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Freighters Under Lionsgate At Sunset
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at 23:25:20
This video took a look of work to get. I tried shooting this once before but the clouds were too heavy which lead to a very blah sunset and I misconfigured the camera (ISO was not in automatic) which lead to a variable interval (the clouds speed up).
This sequence is 1064 frames, taken every 8 seconds. I started at 7:51pm at f6.3, 1/3200 (-2 exposure compensation) and ended at 10:13pm at f4.5, 6 second exposures). It was shot in aperture priority mode.
I was standing on the lions gate bridge which introduces some challenges. First - the bridge has lights and you can see them start to dominate the park lighting in the last 1/3rd of the video. The much bigger problem is that the bridge moves a LOT. The frames have both a vertical translation and rotation element. I used ffmpeg to reduce the motion, but because this image is dominated by the clouds and boats I had to mask out (using a blur) much of the image so that the video stability detect code could find the motion. The code was:
# Gather the source images into a movie:
ffmpeg -framerate 30 -pattern_type glob -i 'DSC_*.jpg' -c:v libx264 LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4

# blur out most of the movie except the cliffs on the left and the mountains on the right
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4 -filter_complex "[0:v]boxblur=50[bg];[0:v]crop=w=1078:h=987:x=0:y=1038[fg];[bg][fg]overlay=0:1038[c];[0:v]crop=w=1125:h=516:x=2114:y=776[fg];[c][fg]overlay=2114:776" -map 0:v blurredVideo.mp4

# Use the blurred video to generate the transform estimates. Because of the minimum constrast requirements, the stability detect can't detect the clouds. ocean or boats.
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i blurredVideo.mp4 -vf vidstabdetect=stepsize=16:shakiness=4:accuracy=15:mincontrast=0.4:show=1 cropVectors.mp4 -f null -

# Use the transform vectors to make the final video.
/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i LionsgateFreightersHg.mp4 -vf "vidstabtransform=input=transforms.trf" -crf 20 LionsgateFreightersStabilized.mp4

There are a few large ships in this timelapse. The first is the Bulk Carrier Kinoura followed by the Island Trader Tank Barge and finally the Bulk Carrier Sunny Hope. There are at least a dozen smaller ships including a police boat.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > May 2021 > Freighters Under Lionsgate At Sunset

Cherry Blossum With City Sunset
Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 16:30:16
This was my second shot at this sunset. I repositioned so I could get the whole tree in the shot rather than just a branch. I didn't bring quite so wide of a lens.

This is 745 frames, Starting at 7:39pm and ending at 9:16pm. I think sunset was about 8:15. The interval was 8 seconds and I shot in aperture priority mode because I finally figured out how to set my camera to limit the longest exposure in A mode until it starts increasing the sensitivity. The photos started at f/8.0, 1/160th of a second at ISO 100 (exposure is set to under exposed by 2 stops) and it ends at f/8.0, 6 seconds, ISO 160 (still under exposed by 2 stops)
I have manually photoshopped out people walking in front of the camera and a few birds.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2021 > Cherry Blossum With City Sunset

Sunset With Cherry Blossom
Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 16:30:16
I started at 7:03pm at f18 at 1/160th of a second (in shutter priority mode) and ended at 625 frames later at 8:47pm at f6.3 and 6 second exposures. The interval was every every 10 seconds. I haven't removed people from this sequence.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2021 > Sunset With Cherry Blossom

Nara Coming Down Hill
Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 22:26:27
This was shot as video that I stabilized and brightened a bit of the shadows after. # Stabilize the image. ffmpeg -i DSC_9888.MOV -ss 0 -to 10 -vf vidstabdetect=stepsize=32:shakiness=10:accuracy=10:result=transform_vectors.trf -f null - ffmpeg -i DSC_9888.MOV -ss 0 -to 10 -c copy -c:v libx264 -vf vidstabtransform=input=transform_vectors.trf -vf "curves=all='0/0 0.094/0.165 0.254/0.282 0.549/0.549 1/1'" -crf 20 NaraComingDownHill3Hg.mp4
Tags: snow
People: Claira, Helen, Nara

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > February 2021 > Nara Coming Down Hill

Granville Street Sunrise
Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 21:45:53
This is one of the first timelapses where I wish I captured a few more frames.

519 frames, starting at 6:28am and running to 7:54. Sunrise was at 7:34am. The interval was 10 seconds - it started at f9, 8 seconds and ended at f22, 0.3 of a second. I didn't get the time down fast enough so some of the frames were at f22 but wanted to be more closed.

You can see some flickers at the start on the right hand side. That is flare from cars on the bridge. There is quite a bit of shaking when buses go over the expansion joints in the bridge - surprisingly that didn't show up.


