time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

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kev777zero
kev777zero Senior Member • Posts: 1,550
time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app
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started playing with the time lapse app recently that I downloaded on my NEX-5R; it makes taking time lapse videos quite easier but the lack of controls like manual focusing or changing apertures make it a little less flexible. Another issue is not being able tochange the exposures as the videos are being taken, as the exposure may change dramatically in situations like sunrise/sunsets. anyways, enjoy!

NEX-5R + Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 fisheye (may need HD + enlarge to see the stars)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwlyu/8397849129/in/photostream



Nex-5r + Zeiss 24mm f/1.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwlyu/8398841614/in/photostream/



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bzx Regular Member • Posts: 216
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

with regards to your sunrise timelapse, have you tried using "Sunrise" theme from the app? it looks like it should adjust shutter speed accordingly.

here's the manual

https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/manual/IS9104-NPIA09014_00-000003/en/index.html

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kev777zero
kev777zero OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,550
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

I did use the sunrise theme, but every shot was based on the settings of the first shot, whether it be exposure, focus area, shutter speeds, etc...

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paul1508 Regular Member • Posts: 402
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

Is there no possibility to set EV to 0 or +1 or anything on the beginning and the camera sets aperture, iso and shutter speed like it pleases?

kev777zero
kev777zero OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,550
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

paul1508 wrote:

Is there no possibility to set EV to 0 or +1 or anything on the beginning and the camera sets aperture, iso and shutter speed like it pleases?

you can set EV at the beginning; what I am saying is that the settings are set in stone after the first shot, so say in a sunrise situation as more and more light comes in the apertures, iso, etc... remain the same, making the scene way overexposed

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Puddleglum
Puddleglum Regular Member • Posts: 259
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app
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Are you certain you used the sunrise setting? The manuals description of it is "Shoots sunrise landscapes in which the brightness and colors change", so it would be really strange if it wasn't re-metering before each shot. Is it possible you had the metering set to something like "spot" that would cause it to not meter correctly?

joel avery
joel avery Senior Member • Posts: 1,686
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

Really like the star shot Kev.

Thanks for sharing!

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bzx Regular Member • Posts: 216
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

Puddleglum wrote:

Are you certain you used the sunrise setting? The manuals description of it is "Shoots sunrise landscapes in which the brightness and colors change", so it would be really strange if it wasn't re-metering before each shot. Is it possible you had the metering set to something like "spot" that would cause it to not meter correctly?

I second that - I would do that experiment again and check results. Otherwise there's something wrong with the app.

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kev777zero
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Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

bzx wrote:

Puddleglum wrote:

Are you certain you used the sunrise setting? The manuals description of it is "Shoots sunrise landscapes in which the brightness and colors change", so it would be really strange if it wasn't re-metering before each shot. Is it possible you had the metering set to something like "spot" that would cause it to not meter correctly?

I second that - I would do that experiment again and check results. Otherwise there's something wrong with the app.

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I set everything back to default settings and it still didn't work. After the first shot the camera does not focus for the next shot, does not change shutter speed or aperture, etc...

I'm not sure if I did something wrong if the app's just like this. but it's still a worthwhile app IMHO regardless. here's a sunset I did today:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwlyu/8409043593/in/photostream

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bzx Regular Member • Posts: 216
Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

I set everything back to default settings and it still didn't work. After the first shot the camera does not focus for the next shot, does not change shutter speed or aperture, etc...

I'm not sure if I did something wrong if the app's just like this. but it's still a worthwhile app IMHO regardless. here's a sunset I did today:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinwlyu/8409043593/in/photostream

The output sure looks great but that lack of shutter speed adjustment is bugging me.. (I don't have a 6 yet, but will be getting one) - was your camera in aperture priority mode when you started the app?   not sure if that even matters as the app might control the mode via its own modes.

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nzmacro
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Re: time lapse of stars and sunrise using the time lapse app

Totally love that first one Kev !!. Clever use of framing. The second one is good as well, but that first time lapse, phew, darn good lighting and exposure and again of course, that framing.

All the best Kev and nice work using that feature.

Danny.

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