Catching Time-lapse Fever From My iPhone

May 07, 2015

Panoramas  And The iPhone
I am an Apple guy. I have been one since 1987. I even worked for Apple as a creative in 2006-2007. Trained at Cupertino as a Creative and ate and slept Apple. I have professionally helped others be creative with Apple products. Heck, I was there when the iPhone launched in 2007 and happily received my iPhone from Apple. So, I have carried an iPhone with me since its creation.

I really like my iPhone and really, really like it for certain types of photography. One type is panoramic photography.

IMG_0355Panoramic Sky

The image above is a great example of this. Shot on Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara. Using the panorama option I scanned the sky and beach to capture the magnificence of this cloud formation over the Channel Islands. Nice to be able to carry such a powerful imaging device in your pocket on a beach walk. So, this is one way the iPhone shows great promise. 

You can see more of my iPhone panoramic work in my iPhonography portfolio on this site.


iPhone Time-lapse Fun
Recently I had the opportunity to experiment with the iPhone time-lapse function. The result was an inspiration to do more time-lapse work and the creation of a short time-lapse video of folk dancers at a local festival.

The event I photographed was the 2015 Jewish Festival in Santa Barbara, California. The event brought out an eager contingent of folk dancers to the Oak Park dance stage for the Sunday event. As the dancers gathered a DJ began playing Jewish folk music. The video below was the result of about an hour or so of dancing recorded in time-lapse mode on the iPhone.

2015 Jewish FestivalRecorded with an iPhone 5s running the latest iOS. Benro travel tripod and Glif iPhone stabilizer.

Using my tripod and a Glif to stabilize my iPhone I shot several dance sequences. While recording I also noted one of the songs that the DJ was playing for future use in the time-lapse. The song had a set rhythm that increased as the song progressed. This was perfect for the video idea. After an initial edit and some title additions the video was useable as a proof of concept. 

Although the video is fairly rudimentary and rough it does demonstrate the power of the iPhone in capturing time-lapse images. It does it quite differently than DSLR approaches but the effect is fun and makes the video production interesting. 

So, now I have a fever for time-lapse. My iPhone experimentation has inspired what I hope will be more creative work with my DSLR.

I hope you enjoy the folk dancers in my iPhone time-lapse production of the 2015 Jewish Festival.

I enjoyed making it.

CER

 

 


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