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GordonH

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  1. Next month, the Herefordshire Astronomical Society is holding a public open day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. I have been invited to do a couple of talks on astrophotography and time lapse imaging. As part of the time lapse talk I have put together a video of my time lapse clips, animated star trails and holy grail time lapses that I have taken over the last 3 years. I have done a few calculations and the movie which lasts about 21 minutes was shot using over 31,000 images taken over a total period of 11 full 24 hour days which is then condensed into a total of 21 minutes. The time lapses were shot at several locations including Hereford Eardisley Hergest Ridge, Kington British Camp, Malvern Hills Grwyn Fawr Reservoir, Brecon Beacons National Park Nidd Gorge, Harrogate Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire Fewston Reservoir, North Yorkshire Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales Thornwick Bay, Yorkshire Coast The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-aIRT5jTvQ&t=146s
  2. Last week I went to a place called Thornwick Bay in Flamborough on the East Yorkshire Coast to shoot some time lapse and star trails. It wasn't the perfect night for it although the sky was clear as the moon was quite bright and high in the sky for the whole night. I set up two cameras, my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens to do a Holy Grail Time lapse and my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens to do an ordinary time lapse and some star trails. I set both tripods up about 15 yards further in than the tide would go (worked out by deposited seaweed on the shore). I had a few people who showed interest and asked about what I was doing and there was also a couple of families out of camera shot on the right of the beach having a BBQ, they packed up just as the sun was sinking behind the cliff tops when it got quite chilly. Due to the moon being quite bright I had to use a much lower ISO than normal and even with this it looked as though the beach was bathed in sunlight even though it was midnight. Out of all the data I have done a selfie, a star trail image an animated star trail video, a normal time lapse and a holy grail time lapse so I still managed to get a fair bit done in the 4 hours of darkness. I have incorporated all this in the video clip below which can be seen in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEqUYNyVVmg
  3. On Tuesday of this week I spent the whole night up by Gayle Beck Lodge near Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales shooting some time lapse clips and single shot frames. The lodge is an old ruined hunting lodge which sadly has fallen into a very dilapidated condition, but it has a history behind it which can be found by entering it on Google. While I was there (from 3:30pm Tuesday to 8am Wednesday) I shot a "Holy Grail" time lapse with my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens and my Timelapse+ view. Over 2,000 images were taken with exposures ranging from 1/6400 second at f1.4 and ISO 100 to 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 1250, while doing this a motorised pan and tilt head was moving the camera. With my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens I shot some static time lapses, selfies and just to be a bit different I was experimenting with a lens ball! (this can be seen in the clip below). Exposures for these were all 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 6400. The only downside to the trip was that I didn't realise just how many cars use that road and there are quite a few headlight flashes but it just adds to what I experienced during the night. I will be having another go with the lens ball but hopefully away from so much traffic The full video which includes all the clips plus some still frames can be seen at the following link, it is in HD and 4K and does look better on a larger screen Best wishes Gordon
  4. I stayed all night, I had a bed roll on a ground sheet underneath the one arch which is where I lay on and dozed while the cameras were shooting. I wear a down suit to stay warm Best wishes Gordon
  5. "A night under the arches" I went back to Ribblehead Viaduct last night to shoot some time lapse, animated star trails and some slightly different views of the viaduct, I didn't attempt any Holy Grail time lapse as I only had time to be there for the hours of darkness. It was clouded over and very windy when I got there but an hour later the skies started to clear and it stayed that way for the night. Apart from the noise the odd train, the wind and the continual dripping noise from a drainpipe on one of the arches it was very peaceful, it's one of my favourite places to go at the moment. I took my Sony A7iii and A7Sii with a Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye and 24mm f1.4 lenses. In all I took about 2,000 images from which I made 4 time lapse clips and 4 animated star trails as well as the single frame and 5 frame panorama images below. The exposure times were 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 6400 for the A7Sii and 12mm lens and 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 4000 for the A7iii and 24mm f1.4 lens. The moon rose at about 2am and created some wonderful lighting effects in two of the clips making it look almost like daylight with the long exposures. All the puddles started freezing over in the early hours but thanks to my down suit I was nice and warm, the biggest problem I had was stopping my ground sheet and bed roll from blowing away, after the third retrieval I weighted it down with my hiking trailer and spare tripod. The images were processed in Adobe Lightroom and rendered to video in Premier Pro while the animated star trails were created using Starstax and Premier Pro. The time lapse video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K. I used a wireless intervalometer to take the "selfies" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3qFFRhLcIY&t=5s Best wishes Gordon
  6. Definitely not! I had one go at fishing many years ago and was bored to tears, I would much rather watch paint dry...…….or sit about all night waiting for a time lapse to finish?
