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The virtual dolly – time lapse next gen

I finally made my proof of concept: By using Blender I made a time lapse video and applied some virtual dolly movement. Meaning, that the camera is moving across the picture. This is possible due to the bigger than full HD video source made from the single picture recorded with the Canon Powershot S95. A zoom would have been also possible but was not implemented due to calculation time reasons.
Lean back and enjoy

Catching a lightning made easy

Motion detection is one of the features most cameras lack. There is some kind of trigger for taking group pictures by waving. But that’s it.

If you own a Canon point and shoot and have already installed the CHDK, you will easily find a script on the CHDK page. I wanted to give it a try, did not change any parameters and started the script on my Canon Powershot S95. I kept the camera on the roof of my car so I could easily blend the layers. After some exposures I finally had three snapshots of lightnings I blended to get this picture:

Thunderstruck

There were also some frames which had no lightning in them, but as you can see I am on a parking near the highway and the camera sometimes interpreted the traffic as a lightning. Nothing is easier on a digital camera than deleting these. I will definitely try this with the 60D and the magic lantern.

HDR features in Magic Lantern

I took the camera for a walk with friends. As it is when you have a nice walk, you meet somewhere. In our case we met on a bridge. I was not the last person to show up (actually I was the first), so I had some time to take some shots.

Going through the menu of Magic Lantern I found the HDR settings, where you can have up to 9 brackets. Because my last HDR with real brackets was ages ago I decided to take a shot – or 9 in my case. Magic lantern also writes this little shell script for enfuse on the card, which is of no direct use for me (because it is Linux), but of indirect: You know which pictures are part of your series.

Now comes the fun part: Our PC is broken and the only thing left is a netbook. Photoshop Elements crashed on a regular basis when trying to stitch together the exposures. So I thought: Time to enfuse again. Because I am lazy, I downloaded a GUI for Enfuse. This makes things much easier. The machine was still working for ages, but did not hang. Still, the result was nice, but also a little bit dull:

enfused HDR Schwedenbrücke

But I loved the strange ghosting of the ship on the channel.

The only thing which was nearly annoying me was the high level of detail, so I thought I try this one in a very dramatic black and white. I used photoshop for a stylemapping from an older highly dramatic black and whites and there it was: Full of energy, dramatic and nearly apocalyptic.

Stuttering or warping?

UPDATE: I nearly forgot to tell you that there are also some plugins for lightroom if you want to try enfuse from within adobe.

Time lapse with magic lantern and Canon EOS 60D – first fails

I finally made it: I managed to get the magic lantern run on my Canon EOS 60D.  Magic Lantern is a firmware extension for Canon EOS cameras which adds extended video functionalities to the camera. And it adds an intervalometer to the camera. So I learned something. Again.

Obviously there is the possibility to create the pictures in a silent mode. This is better than the constant *clack* caused by the mirror. This is called silent picture mode. Too bad, that you do not record the full frame. Sadly I became aware of this after having recorded a footage of 2700 pictures.

Metalman and the Bokeh

The pictures in silent mode have the extension 422. You have to convert them in order to get JPEGs. Please search the Magic Lantern’s wiki for information how to do this. And still. I think I found a possibility too record – why not use life view?

This was a try. But it did not work. There are worse things in life. And I am not speaking about the constant *clack*. This constant *clack* allows me to work on footage which is bigger than Full-HD thus supporting pan and zoom without interpolation.

Or do you have a solution?

The first steps with timelapse and CHDK

I was always fond of time lapses so I thought: Why not make my own?

I wanted to install the CHDK – an extension for Canon point and shoot cameras which makes them learn new tricks – on my Canon Powershot S95 anyway and had the opportunity to play around one evening. After the initial installation and my first try I had the following lessons learned Read more

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