For my second timelapse video (read about the first), I returned to Morne Bruce. This time, however, I went there at night so that I could capture the setting moon. The slim, barely visible quarter moon first caught my eye the night before.
On Saturday night we observed that the moon didn’t set behind the horizon as it frequently would. Instead it got smaller, faded out and eventually disappeared as it descended in the night’s sky. I figured that this would be a good phenomenon to capture… and so there I was, back on The Morne at about 9:10pm on the Sunday night.
Night Timelapse – the grunt work
Night-time photography isn’t more difficult than regular daytime photography, however, simple things (such as focusing) can be tricky due to the absence of light and contrast. On the other hand, apart from focus, I usually find it easy to get a decent looking image at night, and minimal post-editing is required.
For this image, I decided that I wanted the city light to be juxtaposed against the barren night sky, which would allow the moon (as small as it is) to be featured prominently at the top of my image. If I started shooting too early, I wouldn’t be able to fit the moon and the city within the frame and if I started shooting too late, I wouldn’t get enough still images to make a good video.
I got there later than I should have and after a few test shots, I set up the intervalometer of my Nikon DSLR to shoot 150 images at a rate of one image every 1 minute. For those who know a little about digital photography, it is important to note:
- Each image was a long exposure capture at 6 seconds long
- Because it was night time, I was able to get away with an f-stop of 2.8 and still achieve reasonable sharpness throughout each image
Here’s one of the test images, SOOC or straight out of camera (no edits):
Night Timelapse – The Result
I ended up using 134 images from that night’s shoot. The editing process was simpler than the sunset video and I was able to come up with this video very quickly.
Here’s an interesting comparison between my first two timelapse videos: It took me approximately 75 minutes to capture 300 images for the first video. However it took me well over 2 hours to capture 134 images for the second video.
Now that you’ve seen both videos, what are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to hear what you thought!