A month ago from today (12/30/2013) I set upon a strange sort of project. Not strange in concept, but strange in motivation.
Every morning heading into and evening leaving from work I'd been fortunate to catch the spectacle of many a sunrise. My primary passion being photography, I considered photographing them every day to share or keep privately to myself, but a curious inclination kicked in - why not do video? Even better, blend the two and create a time lapse series.
I'd never actually pursued time lapse before, and quickly discovered it to be a medium all its own, and one that was particularly trying of one's level of patience. The learning curve was intense, and the time spent on failures sometimes discouraging. But since beginning these time lapses a month ago, I've come to respect and grown rather fond of time lapse as a new medium to pursue all its own.
I set the goal for myself early on to produce some length of assembled time lapse footage by the year's end. Granted, that was prior to experiencing the learning curve associated. Daily attempts saw the quality of my footage get better and better to the point where segments shot previously suddenly appalled my sense of aesthetic.
Now, granted, the work of the masters is clearly beyond even my current best, but even a novice can recognize the change of progress. However, in eagerness to achieve my self-prescribed goal, I'm publishing this video at bare minimum to showcase progress in a new medium. Call it validation of much time spent on an abstract goal.
All footage was shot on a Nikon V1 utilizing its built-in interval timer. Originally I assembled footage from small JPG files but quickly graduated to RAW processed segments of much higher quality. I've yet to appropriate proper video editing software to produce cleaner end results, thus this video was (rather poorly) assembled in WMM. The medium of video production is one I've yet to genuinely approach or attempt to master.
So this is it, this is the product (sans a good 1:00 of footage culled from the crop) of a single month learning and immersing myself into an amazing new medium, and I hope to some day reach the level of quality and precision executed so flawlessly by the masters. Time lapse is an exercise of patience and stalwart determination like none other. I look forward to facing its challenge in 2014.
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