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


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.


  1. heyadamsilver on July 31, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Any idea what is causing the artifacts on the clouds video?

  2. Jason Tucker on August 2, 2015 at 11:48 am

    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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