Category Archives: Time Lapse

Selected animations created from sequences of still images.

Lunar Eclipse…sort of.

So on the night of the lunar eclipse I decided to compose my shot from Waialae Beach Park. I thought Maunalua Bay in the foreground and the eclipsed moon rising (over Koko Head) in the background would have made a rather picturesque composition. Decent idea in theory but in practice, Mother Nature bested me. (She will every time.) Below is the best image of the lunar eclipse that I managed to capture.


Cloud bank obscured moon rise.


As you can see, the bank of clouds, sitting low on the horizon, did most of the “eclipsing”. In hindsight, if I had traveled a little further east; set up my position near Bamboo Ridge, Makapuu, or up on Kamehame Ridge — the lunar eclipse photos might have been more successful. *SIGH* C’est La Vie!

While waiting for: 1) the clouds to clear or 2) the Moon to rise above them, I managed a brief time lapse sequence. Pardon the letter boxing. When I realized the time it would take for the moon to clear the cloud bank, I decided to recomposed the camera for a verticle shot. (Bad for widescreen movies but much better for prints. Deep down, I am still a print maker.) You can see how the cloud bank did the uncanny and followed the Moon’s rising path for practically all of the eclipse. This phenomenon continued well into the night. Only after I had packed in the gear and started driving home (about 8 pm) did the Moon break free of the cloud cover. I could have easily stopped and resumed photographing. But by that time the surrounding sky was way too dark and the full Moon far too bright for the composition that I had envisioned. Next time.





My evening at Waialae Beach was not a total waste though. Wisely, I had arrived on site before the sun was down and captured a couple of nice panoramas while waiting for (the ill fated) moon rise.


Playing fetch at sunset.

Stream runoff at low tide.


No ground breaking photos were captured that night. But I have to admit: simply being there to witness was reward enough. In retrospect it was an incredibly grounding experience. Mother Nature reminded me what was real and important. The sand between my toes, wind in my hair, clean air in my lungs, sun and moon beams on my face…I am fortunate to be where I am. I’ll leave you with that thought and this image. (The last one I captured that night.)


Cloud shrouded Moon rise over Maunalua Bay.


Time Lapse, Pearl City Sunset.

Click to view Quicktime Movie.

We’ve been having a bit of rain lately. But the sun came back to Oahu last week. With good weather I got a few opportunities to practice my time lapse technique. (Having a functioning workstation sure helps too!) The nice thing about time lapse is the camera does most of the hard work. You literally “set it and forget it”. For this sequence I set the Nikon D3 up on my roof and just let it work. Then I went back into the house to continue my work. After the sun had gone down I went back out to retrieve the camera. *Viola!* Just like that, I had 1600 some odd exposures AND managed to get some valuable work done at the same time. ;-) Who says you can’t be in two places at once?

The sequence above was captured last night (2008-02-10). It uses 1199 still frames, collected over a span of 79.93 minutes. Then rendered in Photoshop to produce this 40 second Quicktime Movie. Yup, 40 seconds, that’s it! That is the beauty of time lapse though: the illusion of compressed time.

Time Lapse.

One of my latests photographic hobbies is time-lapse animation. This interesting technique allows the viewer to observe (usually slow) events in accelerated time. Favorite subject matter for time-lapse shooters include: flowers blooming, clouds moving, sunrise, sunset, moon rise, etc. The technique is as old as photography itself so nothing I do or talk about is new or fabulous…I just like it! It is one of my many, ongoing, tangents. To pay homage to the gods of time-lapse, I submit my first 34 second, short film, of Clouds: Over My Backyard. ;-)

The video is 800 x 534 in size, 29.97 fps, and I compressed the hell out if it so that it would be only 2.77 megs. My original capture was done with a Nikon D2X, set to small/basic/JPEG. I used the built-in intervolometer so I was limited to only 999 frames. (The camera will capture more but for the setup of one image captured per interval, the limit is 999). I was shooting at 3 second intervals so the total time that passed was 49.95 minutes. Quite a bit of work for 34 seconds of payoff–I have an even greater respect for cinematographers now!