Head in the clouds – 4K time-lapse of clouds with birds on a power line

The good and the bad of time-lapse photography this time with 100% more clouds and 50% more autofocus fails.

Yesterday I recorded a time-lapse of clouds and I wanted to get the power lines in the shot to watch the number of birds that land on it. The shot it’s composed right but the result is interesting. I lined up the camera with the power line just over the neighbors apartment (you can see it in the shot at the bottom of the screen) and set the camera to time-lapse at ISO 200 32mm 0ev f/5.4 1/400. I then had the camera render out the video itself and it produced the image above.

I’ve looked at ways to do some post processing of the images before turning them into a video off camera and have found Mac App Store – Sequence to be a pretty cool app to try. I captured a time-lapse last night of the moon from my patio as a test and accidentally forgot to turn on manual focus so the video keeps jumping in and out of focus, here is what not do to when taking a photo of the sky especially when it’s in low light.

As you can tell, experimenting leads to learning. I hope if someone is just starting out with photography finds my blog posts about it will learn from my mistakes and can correct themselves before spending 2-3 hours capturing a time-lapse like I did 🙂

What I have learned is that taking the photo is just the first part in taking a good photo, shooting in RAW allows for post production work to happen and I need to learn how to do that. Time lapses in particular can be edited just fine using software such as Sequence or LRTimeLapse4. I’m working on getting there but I’m far from a Lightroom Pro so Sequence may have to do for now.

By <span class='p-author h-card'>Jason Tucker</span>

I'm Jason Tucker, WordPress web developer, IT manager at a non profit, creator of audio and video podcasts, tech writer, husband to Jen Tucker and father to our 3 awesome kids. I build the internet so you don't have to.

2 replies on “<span class='p-name'>Head in the clouds – 4K time-lapse of clouds with birds on a power line</span>”

Not sure why you’d be seeing or why compression is occuring, I’m recording the photos at 14MP and then the camera is taking those images and turing them into a 4K video, all incamera.

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