An Abstract Time-lapse Experiment

I am currently on a boat… a platform that is wobbly and moving.

So of course one of the first ideas I have is trying to shoot time-lapse.  (I hope you see the foolishness of my ways).

Of course I am stubborn, and I am actually finding that a little stabilization can fix the motion.

Last night I wanted to try an unlikely time-lapse.  Here is the result.

Exposure 10 seconds

Shot Raw at ƒ4.0 and ISO 1600

50mm lens pointed at the skyline of the ocean.  4 AM coming into land.

Import into After Effects as a Camera Raw image sequence

Applied warp stabilzer

Layered with  copy of itself, offset 1 frame and set to 50% opacity and screen blending mode.

Repeat the duplicate and offset technique and set second copy to 25% opacity.

Is this abstract… yep.  But I kinda like it.


About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on December 21, 2011, in Time-lapse, Tutorial. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is really cool, great idea and I really like the end result.