I learned quite a bit on this supermoon timelapse of Wisconsin’s Capitol. First of all, I finally have figured out the PhotoPills app. It is incredible, essentially it will tell you exactly when the sun and moon rise or set along with the path and direction it moves across the sky. I used the map to drop pins and see what landmarks I could get to align with the supermoon. It just so happened to work out perfectly to sit on Bascom Hill and watch the moon rise across the state’s capitol.
Next I learned another layer of complexity to the holy grail technique. If you remember, this is when you change settings in your camera such as ISO, aperture, and exposures to adjust for changing light. In this case the light was getting significantly darker, so over time the ISO was boosted and the aperture was made wider. I wanted to make sure not to change the exposure so that there would be no blurring on the edge of the moon. At one point, I noticed that the moon was far too overexposed so I adjusted drastically, thinking I could smooth it out in LRTimelapse. Unfortunately I learned a hard lesson in that the holy grail technique should be changed in small increments of which smooth unnoticeable transitions occur without flicker. By changing the settings drastically I created too large of a gap to correct in post which is where you see the quick change. I can tell you the, next time I wont make that mistake :)!
Thoughts and What’s Next?
Overall this was such a great shoot and yet another learning experience. This week has also been fairly frustrating. With this #TimelapseTuesday project I’m trying my best to push my creativity and not fall into a set style. For a while I was feeling desperate taking timelapses and was struggling with techniques, now my struggles are moving to post-production. I feel that I’m running out of editing styles, tricks, and techniques. For the next few weeks I’m making it a priority to watch more content and look for inspiration. If there is anything that I’ve learned, I can’t think that I’m going to out of the blue come up with creative ideas. I’ve begun to understand that creativity is inspired by many others and when combined it’s morphed into my own.
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