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Milky Way Over Pyramid Mountain
Monday, August 2nd, 2021 at 20:33:24
I put the camera out on the dock and left it shooting and went back to bed. The sequence started at 12:08 am and finished at 1:22am for 73 photos. The images are taken every 62 seconds. The exposure is 30 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 800. The camera was set in manual mode so the exposure didn't change.

The mountain is called pyramid mountain.
John Harvey Photo > Milky Way Over Pyramid Mountain

Moonrise Over Trial Islands Lighthouse
Sunday, August 1st, 2021 at 02:22:51
There are a whole bunch of things wrong with how I took this. Exposure was every 2 seconds and this is 100 frames long (3 minutes, 20 seconds). Exposure was f 5.6, 1/320th of a second at ISO 400 which was about 3 stops too faint. The f5.6 was dictated by the long lens setup and the 1/320th of a second was to reduce motion blur.

The biggest problem was the tripod. It was quite windy out (you can see the flag flapping) so the camera was actually blowing quite a bit. All of these frames were aligned by hand from the silhouettes of the house and lighthouse. I have more frames of the moon rising into the night sky, but I can't align them because I have no fixed part of the frame. It was so dark that even fully ramped up, I can't see the light house building.

I was surprised how much the moon is distorted - it isn't round and the face is blurred by changes in air density. I can understand why people usually take pictures of churches in the mountains rather than lighthouses on the horizon.
John Harvey Photo > Moonrise Over Trial Islands Lighthouse

Sunset On Fraser Lake
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 at 22:56:56
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.

Being this far north, the sun doesn't really set so you don't get much of a sunset.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > Prince Rupert Road Trip > Beaumont Provincial Park > Sunset On Fraser Lake

Mount Baker Sunset From Lions Gate
Sunday, June 6th, 2021 at 17:24:01
I started taking photos at 7:52pm at f8, 1/400th of a second, ISO 100. I took 1188 photos until 10:30pm at f8, 6 seconds exposures, ISO 450. The exposure interval was every 8 seconds, ISO is in auto so when the camera hits the exposure limit (I limited it to 6 seconds), ISO goes up.

The lens was set to 44mm.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > May 2021 > Mount Baker Sunset From Lions Gate

Freighters Under Lionsgate At Sunset
Sunday, June 6th, 2021 at 16:45:13
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

Osprey Eating Fish
Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at 17:13:52
The fish was half eaten when the bird arrived - I assume he had a meal before he brought it to the nest.
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > May 2016 > Osprey Eating Fish

Two Osprey On Nest
Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at 17:13:52
The majority of the noise here is a the VR system on the lens.
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2021 to 2005 > May 2016 > Two Osprey On Nest

Rainbow At Pitt Addington Marsh
Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at 17:11:11
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

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

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

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

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