People have a fascination with video or film that plays with or distorts time. Whether it’s the ultra-slow-motion of the Phantom HD or the beautiful time-lapses now possible with the current crop of digital SLR cameras.
I’m also a sucker for both of the above. The ability to see something you wouldn’t normally see whether it’s a fraction of a moment slowed down to become visible or the passage of time condensed into a moment – there is an inherent fascination that I have with these altered realities.
I’ve recently been putting the Canon 7D through its time-lapse paces with a couple of exterior time-lapses shot at Windsor Great Park. Both were shot RAW and colour graded in Adobe After Effects CS4 with Colorista.
The setup itself was the 7D mounted on a Gorillapod SLR zoom, a Tokina 11-16mm lens and the cheapo Meike MK-MC36 intervalometer that I got from eBay. Both time-lapses were set to take 1 frame every 20 seconds.
Lastly, here’s a quick time-lapse of a day in the studio that we shot just for fun. Same lens and settings. Yet another busy and productive day at Engine Creative.