Sunday, May 25, 2014

Passing Time [600th Post]

It is here. The 600th post is reached and even though the 500th wasn't too long ago (it was half a year back), so much has happened in the meantime. For this special post, I wanted to do something that I have never done before: timelapse photography.

Having been recently inspired by some timelapse photography that Adrian did on his blog, he put me in the right direction and linked me to some timelapse tutorials. (Thanks Adrian!) So I really had to try it out.

It's also a fitting photography theme for this type of post. What timelapse photography means is that you shoot lots of images, sequentially, of one scene, and later on you put them together to create movement and show the passing time.

click on the images for a bigger view

I shot these images on the hills above Mostar, where I recently made the "Above the City" Series. I drove back up there and stood in freezing weather (some rain was falling as well), in order to get the images. I knew that these dramatic clouds would be perfect for a timelapse shoot.


I shot the sequence over the course of half an hour, and took almost 500 RAW images. It was then edited in Adobe's Camera Raw and Photoshop CC, and then moved to Adobe After Effects CS6 for effects and pans, and then to Adobe Premiere CS6 to edit and export the video.


Without further delay, here is the finished video. I advise you to watch it in Full HD and Full Screen, so that you can see all the details. Enjoy!


Thank you all for sticking around with me. I am so grateful for all your visits and support, and the community that has formed here.

Let me know in the comments if you liked this video, and if you would like to see this again sometime (I thought about doing a longer video as well). 

Other blog milestone posts are:

73 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Mersad...
    Happy 600th!

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  2. HI Mersad Congratulation on your 600th post. I read what you di and then watched the video. It was certainly a lot of work to achieve the video and it worked. What I cannot understand is instead of taken all 50 shots and them putting them together into a moving piece, why not put take the video in the first place? I am probably missing something here as I could not do what you did. Anyhow, hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. It's all about fast speed and movement through time. With this technique you create a very high resolution video, with crisp movement and you can compress a lot of time into a couple of seconds (for example shooting a flower that is coming to bloom). You can't really do that when you shoot video and simply speed it up. Here you take a still image every 3 seconds and then later on you create a video out of it. Hope I could explain.

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    2. HI Mersad Now I understand. it was very kind of you to take the trouble to answer my query. it certainly would be good to see a bud become flower in time lapse or perhaps a dandelion seed head shedding is seed? Anyway, many thanks for you reply.

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    3. Yes that would be all possible! You can find the link to the tutorial I used in the post above.

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    4. Margaret, you can try flowers outside but it would be a real pain. Mersad shoots sRAW so that he can edit in the RAW converter. You need big fast cards and a fast computer. For flowers or seed heads try a shot every thirty seconds or one a minute. My batteries run out after six hours on the Canon 1Ds. I'm thinking of getting an external power supply. You could do it with traffic or people at a 1/4s exposure dragged. If you don't drag or blurr then it will look choppy.
      It's good fun but be prepared to spend £100.00p+ on a fast big memory card. Check your cameras write to card speed. If it's slow you will have to shoot JPEG. 70MB/s is good and get a card twice as fast or you will be sitting about for ages on upload.
      PS. Mersad is really posh he uses After Effects. I don't have that so use CS6 and if necessary Lightworks which does what After Effects does but at minimal cost.

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    5. Thank you Adrian for your detailed reply. I don't know about Lightworks, but After Effects has some great stabilizer plug ins that make the timelapse rock solid. It helped me with mine. Also there is a plug in for After Effects that gets rid of the flicker which is common when shooting timelapse landscapes. But as you said, the program is on the pricey side.

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    6. Mersad, you don't want to have anything to do with Lightworks. It is free or almost free I think £100.00p for the full version, free for the one I use. I tried using the RAM render in Blender 3D. No joy . It is good as it will use RAM low resolution fast render. CS6 can't so I have to wait while it Caches or guess. It's disgusting how Adobe can charge.

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  3. Very nice work! My favorite part is the movement of the clouds! Congrats on 600! I've yet to mark a blog milestone - I know I'm over 600, but I guess I've never watched it very closely.

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    1. Thanks Brian. You should definitely mark these milestones. It's a fun way to look back and deconstruct all that has happened in the meantime.

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  4. Awesome vistas! Happy 600th!

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  5. Absolutely AMAZING... love it... and yes to more....

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  6. Congratulations on your 600th post! Timelapse photography is new to me. You have a challenging spirit with new things. I enjoyed the ever-changing clouds and the flickers on the city below created by light and shadow in the movement of the clouds.

    Yoko

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    1. The flicker is actually something I'll have to work on in the next timelapse, but it did work out somehow. Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. love the cloud movement - and the flock of sheep? :)

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    1. Yes, you can see the sheep as well as the sheppard. :)

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  8. Congrats on your 600th post! Enjoyed the video - very cool.

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  9. I liked the way ope wispy cloud flew past the others. Amazing piece of work. I admire your patience as well as the outcome of your efforts. Congratulations on your 600th post.

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    1. Thanks Valerie for stopping by.

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  10. What a wonderful video, Mersad!! Congratulations on your 600th post! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of your world with us!! Looking forward to more!!

