Time Lapse Photography

We saw, we became mesmerized, and then we ate.

The fourth has passed and we are definitely into summertime mode. This image is one of 646 jpegs I made of the fireworks show at the Rose Bowl. My family spent the evening at a friends home which overlooks the bowl. I shot from this vantage point last year too. But this time I altered the length of time the shutter was open (4 seconds) and the interval of time between exposures (5 seconds). My challenge now is to set the frame rate for the time-lapse movie. So far I have removed 95 frames from my take and I’m still not done.

It takes a bit of time to finesse a time lapse especially when the sequence has already been taken. As you can imagine since there are no second chances with a fireworks show I made an educated guess as to what might work, based on last years shoot. Last year I made an exposure every 2 seconds and although I was able to make a rather smooth movie, it lacked soul. I’m hoping this year I’ve made a more interesting presentation.

Stay tuned, it will be posted soon.

See ya!

Here is the link to the Rose Bowl time-lapse.

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    Peter Duffy July 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Nice shot Mike! For sure.

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    Akitamaya October 3, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    Hi Mike,

    I was checking out books on photography at Amazon.com and stumbled onto your book(latest) which I am ordering. Got onto your blog and found your words and advices for any photographer wannabes very encouraging and enlightening. Good on you Mike, keep up your great work!

    Melbourne, Australia

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    digitalbeast October 3, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks again, there’s more a comin’!

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    jeff.robles@sbcglobal.net November 30, 2009 at 3:02 am #

    Hay you probably dont remember me, but i was in your class a couple of years back. I work at Barnes and Noble in Ventura and saw your upcoming book. Cant wait to check it out!

    -Jeffrey Robles

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    Michael Stern November 30, 2009 at 9:26 am #


    Of course I remember you. How’s life treating you? Are you still interested in a photography career? If so, then my book may be of some help.

    Let me know what you think of my book.

    Thanks for writing.


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