Windy City River Rides
(click image to see YouTube time lapse video)
- Canon 70D with Sigma’s 18 – 250mm lens
- Manfrotto Tripod
- I found a spot in the Chicago area that I thought would have a fair amount of movement. In this case the Chicago River just off of Michigan Ave.
- I composed my shot and fired off a test shot. A review on the LCD screen would have my making some slight composition adjustments. I noticed some movement on the left side of the frame coming from building window washers. They had to be included. Few clouds in the skies meant that I would not give the sky much of the frame as that movement would be minimal.
- I checked my focus by using the camera’s “Live View” mode enlarged to its maximum.
- I turned off the camera’s Auto Focus.
- I set my camera to take small RAW files just in case I wanted to change white balance in post processing.
- I set the lens’ Optical Stabilization to on because of my being setup on a bridge that vibrated under heavy traffic.
- I would also hang a heavy camera bag on the tripod hook for added stability.
- I set my Intervalometer to begin shooting in 5 seconds. Subsequent shots would occur every 4 seconds.
- 855 shots later and I’m ready for that digital darkroom.
In the Digital Darkroom
- Once downloaded to the computer, shots can be imported into Lightroom.
- Edit one image and “sync” other other shots to the recipe.
- Export finished shots into iMovie or some other movie making software.
- Save your finished movie and export to your favorite site or to your computer.