Sunday, 10 October 2010

Virgin No More! How to use time-lapse photography.

Street in Scanno. The House Henri Cartier-Bres...Image via Wikipedia
Welcome to the 16th edition.

I am no longer a time-lapse virgin. You can watch below.
It was fun but did test my patience.The process is much slower than still photography and there are new skills needed. Watching the movement of the shadow at the bottom left of the image was exciting and felt an important step forward in my work. The shadow is cast by a pole supporting a CCTV camera and acts like a sun dial. A sense of time slowly revealed by the camera.The clouds roll smoothly enough but are tame and lack any real interest. The whole thing is to short and I will shoot some more frames later. It is fun to learn new things. If you have a good DSLR you can easily make your own. As stills and moving image cameras continue to merge it is good experience to understand the difference.

Today a student asked who my favorite photographer was. It does depend on my mood. I replied, Cartier-Bresson, who thankfully he had heard of. It was good to get the new photographers talking about a classic photographer. Spreading the Cartier-Bresson message requires constant effort and  I am pleased to supply it.
The image above is a photograph of his house.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
This photograph in Italy is from Cartier-Bresson's book 'Europeans.'
Did you notice where this black and white photograph was taken? Look at the colour photograph again, can you see the steps going to Cartier-Bressons front door to the left of the frame?

"Many people who excel are self-taught." Herb Ritts.

How to use time-lapse photography -


  1. Really interesting. Here's another that I thought was quite good...

  2. Hi there,

    I have tried the link a few times but could not get it to open. Will try again.

    I have had another go at the Bovril ghost sign which I will post in the next couple of days.

    Thanks for your feedback.