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Canada Fireworks From Burrard Bridge
Canada Fireworks From Burrard Bridge
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > July 2022 > Canada Fireworks From Burrard Bridge

Moonrise On Sunshine Coast
675 images, taken 10 seconds apart. First photo was 6:59pm, Last photo was at 8:51pm. This sequence had a LOT of problems with flickering. I used LRTimelapse to clean up the exposure and then used the three frame blend trick and I still had flickering.
John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Sunshine Coast 2 > Moonrise On Sunshine Coast

Packing Camp
This is 1124 images taken every 6 seconds from 7:59:13am (f6.3, 1/320) until 9:51:25 (f6.3, 1/200).
People: Claira, Helen, John, Nara

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > Banff Jasper Road Trip > Jasper > Packing Camp

North Over Green Lake
North Over Green Lake
John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Whistler August Long Weekend > North Over Green Lake

Sunset On Chesterman Beach
The lens was set to 29mm. Photography started at 8:06pm, f5.6 at 1/2500th of a second (under exposed 2 stops, ISO 100) and ended at 10:09pm at f5.6, 6 second exposure, ISO 200. There were 918 photos taken at a 8 second interval.
No stabilization required. Exposure compensation in post was pretty easy. Shame there wasn't much of a sunset, but the beach fire at the end really helped. The family did have a metal beach fire basket thing which is required on this beach.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > Tofino Wedding > Sunset On Chesterman Beach

Port From Canada Place
663 photos, starting at 6:10, ending at 8:38. 8 seconds between exposures.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > April 2022 > Port From Canada Place

Sunset With Cherry Blossom
I started at 7:03pm at f18 at 1/160th of a second (in shutter priority mode) and ended at 625 frames later at 8:47pm at f6.3 and 6 second exposures. The interval was every every 10 seconds. I haven't removed people from this sequence.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > April 2021 > Sunset With Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossum With City Sunset
This was my second shot at this sunset. I repositioned so I could get the whole tree in the shot rather than just a branch. I didn't bring quite so wide of a lens.

This is 745 frames, Starting at 7:39pm and ending at 9:16pm. I think sunset was about 8:15. The interval was 8 seconds and I shot in aperture priority mode because I finally figured out how to set my camera to limit the longest exposure in A mode until it starts increasing the sensitivity. The photos started at f/8.0, 1/160th of a second at ISO 100 (exposure is set to under exposed by 2 stops) and it ends at f/8.0, 6 seconds, ISO 160 (still under exposed by 2 stops)
I have manually photoshopped out people walking in front of the camera and a few birds.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > April 2021 > Cherry Blossum With City Sunset

Foggy Downtown Sunset
This is 656 frames from 4:01pm until 5:50pm. Exposure at the start was f8 at 1/50th of a second, at end was f8, 4 seconds. The photos are take every 10 second. No stabilization as the camera was on a tripod on solid ground (just outside of the Granville Island Public Market).

This is one of the easiest timelapses ever - the exposure is almost linear (the camera made the correct and consistent guesses) and no stabilization required.

Fog downtown is pretty rare - it usually happens when we transition from wet weather to cold weather in winter.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > January 2022 > Foggy Downtown Sunset

Ferry To Victoria
I had a tripod, my camera bag and a whole ferry ride to wait so why not try a time lapse off the front of the ferry?

A lot of things went wrong or were hard. The sun was in the image for most of the sailing which makes the exposure a pain. The ferry is vibrating I never got a sharp image out of the sequence. Shutter speed was between 1/125 and 1/640th so I think it was the VR elements in the lens that were shaking.

The ferry is not a stable platform but the bright moving water was very attractive to the ffmpeg image stabilization. I was un-unable to stabilize past the opening sequence.

This is 962 images, all shot at f8 with an interval of 6 seconds. I started taking photos at 2:00:37pm and finished at 3:36:43pm. Sunset was probably 4:15.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > December 2021 > Ferry To Victoria

Moonrise Over Trial Islands Lighthouse
There are a whole bunch of things wrong with how I took this. Exposure was every 2 seconds and this is 100 frames long (3 minutes, 20 seconds). Exposure was f 5.6, 1/320th of a second at ISO 400 which was about 3 stops too faint. The f5.6 was dictated by the long lens setup and the 1/320th of a second was to reduce motion blur.

The biggest problem was the tripod. It was quite windy out (you can see the flag flapping) so the camera was actually blowing quite a bit. All of these frames were aligned by hand from the silhouettes of the house and lighthouse. I have more frames of the moon rising into the night sky, but I can't align them because I have no fixed part of the frame. It was so dark that even fully ramped up, I can't see the light house building.

I was surprised how much the moon is distorted - it isn't round and the face is blurred by changes in air density. I can understand why people usually take pictures of churches in the mountains rather than lighthouses on the horizon.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > July 2021 > Moonrise Over Trial Islands Lighthouse

How To Make Campfire
594 frames, shot f10 1/40th of a second at iso 800 for the whole thing. The photos are taken every 2 seconds so this timelapse runs from 5:47pm to 6:06pm.
People: Claira, Helen, John, Nara

John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Prince Rupert Road Trip > Prince Rupert > How To Make Campfire

Sunset On Fraser Lake
There is a train on the far side of the lake near the end.

