Long Term Timelapse
Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:12 PM
The best route I've come up with so far is to have a Canon 20D connected to a timer remote controller. I will use as big of a card as possible (32GB?) and set the camera to one of the lower rez settings.
But this still limits me to the life of the battery which is probably hardly a day. There's no way we can swap the batteries daily. This seems far-fetched but is there any kind of solar power adapter that a camera could plug into? Or does anybody have any other idea?
And also, the camera will need to be protected in some kind of housing. Any ideas here?
Am I even on the right track here? I wonder if anybody's pulled off something like this?
Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:46 PM
Posted 23 July 2009 - 09:29 PM
What sort of interval are you going to shoot at? I'd assume you'd only shoot during the day? If that's true then you wouldn't need much power throughout the night and whenever the camera isn't firing. I've got a 40D and the batteries last suprising long, especially if you have the battery grip.
I'm curious to hear more about what you're trying to do. I've gotten pretty interested in timelapses lately since getting one of those Meade telescope heads.
Posted 24 July 2009 - 12:08 PM
For this project, we want to have a timelapse of people visiting a memorial site. Each day people filtering in and out, leaving flowers, etc. I'd think we would want to go from sunrise to sunset but I'm not sure how you'd get the camera to stop taking pictures at night. I don't think the interval has to be all that often. Once a minute or 30 seconds? Not totally sure yet.
We might do a lifecycle of flowers sort of timelapse to - a bunch of flowers opening, closing, dying etc.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 02:08 PM
The handbuilt registation and clawdown mechanism inside these vintage cameras is exceptionally steady, which may make a difference on a long shoot.
They are still used today for some SFX plate shots where steadiness is important.
And the Jackson Woodburn motors can be programmed with all manner of creative instructions like speed ramping or switching off at night.
There are many solar powered trickle chargers on the market for marine and leisure use, which could easily keep a 12volt camera battery topped up throughout your shoot period. I'm pretty sure a good camera hire company would have done something like this before and wouldn't mind their tech guys chatting to you about it. Good luck!
Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:46 AM
in your case using a tree for a base might be wrong as the tree is not stable ; shooting a frame each minute or 30 seconds will produce lots of material in a few weeks or months, so you should first do your math.