Photography

Biltmore Christmas Lights 2010

My first attempt in time-lapse photography and it didn’t go as smooth as I had hoped. I had a lot of distraction at the beginning and this was my first time shooting in Manual Mode.  Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Time-lapse photography can be considered to be the opposite of high speed photography.

Here are the photos in the video, all images were taken on a Manual Mode.  I used my EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and turn off the image stabilizer since my camera was mounted on a tripod, and to avoid any movement of the image I set the timer on for 2 second.  I also set my focus to manual, shot at f/22, ISO 100 to minimize any digital noise, and the white balance was set on cloudy.

Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 1/2sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 0.6sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 1sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 0.8sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 2sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 20sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted

22 thoughts on “Biltmore Christmas Lights 2010”

    1. Thanks truels, I’m learning something new. If I have a chance to do it over, I would get more footage and space the timing of each photo closer together, this will make the transition a little bit smoother.

    1. Hi chiscaff, thanks. Winter is about the only time that I would get to see the sunset at Biltmore, the gate normally close before the sun goes down during the summer months.

    1. Hi Scott, it’s slightly different from what I’m used to but I think I like it. A camera remote control would come in handy for this but I didn’t have a chance to buy or experiment with the Manual Mode until I got there. I now know what to do for my next project.

  1. The time lapse looks and sounds great. To get a really get smooth transition (to avoid the stop motion look) you can shoot it in video mode then speed up the video. Or even better add motion blur effect to that. Or you can try motion blur on what you have now. Or shoot the image with a slow shutter speed so whatever is moving is blurred. I don’t know if Windows Movie maker has the blur effect but Sony Vegas does. Often, the free VirtualDub works fine for time lapse from still images.

    1. zeddicus, I shot some videos but the quality didn’t come near to the images, perhaps the only correct way is by photography. I shouldn’t have moved my tripod and stay with one angle the whole time. The quality is not bad for my first one. The blurry image is a great idea for transition when there is a dramatic change in the sky.

      I might try again at the Hmong New Year, and this time I wouldn’t have to worry so much about the lighting or the lack of that is.

    1. Hi Geni, I was very fortunate that it was a beautiful evening. And I hope that you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Yay your first attempt at Time-lapse photography! 😀

    I like the ending when the Christmas light comes on. And the sunset is beautiful there too.

    1. Cambree, I didn’t plan it well and it was on a Sunday where the girls have to go to school on Monday. I’m not sure if we would have a chance to go there again to see the Christmas lights, and doing time-lapse in my neighborhood would be awkward and they might call a cop on me. 🙂

  3. How long did you stand there? Wow! Very nicely done. You have worked wonders with that camera…thanks for sharing:))

    1. Hi PaNoy, I stood there for 2 hours, and well worth it. The time-lapse video covered 1.5 hours, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. I would have stayed longer if it wasn’t on a Sunday night and we had to drop Na off also.

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