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  11. Very cool, Mersad! You did a great job with this video. Really love the clouds moving along.

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  12. I agree with Laura! Wonderful post!

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  13. Congratulations on your 600th post, and on trying something new. Your time lapse photography looks great. Love the movement of the flocks of sheep working their way across the fields. Thank you for your explanation of the process.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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  14. Excellent, good fun isn't it.

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    1. It really was. I was very pleased with the results and the whole process.

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    2. Mersad, don't worry about the flickering of light. If it bothers you then go through the frames and cut on the light ones and drop the light . I have tried to use brightness and contrast filter but it just takes too many hours. I went through frame by frame till it went dark. Leave the time line cursor at the end and drop the adjustment layer in or you can create a new video layer for the light bits. It gets very complicated. I run out of screen space and forget which bits are what. I will start naming layers.....one day. If this was your first go then it is brilliant.

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  15. Hi Mersad. I'm so glad I came on board just in time for your 600th post. That was really neat. Was that sheep that looked like they were running across the hillside. It's a beautiful area.

    Felicia

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    1. Yes, those were sheeps. Thank you for visiting.

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  16. How very beautiful! I so enjoy your posts. Sorry I'm only able to get in here every week, now, though, when we are in US ports. Life at sea is quite nice, but I sure do miss my high speed Internet connection!

    All the very best,
    Lois

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    1. That's ok. Thanks for commenting on this special occasion!

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  17. Congratulations on your 600th post! The picture is really beautiful! I must say...when I saw the little thumbnail photo of you, I thought for a minute that Bobby Flay had commented to me!

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    1. I had to look him up.... :D

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  18. Wow, beautiful seeing the clouds moving. Your photography is just wonderful.. Well done and congrats on your 600th post. Have a happy week!

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  19. If I didn't read your explanation before watching the video, I would have thought it was a simple video. The transition from one frame to the next is extremely smooth. I can't imagine how long it took you to accomplish it. Well done, Mersad! And congrats on your 600th post. BTW, you should teach photography. Your explanation is very easy to understand. Christa

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    1. Not sure that I should teach it (or can), but I love sharing tips and tricks and what I do. :D Thank you so much Christa for visiting.

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  20. Happy 600th post!

    Nicely done on the time lapse sequence, love to see more of your time lapse video!

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    1. I will try to make it happen soon!

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  21. You are very creative....not only in photo skills, but to make a video with time lapse...outstanding work!! Well done.

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  22. Congratulations Mersad on your 600th post!

    I like your photography and I like how you sometimes teach us editing. I got finally Photoshop CS6. Happy to learn all you editing advice.!

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    1. Good luck with the new editing software, I would like to do more tutorials, but they are very time consuming, and I don't get to do it as often as I would like to.

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  23. Loved the video Mersad so hard to believe it was your first one, looks very professional indeed! Yes definitely do more! Huge congrats on the 600th milestone, see you at the 700th :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I was amazed at how good it turned out for my first try. This combination of software can churn out powerful stuff!

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  24. There's always so much to learn in photography, and it's so enjoyable. You chose a beautiful spot to film.

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  25. I loved it! Yes! Do a longer version when you can. Loved visiting a few of your other milestone posts as well. So, if I scanned a damaged photo to you, you could repair it and then what would the return be...mail, email etc? I'm not real computer savvy, but I love the idea of not having to send the actual photograph to some studio to have it repaired!

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    1. Hi Marie. That was something i gifted to people, back on my 350th post. I don't really do it as a regular thing. But if you want you can contact me through my e-mail (it's in the "about me" section of the blog), and I'll see what I can do.

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  26. Happy 600th, I meant to say. :-) I'm coming up on 500....have been blogging for almost 8 years though! :-)

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  27. I am glad you are in blogging business! Yours is a very worthwhile blog. I love the images!

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    1. Thank you Sandy. So glad you enjoy the blog. I put a lot of effort into it.

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  28. You are quite the busy blogger! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. I try my best :)

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  29. That is really amazing! I mostly appreciate the flowing water on the grass, so lovely. I have heard and seen it but didn't know that doing it needs a lot of editing applications, which I am so dumb to do! haha. Thanks so much.

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    1. You don't need to feel that way at all. Editing software is only a tool. If you can't work with it, make use of something else. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

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  30. What a fabulous video! I really enjoyed the movement of the clouds. Well done, and happy 600th post!

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  31. Congrats on your 600th post. Enjoyed the time-lapse footage.

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  32. Fascinating!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  33. Congrats on your milestone.

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  34. Nice job.
    What place is this?

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    1. Hills near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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  35. You made the video out of stills? Amazing detail and I do love the time lapse.. Really well done. Congratulations on your 600th post..I hope you keep blogging for a long time... Michelle from Nature Notes..

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    1. Thank you so much., I hope to continue as long as possible :)

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  36. Congratulations, the video looks like a hard work with great results.

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    1. Thanks Christian. There was a lot of setting up involved I must say.

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  37. Well done! No doubt we'll be seeing the 700th post soon!

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    1. I sure hope so. Thank you Sarah.

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  38. Wow! The time lapse just blows me away! And the music was perfect for it too. Congratulations on your 600th post. I think I am at just under 400.

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