Daffodil time lapse

Hannah bought a bunch of daffodils so I decided to take a time-lapse of them opening up. Bonus points if you spot my two cats jumping up on the table! Bad kitties.

The first frame was taken at 5am on the first day and the last frame was taken at 7pm on the second day, with a picture taken every 3 minutes. A few pictures are missing (2pm-5pm on the first day) when the intervalometer did a whoopsie.

I left the light on overnight to allow photography to continue. The artificial light gives the wall behind the daffodils a warmer brown colour. The camera was set to auto white balance but it didn’t do a very good job of fixing it.

The pictures were shot on a Canon EOS 600D with a Canon EF-S 17-85mm lens. It was set to auto exposure to account for the varying brightness throughout the day and night. I set the resolution low and turned off the LCD screen to make the battery last longer. I used a cheap intervalometer to control the shots. I processed the frames on Linux using phatch for batch resizing and mencoder to compile the individual pictures into a video, played back at 15 frames per second.

Next time I think I will leave the light on permanently for the duration of the time lapse to achieve more even results. As the battery lasted much longer than I expected (after 36 hours and 700 frames, it was still only down to about half) I would also increase the capture interval to two minutes between frames. Other than that, I think this was a success 🙂

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