I'm slowly learning time-lapse which is far more difficult than it might seem, especially for long exposures at night in order to capture the stars movement - I know it's really the Earth's rotation! :)

For this, I wanted add a light to the shot to see how to manage exposing for the night sky and the lights at the same time. In addition to the streetlight, I added an LED (very dim) at the left corner of the house.

The actual time-lapse segment is only about 10 seconds because I made a lot of mistakes and it took 3 hours to produce a 6 second video clip. I repeated the same clip several times to make it a watchable 38 second video. This was shot in full RAW with the Canon 5D MK2. It took four applications to process the video from start to finish.

1) Adobe Bridge (Camera RAW color corrections)
2) LRTimelapse (De-flicker)
3) Adobe After Effects (Timelapse processing to video file)
4) FCPX (Video editing)
Lens: 16-35 @ 16mm
Exposure: 60 seconds; f9, ISO 640
Interval: One frame every 70 seconds

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