Time lapse experiments

I’ve seen a couple of very interesting Time Lapse movies and I have been investigating the best techniques for shooting and putting one together. I found one pretty good tutorial on the equipment needed and technique and decided to try one out.

In this video I collapsed 16 minutes down to 6 seconds running at 6 frames per second. The recommended timing for time lapse videos is 10 to 15 frames a second, so I ran it pretty slow, but this 16 second video is short and 15 frames a second ended up running on about 10 secnds long. The first time I uploaded the video to YouTube I had compressed the video down in MPEG4 to 320X240 at 6 fps and then uploaded it and it turned out really ugly and pixelated. Then, I just turned around and uploaded the full size .mov quicktime file (69 MB) which was 1000X667 at 6 fps and it handled YouTube’s compression pretty well.

This one turned ok for a first attempt. I think I should have dragged my shutter on the camera more to blur the motion. I think I’m going to try this again at night sometime on a busy street corner to get headlights moving down the street. It would aslo be fun to do with a parade. So, be on the look out for more time lapse experiments.

Photoshop Alternatives

In his Web Tips column on Poynter.org Sree Sreenivasan looks at some web based Photoshop Alternatives. The four web based photo editors he recommends are

I’ve never used any of these, but I plan on checking them out. Especially Picnik.com which he says integrates well with Flickr (check out my Flickr flash badge on put on the right hand side of this page).

Kodak flip flops printer pricing model

Kodak whose photography business has virtually collapsed with the popularity of digital photography is flipping the traditional printer pricing model on its head. Instead of selling the printer cheap and charging enormous sums for ink, Kodak plans to sale the printer between $100 and $200 and sale the ink for around $25 a pop rather than $60 to $80 for replacement ink. Manufacturer’s make as much as 75 percent profit on the sale of ink (a $32 billion worldwide market).

The end result of this move is the reduction in cost of printing your own photos from around 40 to 50 cents each to 10 cents each (and that price is before the ink pricing war takes off). Which means that printing your own photos will be cheaper than getting them printed online through some photo service or at your local Wal-Mart or Walgreen. Of course, the photos printed with cheap ink won’t be the same as your prints ordered from the professional photo house (just like the Wal-Mart one-hour photo service isn’t the same).

Pedestrian Bridge

The Arkansas Highway Department was forced to close the Arkansas Hwy 7 bridge over the Ouachita River South of Arkadelphia due to flooding on the South side of the river. When they close the bridge during a flood long-time residents enjoy walking out over the river to watch the swift current.