Archive for the 'Timelapse Photography' Category

Inverted Cloud Timelapse

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

I use a batch action in Photoshop to process the photos from my timelapse adventures. Usually I just resize, crop, and color correct but you could do a lot more if you feel like it. Above is the result of some layering, inverting, and I can’t remember what else I did to this batch. The second half is especially psychedelic. Enjoy…

Enormous Cloud

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I am going to start sharing some more of my timelapse movies here on Found Photography starting with this short clip of an enormous cloud. Even with the wide angle lens I couldn’t fit this cloud in the frame! I wish I would have been faster and could have got this from the beginning, but I am happy I got what I got.

The YouTube video is a bit dark and fuzzy, so if you want to see a version with more detail, check out this Quicktime movie (8mb).

Timelapse Sunset

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I have been pretty quiet on this blog for a while, so I thought I would share with you the timelapse movie I made yesterday. This is the view out the window at work. Not bad, huh?

The YouTube video is a bit dark and fuzzy, so if you want to see a version with more detail, check out this Quicktime movie (13mb).

67,583 Photos = 3.5 Minutes

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

It is about time I talked a little bit about some of the timelapse photography I make. Below you can watch one of the biggest timelapse projects I have completed. I took 67,583 photos from August 2005 – May 2006 to create this 3 minute and 40 second clip. Obviously alot was edited out and spead up, but still that is a heck of a lot of pictures.

(If you like what you saw on the YouTube video, but want to see a cleaner version, you can download a 30mb file here that shows better detail.)

How to Make “Spinning” Vehicle Photography

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006


I am going to take a break from camera modifications, and show you a simple way to make large objects (like a car) “spin” by taking a series of still images. You have probably seen this effect in car commercials, and maybe you wondered how it was done. For small objects a turntable is obviously the easiest way to create this effect, but if you want to do this on a large scale, things get a little more complex since most of us don’t have access to an enormous turntable. The solution is to let the large object remain stationary and take a series of photos in a circle around the vehicle. The hard part is taking each photo from the same distance from the vehicle, at the same height and at equal intervals. You can “eyeball” it like I did for the car above, or if precision is crucial, you can be more precise by using the following instructions. Actually it isn’t that hard, and you don’t even need to do any math, make any measurements, or use any tools! Here’s how to do it…


Batch Action to Remove Hot Pixels

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Although I haven’t talked much about it yet on this site, I have been doing a lot of time-lapse photography lately. I use a Nikon Coolpix 995 which does a great job. The only thing is that it is getting old, and has a bunch of hot pixels. Hot pixels are those bright pink, green, or blue dots that show up in the same place on every photo. They aren’t a problem for me under normal shooting conditions, but during long exposures they get really bad. Last week I was doing a time-lapse at night to record the stars moving in the sky. The exposure time was 8 seconds, so the hot pixels were very evident. Here is how I removed all the hot pixels from over 1000 pictures by creating a batch action in Photoshop.