Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GoLapse DIY Part 5: How To Make A GoPro Time-Lapse Panning Unit

I have a time-lapse addiction.
Love to shoot them, love to watch them.
There is no limit to the money you can spend buying high end
time-lapse motion control gear.
You can also use high end DSLR cameras to shoot your time-lapses.
All of that is great and the results are stunning.
And then there is the GoPro.
A relatively cheap camera that shoots great time-lapses.
For the last several years I have been building panning devices
for my GoPro cameras from scratch.

So? What is a GoLapse?
A GoLapse is a mechanical timer that slowly moves a small camera
as it takes pictures at a regular interval.  When you assemble the
pictures together you get a motion time-lapse.
The GoLapse is dirt cheap to make and creates a great effect.

If your interested in building one of these GoLapses,
I would suggest watching all five videos, each shows
the evolution of the ideas that bring me to part 5.
Click to watch the GoLapse DIY playlist.

Below is the new video, photos of the parts needed and a few
photos of the GoLapse in action.

GoLapse Parts

Cheap Kitchen Timer

 1/4 20 Coupling Nut

 1/2" Piece of 1" Diameter Dowel Rod

 1/2" - 1/4 20 Machine Screw

3/8" - 1/4 20 Set Screw

3 - 5/16" Washers

GoLapse in Action

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Postcards From SnowMageddon

It arrived in the mail in a simple envelop.
A photo CD.

As a photographer I have many cameras.
Too many.
I seem to collect them.
  Often I re-gift them to family or friends in need.
A year or so ago my lovely Mom had a tragic moment and destroyed
a Canon Powershot I had given her years before.
A distraught, and inconsolable call later and she got another
second hand Powershot.

Apparently, she knows how to use it.

Here is a sampling of the photos on the disk.
Edited slightly.

Now if I could just teach her how to upload and e-mail them.

Thanks Mom, love the shots.
It was 80 degrees here in Florida today.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

I was kidnapped and forced to go.
That's my story.
When your wife wants to go to ..... "fill in the blank"
sometimes you just go.
Truth be told, I like a good art show.
Curtis Hixon Park is a great space.
The Riverwalk in Tampa is becoming a great destination.

Here is a time-lapse I shot, (at the bottom of this post)
and a few of my stills.

GoPro shooting under Tampa Museum of Art

Sadly most people probably missed what is left of
Kiley Gardens in the shadow the Sykes building.
My GoPro rig is sitting amid the grass and concrete patterns.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Florida State Fair 2014


My lovely wife insisted.  

Oh the crowds, and there were. Weighed against serious potential photo material.
Frankly the best people watching I've had in years.

She took some long exposure shots of fair rides at night.
I time-lapsed them with a GoPro Hero3 and a GoLapse panning unit.

Here are some of the results.
Click here for my video or go to bottom of post.

For more of my wife's awesome photos check her out on Instagram @sottpa



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Furry Fruit Felon

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh strawberries from your own garden.
The last couple winters I have grown a few earth boxes full of strawberries
 with much success. We have harvested a hand full of berries almost every day.

This year started well and then I noticed that berries were disappearing.
There is nothing more frustrating then watching a perfectly formed berry
start to ripen and then poof! Gone.
One time, bits of berry were left with leaves.

I set up a camera to record the garden in hopes of solving the crime.
It only took one day.
The Furry Fruit Felon has been identified.

The menace.
      A Squirrel with a sweet tooth.         

Here is a video I put together that shows the perpetrator in action.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gasparilla Pyrotechnic Extravaganza

A funny thing happened on the way to shoot fireworks Saturday night,
I ended up in the wrong place that ended up being the right place.
Every year as part of the Gasparilla pirate invasion here in Tampa, there is a
fireworks show on the water after the children's parade.
It's called the Pyrotechnic Extravaganza.

I have been wanting to try out some new gear shooting fireworks,
but I really needed to get close.
I picked my location poorly, and ended up quite a distance from the action.
Fortunately I had brought extra gear and the location was great for another shot.
 The fireworks framed up nicely next to downtown Tampa.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Steadicam Curve First Look

New toy!
I could not help myself with this one, it just looked cool.
And so far it works well.
I think I originally saw this "bit of kit" demoed at NAB.
When I got the chance to pre-order it ....... I jumped, and I never
ever do impulse buys ..... go figure.
The Steadicam Curve is small, light with an elegant design.
Made of aluminum and plastic, its only function is to stablize
GoPro cameras.  As a card carrying addict I was powerless.
Do you need one? Probably .... NOT.  GoPro cameras have a wide angle
lens, almost 180 degree field of view, it hardly needs stabilization.
Then again I do see a ton of wiggly GoPro videos on the net so
maybe there is a need. Here is a first look video.

  I took the new rig on a short staycation
to Lido Key, Florida.  We ran it through several shooting
situations with some fairly good results.  Video below.

I also shot a room tour video with it, including a resort and beach shot.
I think the Curve will be a great tool for anyone using GoPros to shoot
real estate or tour videos.  Wedding photographers will probably
find them useful as well.  Below is the room tour video.


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