Zabriskie Pond

Experiments with Time Lapse Photography

Time lapse photography can be wonderful! It’s also time consuming and tricky.

For more than a year I have been running a mission around the local pond.  The final objective will be to put together a short video showing a year at the pond.  I took the first steps towards that this week when I ran tried out some home grown techniques to transition between images in an interesting way.

This started life as a way to calculate a price for a client that has a large landscaping project that they would like captured.  I have a good idea of how long it will take to shoot the necessary images, but needed a way to figure out the amount of time I would spend editing.  To do that I took the videos from the past year and snagged a frame from 12 of them.

This isn’t as precise as shooting stills from a GPS locked location, so the results are far from perfect.  But it did provide the necessary information for the estimate.


For those interested the best method I found was to overlay the two images one over the other in the amazing Davinci Resolve software and then play with making the top image layer more or less opaque.

By doing this over and over again I could see where the images lined up and where they didn’t and then make adjustments such as moving left / right / up / down, or by zooming in and out to change the size.  This is something I would have to do a lot less of with stills!

Having done all that work I figured I might as well turn it into something to be shared.  I hope you like it!


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