Here Comes the Sun!

Below is my second time-lapse video. (First effort was a New Year’s Day sunrise over Tampa Bay.)

Took me three early morning attempts out at Ft. DeSoto Park to get this one. (Well, not counting a handful of foggy mornings when I got up and peeked outside, then jumped back in bed.)

First time, too windy for my tripod. Second time, over 300 images were out of focus. (Hey, man – like, it was too dark to see the camera buttons! What! I was expected to have a flashlight with me?)

Third time’s a charm, hopefully.

Actually, there’s still some distracting flicker from frame to frame and thus it’s not professional quality yet.  Controlling exposure is a nightmare when lighting goes from pitch black to blinding sun. You can’t readjust your settings once the sequence starts because the camera is on auto pilot shooting images every few seconds. In fact, capturing a stunning sunrise or sunset is so difficult, even for the pros, that it is referred to as the “holy grail” of time-lapse photography.

That means there are no guarantees, and to be successful you better start praying. 😦

578 images compressed into 20 seconds

[Richie Havens, “Here Comes the Sun“]

Fujifilm Xt-2

f/4.0      ISO 400

Shutter speeds range from 2.3 sec to 1/1000 sec

[processed in Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro]

🙂 🙂 🙂

5 Replies to “Here Comes the Sun!”

  1. Hey Oops … You might not have the Holy Grail in your mitts … yet … but you sure got one helluva wine goblet here! Enjoyed it … keep on keeping on … HUSS


  2. Many memories of Ft DeSoto but never got to see the Sunrise- this is really well done! Congrats


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