With opportunites for travel severely curtailed during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown here in North Wales it bacame necessary to get photographically creative with the scenery on offer from my back yard.
Not so easy, with fences, washing lines and other domestic paraphenalia cluttering up the available views.
But with a bit of careful tripod manipulation and zoom framing I was able to create this composition featuring an old oak tree in my neighbour's garden, ready to shoot this time lapse sequence of day turning to night in the clear April skies.
I also decided to use this opportunity to learn a new trick, shooting the stills for this completed time lapse sequence in two batches, the first covering sunset and twilight, and the second starting an hour or so later once twilight had ended and the stars had come out.
The two lighting conditions required two different exposure times and processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom, so at first I ended up with two separate videos.
I then loaded these two videos into Adobe Premiere and blended them together to create a reasonably seamless transition between the two, creating this single video showing the full day to night experience.
So what started out as an 'I must do SOMETHING' shoot, turned into quite an invigorating learning experience.
I wonder what other new tricks I can learn from photographing in lockdown?
Filename - buckley day to night timelapse 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/125 sec @ f/4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 15 secs @ f/4, ISO3200
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 3 seconds (daylight sequence) then 15 seconds (night sequence)
Location - Buckley, North Wales
Video processing - Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere Pro
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K, and 1080p HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 25 seconds
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