Without doubt time-lapse photography is one of the most time consuming cinematographic techniques. Hours, days or moths will take to get 20 seconds or less of usable footage and depending on the complex of the shoot, can involve a good amount of equipment that we must keep in the shooting location all the time.

Here I have a demo of a simple transition technique often used on big budget Natural History series like BBC/Discovery “Planet Earth” and “Life”, made with the Dynamic Perception motion control system, a Canon 400D and standard canon 18-50mm. No matter the camera or MOCO you are using, the technique is the same.

This time-lapse sequence took one week of shooting and similar time on post-production. The camera equipment and time lapse system was on-site the entire week.
The main problems during the shoot were the light changes, wind and snow weight on the trees, this makes the trees and branches move from their original position creating ghosts on the final composition. The ideal situation will be same light conditions on each shot and no wind. I guess this is the price we need to pay working with Nature.
I chose the three best shots and here is the result.

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