Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Vivid Time Lapse and a few Images

A Vivid icon in front of an even larger icon.
Queue of people waiting to pass through a Vivid light display.
Five bracketed frames processed using Aurora HDR Pro
Photo hopefuls in a cathedral of light, packed with about 150 other photo hopefuls...
Five frame HDR of the Opera House just as the light fades to black in the sky
Long exposures end to smooth out rough water (20secs) and blur moving people so much they (almost) disappear into the background...

One problem when shooting at night at Vivid is that the colours change fairly quickly so, if you are shooting long exposures, the colours blend together to produce white light.
Results can be disappointing.
Shooting at high ISO (i.e. 3200) captures the colours OK but without the smooth water effect you typically get with long exposures.
Fill the frame with colour As there were 150 people standing around trying to the get best shot ever of this amazing cathedral of light, one way to separate yourself from the herd is to zoom.
Set camera on tripod, ISO 400 or so to give a long shutter speed (i.e. 2-10 secs).
Before you press the shutter button, start rotating the zoom ring (starting at a zoomed right in position) then press the shutter and keep zooming. If you start shooting then zoom, you'd be unlikely to get straight zoom lines. Not a big deal but straight lines can make the result look more precise, with more visual strength.

Here's a short sample of timelapse from Vivid the other night. Below that are two tutorials on how to assemble the time lapse frames using free software for Mac and PC...

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