Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mount Rushmore time lapses

I liked the time lapse idea so much I tried it again, this time at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.


The individual frames are shot 5 seconds apart again and compressed with video software. (Except for the car coming through the tunnel - that was 1/2000 shutter speed on continuous high burst.)

I struggled for three days to get the software to produce a smoother movie with nice transitions and a fade to black at the end, but lost the battle. I decided to be happy with what I've got.

Time lapses are interesting and I think with some more perfecting could be really fun.

9 comments:

lsdavis0 said...

Chad, how many miles do you drive annually for your job. I can only wish that I could travel and photograph half as much as you do!

Do you need an assistant? ;>)

lsdavis0 said...

BTW, I'm inspired now to try some time lapse movies. i just ordered a remote shutter release with a timer!

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks Larry. Sorry, but I've got an intern already and she's been very good.

You know, I've never kept track of how many miles I drive in a year. It's quite a bit as you can tell from my pictures. I was in the Hills last weekend and will be again next week. I'll also hit Watertown, DeSmet and Sturgis in the next few weeks.

Good luck with the time lapses!

patty said...

Your times lapses are really neat...gonna have to try that sometime. Will you be in the Hills for the Sturgis Rally? We had planned to go out to the Hills that week but forgot about the rally. Now not sure.........

Chad Coppess said...

I'm planning to hit just Tuesday of the Rally. I used to work for the newspaper in Sturgis and had a good time covering the entire week, but one day is about all I can handle any more.

patty said...

Would you think that the Badlands/Wall area would have alot of bikers during Sturgis Week or would you expect them to stay more in the Black Hills area? At this point, that looks like the only week we can be gone...Want to photograph wildlife in the Badlands, etc. Would appreciate your opinion. Thanks.

Chad Coppess said...

Unfortunately if you don't want to see that many bikers, anywhere in western South Dakota isn't the place to be during that week. The Wall and Badlands area will be somewhat less congested than the main part of the Black Hills, but there will still be plenty of them there.

For wildlife in the Badlands you might try sticking to the more remote areas of the park such as along the Sage Creek Rim Road or the south unit. Map here - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_badlands_nationalpark.png

Good luck!

patty said...

OK, thanks, Chad. I was kind of afraid of that. Its not that we dislike bikes, just didnt think that many of them might mix well with seeing/photographing wildlife. Maybe we can come up with another time to go..
Thanks alot...also wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your website.

Chad Coppess said...

I know exactly what you mean. I don't dislike the bikers at all, but for that week you better want to shoot them, because that's pretty much what you are going to see in a large radius around Sturgis.

Glad you are enjoying the site. I'll keep working on making it better.