Last week I went out on an Urbex trip with some fellow photographers and decided to document part of the shoot with a time lapse video. I’ve played about with time lapse on my mobile using free apps (such as Lapse It) but this time I decided to use my back up DSLR and up the anti so to speak.
The weather has been very variable the last few weeks as we pass through autumn into what I’m sure is going to be a damp cold winter, so I was pleasantly surprised when we managed to get decent weather. The sky was still over cast but that didn’t matter. Our destination was an old abandoned industrial installation with some Nissan huts, now in the process of falling down.
For my part I was looking to test my new remote trigger for the camera and work on some more shots for my ‘Ghost Project’. Up until now I’ve used cable releases and the timer function but I was starting to find that a bit limiting. Not to mention tiring with all the running about that involved. Much easier to simply control the shutter remotely if you need to be 20m from the camera. So my main camera was employed with ghost shots and the ‘back up’ body was on a separate tripod and taking images for a time lapse video.
Once home I used some free software to create the initial video from all the still images and then imported everything over into Movie Maker. Yeah I know it’s a very very basic program but I’ll be honest and admit I didn’t see any point in paying out good money on software if I didn’t enjoy the time lapse process.
The PC did chug a bit during the rendering process but that’s just an excuse for a break and a cuppa. I added a gallery at the end with a few shots from each of us on the shoot, some music and voilà.