John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > February 2021 > Granville Street Sunrise

Sunrise On Canda Place
Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 21:36:39
551 frames with a 12 second interval. I started at 6:21am, f10, 10 second exposures and ended at 8:11am, f18, 1/4 second exposures and I don't think I went far enough.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > January 2021 > Sunrise On Canda Place

Rainbow At Pitt Addington Marsh
Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 21:26:09
236 frames. The interval is 1 second making this roughly 30 times faster than real time. It was shot at 34mm. The exposure was f7.1 at 1/200th of a second. Started at 2:42:35PM, finished at 2:46:30PM because people started walking up the blind which caused the building to shake.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > January 2021 > Rainbow At Pitt Addington Marsh

Milky Way From Whytecliff Park
Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 at 01:25:20
90 frames x 30 seconds each is roughly 45 minutes of tripod time. I first started shooting at 13 second exposures and it took me a few minutes to realize my mistake (those frames were discarded). The camera wasn't very level when I shot it (hard to get right when so much of the frame is black) so these images are cropped.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > August 2017 > Milky Way From Whytecliff Park

How To Make Campfire
Monday, December 28th, 2020 at 16:43:37
594 frames, shot f10 1/40th of a second at iso 800 for the whole thing. The photos are taken every 2 seconds so this timelapse runs from 5:47pm to 6:06pm.
People: Claira, Helen, John, Nara

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > Prince Rupert Road Trip > Prince Rupert > How To Make Campfire

Sunset On Fraser Lake
Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at 21:28:22
There is a train on the far side of the lake near the end. This is 366 shots, 15 seconds apart. It started at f18 and 1/100th of a second and dropped down to f5 and 2.5 second exposures.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > Prince Rupert Road Trip > Beaumont Provincial Park > Sunset On Fraser Lake

Sunrise At Jerhicho Pier
Saturday, December 19th, 2020 at 20:02:14
This is 438 Photos taken 11 seconds apart. I started at 6:20am and sunrise was at 7:37am. The previous week I went to Jericho to photograph birds and noticed a great sunrise. This week the sunrise was windy but just ho-hum light. That said, I did see some nice shore birds this week which I didn't see last week. Lens was set to 40mm if it helps.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > October 2020 > Sunrise At Jerhicho Pier

Vancouver From Burrard Dock Pier
Saturday, December 19th, 2020 at 20:01:07
This was shot at 42mm. I took a photo every 10 seconds from 6:28am to 8:18am - 664 frames. Exposure started at f5.6 8 second (under exposed 1 and 2/3rds stops) and ended at f14, 1/50th of a second. I like to under expose and bring it up in post so that I can keep detail in the bright areas.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > October 2020 > Vancouver From Burrard Dock Pier

Chum Salmon In River
Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 22:52:33
Chum Salmon In River
Tags: fish, river
Species: Oncorhynchus keta (chum salmon)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > November 2019 > Chum Salmon In River

Moonrise Over Olympic Village
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 16:38:39
This is a pretty tight crop out of images shot at 28mm.
Photography for this sequence started at 7:42pm and lasted 242 frames (roughly every 8 seconds) until 8:14pm. As the sun fell, the exposure the moon became over exposed.
Exposure started at f8, 1/400th of a second, ISO 400 (under exposed by 2 stops)
Exposure ended at f7.1, 1/13th of second, ISO 400 (under exposed by 2 stops)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2020 > Moonrise Over Olympic Village

Olympic Village Sunset And Moon Rise
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 16:38:39
This is the fill images shot at 28mm.
Photography for this sequence started at 6:59pm and lasted 929 frames (roughly every 8 seconds) until 9:02pm. As the sun fell, the exposure the moon became over exposed.

Exposure started at f22, 1/400th of a second, ISO 400 (under exposed by 2 stops)
Exposure ended at f5.6, 1.3 seconds, ISO 400 (under exposed by 2 stops)

In post, I brighten the image, but keep the whites and highlights down. If you expose correctly, you generally get blown out skies and highlights.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2020 > Olympic Village Sunset And Moon Rise

Sunset At Fishermans Wharf
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 16:38:39
This turned out to be more tricky that I was expecting. This was 998 frames starting at 7:01pm on April 19th (1/400 of a second at f11), ending at 9:14pm (5 second exposure at f5). It was shot at 28mm. The camera is in shutter priority and I drop the shutter time in half again and again as the lighting gets dark.

The tricky part was that I was on a floating dock and I didn't realize at the time, but every time I moved, the dock shifted. I used Fiji to register the images, but my Mac only have enough RAM (16GB) to do 1/3 of the video at a time.


John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2020 > Sunset At Fishermans Wharf

Ferry Wharf At Granville Island
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 16:38:39
This dock is normally quite busy with sea bus customers, but with Covid, that is all shut down. I started taking photos at 7:23pm (1/100 at f20) and ended 621 frames later at 8:46pm (2.5 seconds at f10).
The dock is so large that me walking around didn't change the camera pointing angle.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > April 2020 > Ferry Wharf At Granville Island

Airport From Oak St Bridge
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 15:52:14
Airport From Oak St Bridge
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > March 2020 > Airport From Oak St Bridge

Robson And English Bay
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 15:52:12
Robson And English Bay
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > March 2020 > Robson And English Bay

Yaletown Sunset
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 15:52:12
Started at 6:54pm on March 15th (Sunday). Finished at 8:25pm. 687 frames, taken roughly 8 seconds apart.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > March 2020 > Yaletown Sunset

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