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Time lapse of a quarter moon traversing the night sky #1

License this video Clip #1 (4k and 1080p HD versions available) - Clip #2 (1080p HD version available)

The story behind this video

With North Wales back in Covid lockdown in January 2021 and a 'stay at home' order in place the opportunities for visiting and photographing around our beautiful country were strictly curtailed.

So to vent my creative pressures I pointed my camera skywards to record the passage of the quarter moon through the night sky over the housing estate where I live.

A quarter moon makes for a great photographic subject, as the grazing light of the sun across its surface reveals craters, ridges and other features of our moon's violent history that you don't get to enjoy when the moon is full.

For a normal timelapse in daylight, with a big scene to encompass, I'll shoot hundreds of RAW images with a few seconds in-between each frame, which is fine for recording cloud and water movement.

But for a relatively small, slow moving subject like the moon in a black sky I changed my way of shooting and set the camera off recording large JPEG files on continous shooting at 4 frames per second.

Fortunately it only took just over 4,000 frames to completely capture the movement of the moon from one side of my viewfinder to the other, well within my 32GB memory card's capacity.

Assembling the final video in Adobe Premiere Pro was relatively straightforward, using the same still images at two different scale settings to create the 'zoomed out' and 'zoomed in' clips of the moon, with no details lost thanks to the large size of the original JPEG files.

To add to the atomsphere I also added some backing music, Glacier by Patrick Patrikios, enjoy!

Video data

Filename - moon quarter timelapse 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 4000mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100

Filters - None.

Shooting interval - Approx 4 frames per second

Location - Buckley, North Wales

This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4k and 1080p HD formats also available)

Clip duration - 74 seconds