"Faux" Time Lapse
Yesterday, I went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with my friend, Deirdre, who was visiting from Washington, DC where she keeps the US Congress of Catholic Bishops in line. We drove up to the park's highest point, Clingman's Dome.
A tad chilly - from the summer-like weather in Pigeon Forge to 53 degrees with a strong, stiff wind. But while there, I noticed the clouds creating shadows across the valleys, which made me think I would like to do a time lapse video. But - no intervalometer on my camera and no desire to stand there hitting the shutter manually.
But I remembered a little trick that a fellow Knoxville photographer stumbled upon, that I will call "faux" time lapse. And it goes like this: shoot HD video at 24 fps (frames per second) but instead of a shutter of 1/50 or 1/60, go nuts - 1/500. Then in post-processing, speed it up - I found 1500% worked well.
And here is what I got:
The high shutter gives that "jitter" you see with time lapse videos, which is a compressed slide show of hundreds, even thousands, of images. Also hides the shake that occurred from the wind buffeting my tripod.
If you are curious about the soundtrack, it is traditional Southern sacred harp singing, also known as shape-note singing. Since they are singing the names of the notes, as opposed to actual words, it has a sort of Cherokee sound to it, appropriate to this area.
Never be afraid to play and try something. I was not sure this would work, but I like the way it came out.