Monday, February 1, 2010

Tick. Tock. Timelapse.

I woke up early Saturday well rested, with no plans for the day. That quickly changed as I hoisted myself onto my elbows and peered through the window. Sun! And... Clouds! In that split second I figured out exactly how I would spend my day.

I hopped into some dirty jeans, checked my car for parking tickets, and set up my 7D for some time lapsing! Now... sitting alone all day could be fun if you're a monk and are 95% of the way to enlightenment, but I'm far from that. To pass the time I recruited some of my brilliant Berkeley housemates to hang out and pass the time.

Here is what I came up with. Oh, and make sure you stay tuned for the last shot. Even Aragorn says it's epic.

All of the timelapse footage was shot on my 7D at various intervals, depending on how fast the clouds were moving. All of the vintage film footage was shot on my Digital Harinezumi, essentially a toy video camera that produces 8mm looking images. I wanted to mix the clean images of the ramped up clouds with the gritty vintage to juxtapose the feel of each camera.

Lesson's Learned
1. IS ≠ :) - Image Stabilization should be disabled if shooting with an IS lens. I figured it would help with minor wind movement. Upon reviewing the footage, since each frame has IS compensation, each one is a little different than the next. This is why there is that weird pan on the campanile. Luckily I only shot with that lens for one shot.
2. Roll the D40 - I also have a Nikon D40 kit that seems to be generating dust. I need to figure out a solid intervalometer for that thing, and then I'll be able to shoot two angles at once.

-Jesse Tarnoff


  1. Awesome footage. I'm digging that last shot of the chair. More cityscape timelapses would be great to see.

  2. Thanks. I'm planning to do a cityscape nighttime video sometime soon. Need to get a second camera body first, or get my D40 going.

  3. great video and good music too, what was that song?

  4. Teardrops by Jose Gonzalez. Massive Attack did the original. I'm glad you liked the piece.