Friday, October 29, 2010

Timelapse Calculator Preview

So I have been playing with pyQt recently and thought I'd have a go at writing a timelapse calculator. The cool thing about QT based apps is they are cross platform so all design for the UI translates to Windows, Mac and Linux with very little effort. The other cool thing is there is a python binding for QT which is called pyQt so it's pretty easy to learn even for a beginner like myself!

Light Painting Experiment

A friend and I went out the other night to do some timelapse of the stars. While we were out there, we thought we'd try our hand at some light painting.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH1
Lens: 14-140 (Stock Lens)
Music By: Little Scale (re-cut for video)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My First Timelapse

Lucas next to some wild Sturt Desert Pea

My family and I have just returned from a well earned vacation at Leigh Creek. Leigh Creek is coal mining town with a rich history that goes back to the 1800's It's quite a remote town located in the center of South Australia. Beautiful landscapes, especially at the moment due to the drought breaking rainfall that we have had this year. So the place was alive. I will post a slide show soon. While we were there we would go out driving in the bush in the morning and then my pregnant Wife and 2 year old Son would come home for an afternoon sleep. This gave Dad a chance to go out and play with his toys! Timelapse that is... ;)

Here's some stills of the remote trigger I built based on a circuit I found on Instructables for the Lumix GH1.

I used the Open Moco Timelapse Engine v0.82 and Slim v0.12. The code can be downloaded from the Open Moco website. If you are interested in getting into timelapse like me. Here are some use useful links: Open source timelapse software for use with Arduino and various other hardware platforms. I great online community for all things related to timelapse, motion control and slow motion photography. A non-threatening programmable micro-controller aimed and hobbyists and tinkerers.. like me!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Lindy Dolly + Kflop + BFG

Gerald Thompson continues to show us how it's done with his new light weight lindy rig. Driven by his modified kflop board and his own animation software. It may not look all that different to the timelapse dollys out there. But I can assure you it's a big step up from a timelapse rig to a true realtime repeatable system. Can't wait to build one of these myself!