Help!! On Time Lapse
Posted 26 May 2005 - 01:41 PM
Posted 26 May 2005 - 02:20 PM
First off if you nail the shot on your first try you will be very lucky. Some DPs dedicated their lives to mastering time lapse. Having said that.
You are describing a VERY complex shot. If you want to do just the sun going down, or just the cars lights streaking fine, I'm not sure from the way you typed your post if you want both in the same shot or not?
For the sunset, 1 frame every two seconds will give you a good result. The sun sets very fast so I would not go to a longer intervol. Do not adjust your f-stop on this shot. You want it to get darker, and you would need some very advanced gear to do a full day to night shot. Not to mention the film stock issues.
As for the f-stop well it's a bit of a guess, I use f-11 with 50ASA for a bright sunset. Should get you in the ball park, maybe try f-8 on another day to have a back up.
As for car lights, you need an intervolometer that will hold the camera shutter open for at least two seconds then advance. This will give you the streaking effect. You can use 50ASA film for this shot as well to save some cash. As a two second exposure on say f-2.8 will give you plenty of light for the neg. At night there will be no danger of over exposure.
At night you can shoot a variety of takes, bracket your shots, try different f-stops and exposure times, keep detailed notes of the setting for each shot.
One might work out.
Posted 26 May 2005 - 03:09 PM
Posted 26 May 2005 - 03:32 PM
That will be very difficult without some high end gear.
You'll have to switch from very short exposures for the sun, to very long exposures for the traffic, all within the same shot.
Maybe a rental house has a piece of gear for this?
You could always fake it. Lock off the camera, shoot two shots like I explained before, then slow dissolve between the two.
Posted 27 May 2005 - 09:37 AM
Obviously, advance apologies to any film purists reading this!
Posted 27 May 2005 - 10:38 AM
Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:15 AM
DV would be a better option, then add some "film look."