This is 366 shots, 15 seconds apart. It started at f18 and 1/100th of a second and dropped down to f5 and 2.5 second exposures.

Being this far north, the sun doesn't really set so you don't get much of a sunset.
John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Prince Rupert Road Trip > Beaumont Provincial Park > Sunset On Fraser Lake

Milky Way Over Pyramid Mountain
I put the camera out on the dock and left it shooting and went back to bed. The sequence started at 12:08 am and finished at 1:22am for 73 photos. The images are taken every 62 seconds. The exposure is 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 800. The camera was set in manual mode so the exposure didn't change.

The mountain is called pyramid mountain.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > Cathedral > Milky Way Over Pyramid Mountain

Mount Baker Sunset From Lions Gate
I started taking photos at 7:52pm at f8, 1/400th of a second, ISO 100. I took 1188 photos until 10:30pm at f8, 6 seconds exposures, ISO 450. The exposure interval was every 8 seconds, ISO is in auto so when the camera hits the exposure limit (I limited it to 6 seconds), ISO goes up.

The lens was set to 44mm.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > May 2021 > Mount Baker Sunset From Lions Gate

Freighters Under Lionsgate At Sunset
This video took a look of work to get. I tried shooting this once before but the clouds were too heavy which lead to a very blah sunset and I misconfigured the camera (ISO was not in automatic) which lead to a variable interval (the clouds speed up).
This sequence is 1064 frames, taken every 8 seconds. I started at 7:51pm at f6.3, 1/3200 (-2 exposure compensation) and ended at 10:13pm at f4.5, 6 second exposures). It was shot in aperture priority mode.
I was standing on the lions gate bridge which introduces some challenges. First - the bridge has lights and you can see them start to dominate the park lighting in the last 1/3rd of the video. The much bigger problem is that the bridge moves a LOT. The frames have both a vertical translation and rotation element. I used ffmpeg to reduce the motion, but because this image is dominated by the clouds and boats I had to mask out (using a blur) much of the image so that the video stability detect code could find the motion. The code was:
# Gather the source images into a movie:
ffmpeg -framerate 30 -pattern_type glob -i 'DSC_*.jpg' -c:v libx264 LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4

# blur out most of the movie except the cliffs on the left and the mountains on the right
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4 -filter_complex "[0:v]boxblur=50[bg];[0:v]crop=w=1078:h=987:x=0:y=1038[fg];[bg][fg]overlay=0:1038[c];[0:v]crop=w=1125:h=516:x=2114:y=776[fg];[c][fg]overlay=2114:776" -map 0:v blurredVideo.mp4

# Use the blurred video to generate the transform estimates. Because of the minimum constrast requirements, the stability detect can't detect the clouds. ocean or boats.
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i blurredVideo.mp4 -vf vidstabdetect=stepsize=16:shakiness=4:accuracy=15:mincontrast=0.4:show=1 cropVectors.mp4 -f null -

# Use the transform vectors to make the final video.
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4 -vf "vidstabtransform=input=transforms.trf" -crf 20 LionsgateFreightersStabilized.mp4

There are a few large ships in this timelapse. The first is the Bulk Carrier Kinoura followed by the Island Trader Tank Barge and finally the Bulk Carrier Sunny Hope. There are at least a dozen smaller ships including a police boat.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > May 2021 > Freighters Under Lionsgate At Sunset

Rainbow At Pitt Addington Marsh
236 frames. The interval is 1 second making this roughly 30 times faster than real time. It was shot at 34mm. The exposure was f7.1 at 1/200th of a second. Started at 2:42:35PM, finished at 2:46:30PM because people started walking up the blind which caused the building to shake.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > January 2021 > Rainbow At Pitt Addington Marsh

Granville Street Sunrise
This is one of the first timelapses where I wish I captured a few more frames.

519 frames, starting at 6:28am and running to 7:54. Sunrise was at 7:34am. The interval was 10 seconds - it started at f9, 8 seconds and ended at f22, 0.3 of a second. I didn't get the time down fast enough so some of the frames were at f22 but wanted to be more closed.

You can see some flickers at the start on the right hand side. That is flare from cars on the bridge. There is quite a bit of shaking when buses go over the expansion joints in the bridge - surprisingly that didn't show up.


John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > February 2021 > Granville Street Sunrise

Sunrise On Canda Place
551 frames with a 12 second interval. I started at 6:21am, f10, 10 second exposures and ended at 8:11am, f18, 1/4 second exposures and I don't think I went far enough.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > January 2021 > Sunrise On Canda Place

Milky Way From Whytecliff Park
90 frames x 30 seconds each is roughly 45 minutes of tripod time. I first started shooting at 13 second exposures and it took me a few minutes to realize my mistake (those frames were discarded). The camera wasn't very level when I shot it (hard to get right when so much of the frame is black) so these images are cropped.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2022 to 2005 > August 2017 > Milky Way From Whytecliff Park

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