After seeing this amazing timelapse video shot in Yosemite this weekend I wanted to try one myself. Living San Francisco means I have a lots of gorgeous landmarks to choose from but the obvious choice was the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought it would be great to see the fog roll over the Golden Gate Bridge but of course there was no fog this weekend :)
I recently backed Michron on Kickstarter but this was my first time I actually took it out for a spin. Michron makes is super easy to do timelapse photography. The Micron app has a number of presets ranging from shooting cityscapes to clouds. After selecting a preset (or creating your own preset) you upload it to your Michron which then immediately starts shooting your timelapse.
Before you start doing timelapse photography there are a couple of things you need to know. First of all… Timelapse photography takes a loooooong time! Let’s say you take a new photo every 10 seconds (the setting I used in the example below). For a video you need 25 frames per second. That means that for every second of video you need 4 minutes. You also want to make sure you use a tripod on a steady surface (preferably concrete). And lastly (and the one rookie mistake I made) you want to make sure that you put your camera in manual mode.
My first try is far from perfect but I’m still pretty happy with the way it turned out. There’s some fog in the forecast for next weekend and I plan to go out again and try and capture it.