I wanted to do a quick time lapse test trying out different frame rates at a slow shutter speed. I knew I wanted to capture an iconic San Francisco bridge at night but wasn’t quite sure how everything was going to pan out. I coaxed my friend Livia into driving me onto Treasure Island to scout out the perfect time lapse location on the island. All I knew prior was that I needed a clear shot of the traffic on the bridge; I just wasn’t sure how or where this was all going to come together. With a tripod, my Pixel timer remote and GH2 in tow, we circled the area. The trusty iPhone got us to my final destination but there was nowhere to park. I ended up running on the side of the two lane road that takes cars onto the freeway shoulder and almost sprained my ankle in the cowboy boots I so brilliantly decided to wear last night. Once I go to the top of the tunnel where I could see the traffic, I knew I found my spot! I set the tripod and timed 10 second intervals. The shutter speed was at 4 seconds and my f stop was at 7.1. It takes 4 seconds for the shutter to stay open, another 4 seconds to process the image and I left the remaining 2 seconds there as a buffer so the next exposure could be taken without any issues. I did a tutorial on how I create my time lapse videos with QuickTime Pro HERE.
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