D7000 Timelapse


screen_shot_2011_05_23_at_71610_am.pngWell, the video embedder here at Pixiq is working true to form (that is to say, it’s not) so click here to see a cute little timelapse of a huge honking tidal change from my recent visit to Cornwall, in southwest England.

Tech: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm, 1 frame every 30 seconds for about 8 hours, put together with Quicktime.

More to come, now that I’m back from “vacation.” (during which, I did a lot of work, as is often the case with the self-employed!).

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  1. Jim Donahue May 24, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Looks like my long lost dinghy in the middle. Great Work and Thanks Bob.

  2. Loki Cat May 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Bob, for something like this do you lock exposure on each shot to make the transitions more natural? If so, how do you select the “right” exposure for the duration?

    I’m just now starting to experiment with using my 5100 for video and finding myself locking exposure most of the time.


    • Bob Krist May 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Loki: We’re kind of mixing apples and oranges here. For video (video), I always use the exposure lock, otherwise you get this miniscule flickers in your video. But what you just watched is a timelapse—-a movie made of still photographs taken at longer intervals than the normal 24 fps, or 30fps, video.

      For timelapses, I use aperture priority. I’ve read a lot of tutorials advising folks to use manual exposure, but what happens if the light shifts for a long time? I’ve gotten good results using aperture priority for timelapses.

      Hope this helps. BK

      • Loki Cat May 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

        wow, thanks for the quick reply!

        Yes, that makes total sense. I suppose if one were to show a specific time lapse that focused on the transition of the day to night, then manual exposure would make the entire sequence more pronouced whereas aperture priority would “flatten” the transition. But with your explanation, now I realize that one would also need a cloudless day to achieve that.

  3. RuthCT June 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    thats pretty cool, reminds me of tidal scenes I have seen up in Maine where I think they have a 12-13ft tide?
    I know the Delaware River is about 8-9ft tide from our boating days.

    I still haven’t tried this yet, but guess I would have to find a spot that I could have my camera safely sit for long periods of time… or I don’t mind sitting there watching for a few hours :))

  4. Tommy Thompson March 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Thanks for that beautiful timelapse. I admit it took me some time to finally find your website. I can only plead a year of getting a new house in order here in my new home state of New Mexico. Speaking of New Mexico, any workshops in the queue that might use NM as the setting?

  5. Kasper March 19, 2019 at 4:15 am #

    Wow, thats awesome. I did something similar once with tide in a small harbor in Scotland, but the rain kind of ruined the fun (and the scenery) 🙂

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