Back in the saddle after a six-month break from shooting, I decided to start with an easy one. This view is a mile or so from my house. There are some technical issues here that prevent my featuring this as a pro clip, but I think it's come out quite well, considering the limitations. The main problem was the lack of options: there's almost literally nowhere else to stand to get a view of this stretch of river. I had a lot of clouds coming over too, which makes it flicker. Annoyingly, the sunset that occurred near the end of the shot was lighting up lots of cloud in a spectacular way... but none of it in the frame! For the shot, I used three filters from LEE: circular polariser, 0.6ND soft for the sky, and the Big Stopper to get the shutter time up. The period was 26s and the exposure time 13s. This was deliberate: I was aiming for a 180 degree shutter angle. I think it worked really nicely on the clouds. The ship that appears at around 0:04 was the Oriana, a large passenger cruise liner. You can see its path winding back and forth as it moves out past Calshot, then back towards Cowes on the Isle of Wight (which is actually visible in the shot). There's also a railway near the foreground, and occasional trains are visible as single-frame blurs!
The biggest issue for me here is the sensor dirt :( I've already had my sensor cleaned once, but I still get this problem. In a time lapse it's the luck of the draw: if the spot is over a static object it can often be removed, but when it's in the sky with clouds passing it's nearly impossible.
Various ships on Southampton Water passing Fawley, including ferries, a couple of vehicle carriers, a dredger and FOUR passenger liners. The liners, in order of appearance, are CELEBRITY ECLIPSE, BRITANNIA, CARIBBEAN PRINCESS and ARCADIA.
The sequence commences at 1:48 a.m. and ends at 6:38 a.m. Yes, I was pretty tired when I got home :)
Music: "Euphoria" by Mike Torr, featuring Chris Alpiar on sax.
This old wreck has been in the river near where I live since I moved in in 2005. I have no idea how old it is, but for quite a while now I've wanted to photograph it. Yesterday there was a stunning sunset in the offing, and I practically ran down the footpath to get there in time and set up. Had I prepared in better time I might have managed a slider shot, but I still like this one. Right at the start you'll see the shadows of the timbers spreading out like fingers as the sun moves behind them. I had hoped this would go on longer, but actually that would have required an almost cloudless sky—and then we wouldn't have been treated to such a glorious display as the one we got!
I'd had my eye on this location for quite a while, so when Easter Monday fell a few weeks after delivery of my Dynamic Perception Stage One slider and Stage R rotary units and I noticed that the weather looked good, I decided to go for it.
It turned out to be the most magical experience. Knowlton church is a Norman church built within the boundary of an ancient earthwork, and is still used occasionally for Pagan ceremonies. This video also features a wishing tree, which was positioned just behind me in this shot. I captured that with my Canon Powershot G15 using AEB and HDR. The main sequence of the church was shot on Sony a77 on the Stage One slider with a Stage R in tilt mode. I focused by placing a head torch next to the church walls and using it as a point source.
Enough technobabble, on to the spiritual things. When I arrived and did a quick scout, the place was covered in frost and the moon was hanging right over the church from my planned vantage point. There was almost total silence apart from occasional pheasant and owl calls, and the distant hum of a milking shed in a nearby farm. I spent an hour setting up, but once I'd managed to do so I was able to have a coffee and enjoy the feeling of peace. This kind of experience is what keeps me feeling sane and alive, and at that moment when I was sipping my coffee I wouldn't have traded places with anyone, no matter what.
Unfortunately, my C camera (GoPro Hero3 Black) stopped capturing its time lapse after about 12 frames, otherwise I'd have some behind-the-scenes footage as well. I did get a few nice stills on the Canon though. See my flickr account: flickr.com/photos/macronencer/sets/72157652169398625/