Monday, August 18, 2014

How Did I Shoot That Flying Tilting Time-Lapse?

You are going to do what?
That is usually how the conversation starts.
I am always looking for new ways to get cheap and easy shots with my GoPros.
Especially time-lapse.
I was faced with a several hour cross country flight and instead of embracing boredom,
I decided to try something new.
How about a GoPro flying tilting time-lapse.
It combines one GoLapse panning unit.
One home-made GoPro side mounting frame.
One suction cup.
The results are above, the time-lapses were shot at one frame every 2 seconds.
Check out this video to see how to do a tilting time-lapse on the ground.
Here are some photos that show the setup.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lightning Sounds

I was going to edit some video.
I was planning on gardening.
Mother nature had other plans.
Here in central Florida when tropical weather hits everything stops.
I found myself sitting in the garage watching lightning.
Add a little video camera, rain, and thunder!

I offer you "Lightning Sounds" 
Ten minutes of primitive hide in your cave audio angst.

p.s. there are no actual lightning shots in this video.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Launching A GoPro On A Model Rocket

For years I have wanted to launch a GoPro on a cardboard model rocket.
I finally did it and failed .... kind of.
Here is a link to the video of the launch. click here
And here is a video of how I did the launch. click here

I made one booster rocket and two camera mount noses, photos below.
I cut a square the size of the GoPro out of the tubes.
One looking straight down, the other at a slight angle.
If you watch the video you will see I only used the look down nose.
I underestimated the engine power needs, so I only did three launches.
I will need to build a bigger rocket with a bigger engine to try this again.
I think the camera mount idea will work, it's not perfect but the balance seemed right.
Also using a camera nose allows the camera to be above the parachute and not
below, that is if you can get the rocket high enough to deploy the parachute.
It was a fun and interesting experiment and the GoPro survived!
As I mentioned in the video, if you attempt this please read all safety materials.
Your first priority should always be safety first.
If you can't do it safely, don't do it!

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



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