I recently started playing around with a function on my new camera: time lapse photography.
To create a time lapse piece, I set the camera on a tripod and program it to automatically take an exposure every five seconds for an extended time (up to an hour in most cases). The camera’s processor then compiles the image files into a video that I can edit and share as a movie.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the various settings in different lighting conditions and locations, trying to get angles that capture daily activity around the sanctuary. Like landscape photography and astrophotography, time lapses require trial, error, and patience.
In my limited experience, the simplest approach is to fine-tune the settings and then let the camera’s lens, sensor and processor do their respective jobs without interruption. With luck, the camera delivers a final product that is comparable to (or better than) the piece I imagined in my head. If not, I can scrap the idea entirely or make adjustments and try again.
I hope you all enjoy the results of these preliminary experiments!