Friday, March 13, 2015

A Pikes Peak Sunrise Time-Lapse Sequence

I rode down to Colorado Springs Wednesday afternoon, hoping to catch a good sunrise with Pikes Peak as the main subject in the background.

It was overcast and gray that evening though, and this is what it looked like:



I awoke early the next morning and rode Scarlett over to a spot I'd previously seen on the ride down from Centennial.

It was a gloriously red sunrise but as I had set up the camera for time-lapse, wasn't able to use it and shoot the colors to the east at the same time.  Here's what my iphone captured of the colors as the sun neared the horizon in the East.

 Here's how my camera was aimed....

 The colors to the East

"The setup"

I was using the time-lapse app that one can download for a small fee from Sony, directly onto the camera.  How things have changed eh?  I didn't mess with the presets for "Sunrise" at all.



The resulting 10 seconds of time-lapse video are the result of 40 minutes of time-lapse shooting.  So, its not something you do at a whim and it does tie up your camera and of course requires a tripod.  The results were OK, I'll get better at it, it would have helped to have clouds moving overhead but what are you going to do right?  

I had the app in the camera set to also capture pictures at the same time it was capturing images for the AVI file it created.  Here's one of the resulting 240 still pictures.


This was my third attempt at a time-lapse video, the first two were sunset attempts and they came out fair but not really worth publishing as I was basically learning how to use the app.  

Hope you liked the time-lapse video.  The app shows promise, assuming of course I learn how to use it correctly and Mother Nature provides the scenery.






7 comments:

SonjaM said...

I'm in awe. I love time-lapse videos.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks SonjaM, the app makes it easy though it appears some tweaking is needed on my part.

Richard M said...

Really nice time lapse! What was the interval?

Charlie6 said...

Thanks RichardM, the time interval is set by the sunrise app to every 10sec, for 240 shots...40 minutes to get 10 secs of video....

bluekat said...

I love the colors on the mountains in that final image. Great time of day (too bad I sleep through it most of the time). 40 minutes for 10 seconds. I love time lapse, but I don't think I have the patience.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Bluekat....the time-lapse duration does tax one's patience.

Kathy Kirkpatrick said...

I think it's fabulous.