3 Days: In the ADK’s

In 2015 I started doing a lot of 3 day adventures. I did 1000 miles in April as a road trip to Virginia, Assateague Island in Marland and Delaware, I did 3 separate 3 day trips to various Pennsylvania State Parks throughout the summer and then in October I did 9 days planned as 3 segments – 3 days to Acadia National Park,  3 days in Acadia National Park and 3 days from Acadia National Park as a New England road trip.

So far in 2016 I hadn’t done or planned any 3 day trips. The fact that the weather turned this most recent trip into 3 days was a happy accident. Right now you may be wondering why 3 days? Well, it’s just long enough to have time to do a lot and still short enough to cause some urgency… Continue reading

Back Yard Time Lapse

Since I got my Canon T3i I haven’t really been using my camera phone. While sitting out in the back yard the other day I was watching the clouds go by on the horizon and thought… that might look cool in time lapse. So, I pulled out my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, fired up the LapseIt Pro app and did a little time lapse photography… enjoy.

Melting Ice

Finally got my tripod mount for my cell phone today so I could try some more time lapse photography! I bought a spring loaded mount called a PhoneBoat, it cost $20 and is designed for cell phones, iPods or small cameras that don’t have a built in tripod mount.

I’ve been keeping this medium sized plastic bowl in my freezer with, what started as water but obviously turned into a nice chunk of ice just so I could catch a time lapse of it melting… why? Why not?

Watching a Vine

One of my early time lapse experiments, originally the video was over 5 minutes in length (here’s the original uncompressed version)… but to make it easier to watch I compressed the video to 8x the speed or the original video. This is a good example of how far technology has come for time lapse photography. Now, all I need is my smartphone and an app, for this vine experiment I had to set up my laptop with an external webcam pointed out the window. Luckily I had a program to stitch the frames together.

At the time this was done in September 2010, I had to actually manipulate the coding of the program I used to allow a long enough delay (gotta love Linux). I left my laptop and webcam strewn across my kitchen, and had a LED drop-light set up for the night shots. I left it running for 36 hours, taking a total of 1400 photos.