Bleedin’ Taters*

 

 

Time Lapsing On The Avon
Time Lapsing On The Avon. The secret to time lapsing is having a comfortable chair to sit in while you wait for the shoot to finish.

Got up at “stupid o’clock” the other morning to try out a new bit of time lapsing equipment. Streuth it was cold, and as I drove down to Monger’s Crossing I mused that the brass monkey would be tucked up at home in bed if he was sensible. A Swedish friend of mine once told me that there’s no such thing as cold weather just poor clothing choices. Well I took Matts’ advice to heart and I had more layers  than an onion.  On reaching the river it was dark and foggy, not the most photogenic conditions, but I thought for the purpose of this test it would be OK.  So I set  up the camera and sat down to wait for it to shoot one frame every twenty seconds for one hour.

 

Time Lapsing On The Avon
The Canon EOS 550d and Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS on the Syrp Genie Mini pan and tilt kit. The observant will have noticed that the camera is held together with gaffer tape.

I tried watching a video on my iPod but it was so cold that the battery ran flat real quick so I thought I’d take a few pictures of my companions on the river bank.

 

Wading On A Winters Morning
Wading On A Winters Morning A yellow billed spoon bill searching for food on a cold and misty morning on the banks of the River Avon. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS5d with Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. Exposure: 1/250 sec, f5.6 at ISO 800.

 

Winter Hunting
A white faced heron wading on the banks of the River Avon on a misty winter’s morning. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS5d with Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. Exposure: 1/250 th sec, f5.6, ISO 800.

As to the time-lapse, well bearing in mind it was just a test to see how it worked, well it was a reasonable first attempt. The only downside was that the camera sensor was filthy and that meant a lot of cloning in Photoshop.

 

 

* English is pretty confusing at the best of times for non native speakers. “Taters in mould” is Cockney rhyming slang for cold.