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.

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