since then…I’ve gotten married, changed day jobs a couple of times, traveled a lot, got a dog, and countless other things. But one thing has stayed constant, and that’s that I’ve made sure to photograph my adventures and share the results every single day since I started. In celebration of this event, I’ve put together a short video that shows every single photo I’ve blogged since I started. It’s interesting to observe how much my technique and skills have changed while catching glimpses of Dallas, Las Vegas, Jamaica, Montreal, Alaska and all of the other many places I’ve had great times in since I started. Thank you for your support and I look forward to continuing to provide fine daily photos for your enjoyment for years to come.
In keeping with last week’s post, here’s the GPS log from yesterday’s photowalk with our Meetup.Com group Dallas Photo Walk. We had a fairly-short walk on the SMU campus in Dallas. Unfortunately, SMU’s campus is the most architecturally-homogenous university campus I’ve ever been on. Every single building looks the same. And not in a photogenic, interesting way! That, combined with cold, overcast weather, meant that I didn’t come away with too many photos that I’d call “great”, but I will, of course, post some on the photoblog as I get to them (today’s photo is from this walk!).
I still plan on doing a post on how I use GPS logging software to tag locations to my photos, but I’ve been sick and lazy and haven’t gotten around to it!
The highlight, for me, of this photo walk was watching Santiago Calatrava’s sculpture “Wave” undulate in front of the Meadows Art Museum. Here’s a short video I shot with my iPhone:
Earlier tonight, a user on Reddit asked how to do this very thing for a TV production he was working on. I obliged him by doing a quick write-up of the process; after which, I decided to share here as well:
I used ML to shoot 216 photos using the intervalometer function. Since this was a “spur-of-the moment” idea I had, I didn’t really think things through and didn’t think to shoot any other format than full-size RAW. Looking back, I could’ve probably shot in the lowest res RAW or even JPEG and have been fine, since the resolution I was aiming for was 1080p. This would’ve let me shoot longer, but I quickly ran out of card space at that resolution. I squeezed off a few test shots at various shutter speeds until I found a speed that I liked the length of the trails at, settling on .8/second. (ISO 400)
Also, since I primarily shoot stills, I’m used to usually shooting in shutter-priority or aperture-priority and, since I’d already determined that I wanted a specific shutter speed (0.8 second), I made the mistake of shooting in shutter-priority. I should’ve shot in full manual, as this would’ve kept my aperture constant as well, preventing the variations in black levels that are evident in the final video. (The varying brightness of the cars’ lights made the camera constantly adjust aperture–this probably could’ve been fixed in post, but I was just experimenting).
After getting back to my Mac, I downloaded the files to Lightroom and edited the first photo for noise reduction, sharpness, tone curve, exposure and color balance. I also cropped it to 16:9. I then synced this first image’s edit to the rest of the images in the sequence. I exported out to a folder at 1920×1080, then loaded up FCPX.
In FCPX, I imported the photos, created a new project (1080P/24) and placed the photos onto the timeline. To actually create the timelapse, I followed the demo in this video: https://vimeo.com/38598208
Export and you’re done.
Pretty easy, eh? Incidentally, I was just messing around with this video last night, experimenting with using Photoshop CS6 video features by applying various filters to the video. Here’s a version with polar coordinates applied and some lengthening and reversing thrown in for good measure:
If you’re like me, you have a dog that occasionally likes to eat things. In this case, Winston at my EOS Utility install disc before I got a chance to install it on my iMac. This wasn’t initially a problem for me, as I use Lightroom and don’t shoot tethered. But then I discovered the CineStyle Picture Style by Techicolor and wanted to experiment with it while shooting video. Unfortunately, to load picture styles onto a Canon camera, you need the EOS Utility (this hasn’t been an issue before, since I shoot RAW when shooting stills). Luckily, I found the following instructions for installing without the disc.
Last year, Kien Lam did what many of us dream of doing—he quit his job in San Francisco, packed his bags and camera and headed out on a ’round the world trip. This is the video he put together of that long journey.