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#1 James Brown

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:12 AM

Hi,

I want to do a time lapse of a Sunrise panning across a city and then tilting into the sky. Does anyone have some examples of work or gear that they have used in the past. Format will be REDONE, or if it can be achieved with a CANON 5D and intercut maybe the CANON.

I understand it can be achieved in a low fi way with a geared head (our shot will probably be over a 1.5 hour period) or a motion control unit (probably out of the budget). But is there setups you can hire for an O'Conner or does it have to be a modified head specifically for time lapse.

Thanks in advance.

Regards, James.
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#2 Mike Washlesky

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:23 PM

Hi,

I want to do a time lapse of a Sunrise panning across a city and then tilting into the sky. Does anyone have some examples of work or gear that they have used in the past. Format will be REDONE, or if it can be achieved with a CANON 5D and intercut maybe the CANON.

I understand it can be achieved in a low fi way with a geared head (our shot will probably be over a 1.5 hour period) or a motion control unit (probably out of the budget). But is there setups you can hire for an O'Conner or does it have to be a modified head specifically for time lapse.

Thanks in advance.

Regards, James.



there's tons of examples in Koyaniquatsi (sp?) and Kronos if you havent seen those films.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:11 PM

A cheap, homemade solution could be done with a couple of electric motors with worm gears meshed into another larger gear. The shaft of that larger gear runs a rubber belt that rides on the shaft for the gearhead's handles. A combination of an electric dimmer, the gear ratios, and the different gears on the head would determine your speed. I would attach the motors to a steel plate that sandwiches between the crown of the sticks and the head.

Building this isn't very hard but it will take some time to get right. You do have to know exactly the move you want so you can set the pan and tilt speeds and then be able to test it.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:43 PM

i have one of these for my nikon d200...

http://www.youtube.c...A...&playnext=1
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#5 Jake Iesu

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:00 AM

I just watched some of your time lapse stuff.
That last one in the 4 minute video going over the valley at sunset is mind blowing. I Would love to see that projected :)
Great work.
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#6 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 05:15 PM

Do a search for forum member Tom Lowe - he does this kind of work and has posted a bunch on the subject.
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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:04 PM

If you've been diligently googling you will have found this out by now, but the favourite toy of timelapse people is an automatic-tracking telescope mount, which, by its very nature, does very long slow pan and tilt moves.

Google for more.

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#8 James Brown

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 07:13 PM

automatic-tracking telescope mount, which, by its very nature, does very long slow pan and tilt moves.


I have and it looks like a great cheap alternative to the "film" products out there.

Thanks for all the responses.

Regards, James.
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#9 Tom Lowe

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:47 PM

We have a whole forum dedicated to timelapse now at timescapes.org.

The easiest solution would be a simple multi-axis telescope mount, like the "MiLapse" system.

The inventor of MiLapse, Jay, is an admin at Timescapes and can certainly help you:

http://timescapes.or...wforum.php?f=24

Edited by Tom Lowe, 28 May 2009 - 08:48 PM.

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#10 James Brown

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 08:51 PM

We have a whole forum dedicated to timelapse now at timescapes.org.
http://timescapes.or...wforum.php?f=24


Hey Tom,

Thanks heaps - you rock.....

Cheers, James.
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#11 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:05 AM

Hey Tom,

Thanks heaps - you rock.....

Cheers, James.



Cheapest way to do it; shoot on the 5D 2 and use the mega pixels in post to move the frame around. Frame wider than you want, so you can punch in and move around. ;)
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#12 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:04 AM

I'm excited because I just got one of the Meade telescope tripods to use with our 40D. Can't wait to get some cool TL's going.

If anyone gets one, I found this online calculator tool which takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. Who ever made it should get a prize.


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