  7. Hi Paul I'm using gear from Dynamic Perception which can be used altogether as a slider with pan/tilt head or you can use just the slider or just the pan/tilt head. Cable management is always a potential problem, luckily Dynamic Perception provide velcro fastening straps which can be used to keep all the cables out of the way. My slider can also be used on a slant or even vertically if needed. It isn't cheap but it is a quality product and works seamlessly with the intervalometer for Holy Grail time lapses Best wishes Gordon
  8. Hi Paul I use a dew heater strap and 26,000maH battery that I got off Amazon, one battery is enough to keep the strap going all night. I have one strap for each lens and four of the batteries as I use two of the batteries to help keep the cameras going as well Best wishes Gordon
  9. I spent yesterday afternoon and all night at Fewston Reservoir in North Yorkshire shooting a Holy Grail time lapse, some star time lapse and star trail images. I used my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens and Dynamic Perception slider gear with my Timelapse+ view intervalometer for the Holy Grail time lapse and my Sony A7iii and Samyang 12mm f2.8 fisheye lens for the other work. The drone footage was shot with my Mavic Air. It was quite cold and within a few hours there was a thick layer of frost on my bags and the slider rails had ice on them by the morning but it carried on working ok. Altogether I took over 3,500 images with exposures ranging from 1/8000 second at f1.4 and ISO 100 to 30 seconds at f2.8 at ISO 6400. A friend of mine Simon Bennett mentioned about Comet 46P being in the sky and I didn't think I would catch it with a fisheye lens, but if you check very carefully in the third clip where Orion is already in the sky there is a very faint smudge in exactly the spot where Simon showed me so it looks like I managed to catch it, it is very faint though so it is difficult to see. I carried all my gear in my Benpacker hiking trailer. I processed all the data using a combination of Lightroom, Premier Pro, Photoshop and Starstax. The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K, as I've only just uploaded it the 4K version may not be available yet but it will later on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBAb5-dTD4&feature=youtu.be
  10. I spent the night at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire shooting another "Holy Grail" time lapse (day to night to day). Although it is a lovely area to shoot from scenery wise, it wasn't as dark as I was hoping and there was a fair bit of light pollution from Harrogate and the skies were a bit milky so the milky way didn't show that well, to top it all I accidentally tripped over one of the tripod legs when I was checking on batteries so there is a jolt in the time lapse. I've also included a couple of stills taken with my Fuji GFX50S and some drone footage from the morning taken with my Mavic Air. I used my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens on a Dynamic Perception slider and Pan and tilt head. In all I took about 2,200 images for the time lapse. The video can be seen at the link below in HD and 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zwrkua_AfM
  11. Yes, I suspect it is, it's not visible to the naked eye though, but i feel it adds something to the overall atmosphere of the image
  12. A few days ago I did a 12 hour day to night to day time lapse at Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, in all I took 1,830 images. Below is one of the images which I've processed separately in Lightroom and Photoshop to show some of the clear sky and Milky Way showing through the clouds at the Viaduct. The exposure for this particular image was 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 6400 with my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 This image was taken at 11:48pm and is image number 772 out of the 1,830 that I took The full video can be seen at the following link and this image comes just before half way of the actual time lapse clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmFglty2XT8
  13. The moon does have an effect but there is also a setting on the Timelapse+ view intervalometer that I've been playing with, it is an exposure adjustment for night time compared to day and the default setting is -1 stop so the night exposures are automatically 1 stop less than day to ensure that the sky is noticeably darker, I had it set to -1/3 stop so I might try the default setting of -1 stop next time, I could also darken the sky by adjusting the processing on the night time key frames. It's all in the experimental stage at the moment as this is the first time I've tried doing "Holy Grail" time lapses Best wishes Gordon
  14. Actually, the milky way is visible you can make it out behind some clouds as it moves towards the right of the frame and then it disappears to the right, it's just after the 40 second mark
  15. I spent last night at Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales shooting another "Holy Grail" time lapse, this time I wanted to go all the way and shoot a time lapse that went from day to night and then back to day again. The weather forecast wasn't brilliant but sometimes you've just got to go out and do it and hope for the best. Although the majority of the night was cloud bound there were a few short clear spells and I managed to get the milky way crossing the sky albeit behind some clouds. I started at about 7pm (an hour before sunset) and finished at 7am (an hour after sunrise). I used my Sony A7Sii and Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens, my Dynamic Perception slider with Sapphire Pro pan and tilt head and NMX pro controller for the camera movement and my Timelapse+ view intervalometer for handling the ramping of the exposures needed during the night. As mentioned on a previous post you programme the camera movement into the NMX controller via a blue tooth phone app and then after taking a correctly exposed image at ISO 100 and f1.4 you set a few parameters into the intervalometer such as longest exposure and highest ISO and then the intervalometer makes the necessary exposure adjustments during the night and also moves the slider after each exposure so apart from periodically checking on batteries, cables, etc it is nicely automated, any flickering from the exposure changes is handled using a plug in for Lightroom from Timelapse+. In all I took 1,830 images with exposures ranging from 1/2500 of a second at f1.4 and ISO 100 to 20 seconds at f1.4 and ISO 6400. That is over 21 stops of exposure difference during the night and each exposure change is made in 1/3 stop increments so the intervalometer has a fairly busy time during the night. During the night the moon came up which added a bit of extra illumination to the landscape. Hope you like it, the video can be seen at the link below and is available in 4K https://youtube.com/watch?v=dmFglty2XT8&t=11s Best wishes Gordon
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