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My very first time lapse video
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Today I created my very first time lapse video!

JULY 7, 2011.  I have been thinking for a while that I wanted to try shooting some moving pictures to accompany my music on screen and on stage. Last week in New York I took the leap and purchased a Canon 60D. Now I'm ready to start cranking out some visuals!

Nydalen_hipstashot_1 Inspired by terrific time lapse photographers like Tom Lowe, Philip Bloom and TSO, I decided to give it a go. Time lapse requires a somewhat different mindset than filming video and shooting stills, and it probably takes a while to getting used to. Nevertheless, I had great fun with this little experiment and I'm looking forward to doing more.

I started by finding a nice spot here in Oslo with some water and clouds rolling by. I set up the 60D on a tripod and hooked it up to my MacBook Pro via USB. The Canon comes with a software that allows you to remote trigger time lapse sequences. I took a few sample shots and dialed in some (more or less wild guess) settings. I used a Sigma 10-22mm wide-angle lens.

The photos were stored as high quality JPEGs, one shot every 10 seconds. Now, time lapse photography requires a relatively simple setup, but a LOT of waiting. I kept the camera going for 40 minutes, which gave me 10 seconds of video at 24 frames per second.

Nydalen_hipstashot_2 I returned home, opened the image sequence in Quicktime Pro and created a video file that I imported into Final Cut Pro. I played around with playback speeds and ended up slowing the clip down to about 40% which resulted in a 25 second sequence. I did a little color grading experiment, duplicated the clip and reversed the second bit.

Finally I added some music - just a little piece I wrote. The result is not spectacular by any means, but I had great fun with it and I'm definitely going to do more!

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On stage: Kjersti Vatnan Ekman (vocals/flute), Thomas Haakonsen (vocals/acoustic guitar), Trym Bjønnes (vocals/didgeridoo/duduk), Thomas Wicklund-Larsen (vocals), Birgit Nerheim (violin), Csilla Szabo-Eri (violin), Line Haukland (cello), Silje Karlsen (vocals/keyboards), Jostein Austvik (drums), Alex Braathen (percussion/vocals), Goran Obad (electric guitar/oud/tambura), Sondre Sandhaug (bass) and Jonas Kroon (keyboards).

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On stage: Kjersti Vatnan Ekman (vocals/flute), Thomas Haakonsen (vocals/acoustic guitar), Trym Bjønnes (vocals/didgeridoo/duduk), Thomas Wicklund-Larsen (vocals), Birgit Nerheim (violin), Csilla Szabo-Eri (violin), Line Haukland (cello), Silje Karlsen (vocals/keyboards), Jostein Austvik (drums), Alex Braathen (percussion/vocals), Goran Obad (electric guitar/oud/tambura), Sondre Sandhaug (bass) and Jonas Kroon (keyboards).

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