Do you think before shooting?

Started Sep 26, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Martin Setvak
Martin Setvak Contributing Member • Posts: 505
Re: Do you think before shooting? / timelapsing

When timelapsing clouds - yes, in most of the cases I do a sort of "nowcasting" (a meteorological term describing very-short-term forecasts, up to about 2 hours ahead). Estimating ahead what the clouds will do in next minutes or couple of hours, analyzing their slow motion and development before starting the sequence, motion of the Sun, avoiding people stepping in front of the timelapsing camera ... these are some of the "musts" for me. However, some of my best timelapse sequences are just a result of pure improvisation, when something (a storm, cloud wave, ...) began to evolve "without a warning" and I just grabbed one of my cameras, tripod and intervalometer, and with a big deal of luck I managed to capture it ... Probably the best examples of such improvisation are some of my last and this year's storms, some of them just spectacular. But: is it still an "improvisation" if I carry one of my GX100, tripod and some other accessories in my backpack most of the time?

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