Timelapse – Project 52 #36

Tried my hand at some “Timelapse” photography recently, taking a series of photos from the same position over a period of time. This flower is a poppy I think, I got numerous plants form a tidy towns colleague a few months ago not knowing what I got. This flower used to open up in the morning and close at night-time, but to get it at the right time was a challenge!

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Photo: f/4.5, 1/20 sec, ISO-400, @ 50 mm.

After a day or two watching and planning I set up the tripod in the conservatory one morning with the camera set up.

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Photo: f/4.2, 1/40 sec, ISO-100, @48 mm.

For each shot I used spot focusing and spot metering. I did not need flash as there was plenty of light which was also diffused through the tinted roof of the conservatory.

timelapse photography

Photo: f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-100, @ 50 mm.

For each shot I recomposed and focused on the center of the flower. I used my “fast”  f/2.8 for these shots but I kept at the 50 mm long end as even at f/4.5 I was still getting a shallow depth of field which I wanted.

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Photo: f/3.5, 1/500 sec, ISO-400, @ 34 mm.

As I learned when fully open its very fragile and the least air movement moves the petals! I used my lens on the long end so I could keep the tripod far enough away and I also used the ten second timer. In the last photo above you can also see a flower not yet opened. The time between photos was between 45 minutes and an hour, about 3 hours overall! I’ll have to wait until next year again as after these shots were taken the head fell off!

Michael Maye

Following Mayo football all around Ireland and halfway around the world. Been known to take the odd match photo sometimes! P.R.O. of Swinford Tidy Towns & committee member since 2004. I also admin on MayoClub51.com. Member of Swinford camera Club since 2009 and current P.R.O.

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