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#1 AXAF

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:34 AM

Hi~

So I made my first attempt at making a timelapse movie of the night sky last night. I used my Canon T3i with the 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, operating at 18mm and f/3.5. Each exposure was 10 seconds at ISO 1600, with a 2 second pause in between frames. Total duration was two hours, which amounted to some 600 frames. Scene temperature was 3400K.

I think I need a better lens, perhaps the 17-55 f/2.8 that Canon puts out for crop sensors.

Any insight to improving the technique would be appreciated.

Here's the link to the movie (10 frames/second):

http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:57 AM

Well done.
Next time you could check focus as it seems this was bit off.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

Yes well done. I would speed up the frame rate a little, and maybe reduce the # of frames by going f/4 800iso 20-25 sec frames. You may even up the f/ or lower the iso, but stay around 25 seconds. I use JPEG only when I shoot for movies for memory and processing time. A great lens is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens.

I have a several movies at:
http://mophopix.smug...64752_jVVxnD...

And some daytime:
http://mophopix.smug...1422274570&k...

These might give you some ideas on what you want to shoot. I also use Windows Movie Maker, it's pretty easy to use.

#4 David Pavlich

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:30 PM

That's nice work!!

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#5 AXAF

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:15 PM

Yes well done. I would speed up the frame rate a little, and maybe reduce the # of frames by going f/4 800iso 20-25 sec frames.

Thanks for the advice. Here is a reprocessed version at 60 frames per second. It flows much better now:
http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be

~Gary

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

Looking good!

Just remember that shutter has limited life. On average it is about 100,000 shots, but some cameras quit much sooner.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:48 PM

Excellent stuff!

#8 Toxic Coolaid

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:47 PM

I like that speed much better. I thought you got the ISS in there but it just looks to be a plane that turned it's front lights off. I usually choose a sub time that doesn't show to much trailing, pick a f/ of 4 or just a little higher, then adjust the iso to give me a good look. I usually have a iso of 400 or 800.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:19 PM

Nice time lapse; which tool did you use to create movie?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:15 AM

Nice time lapse; which tool did you use to create movie?

Glad you liked it. I used VirtualDub:
http://www.virtualdub.org/

Also, I found this tutorial to be very helpful (it shows how to use VirtualDub):

http://vimeo.com/gro...videos/19854305

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for the info. Regards






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