One of the things I love about my job is the challenges associated with figuring out how to do a given job. I really like the opportunity to learn new things and try out new techniques. This week was asked to try my hand at time lapse. Now time lapse is not really tough, once you have done a few it as acutally pretty easy. The trick comes in the math, knowing how long you need your video to be, figuring that out to the frame so you know how often you need to take pictures, over the course of how long. For this project I decided I wanted to take it up a notch, so I went to me good friends at RockerDown Studios and borrowed a piece of gear they have, the Alpine Labs Radian. The Radian is a combination intervalometer and pan/tilt head. Basically it allows you to add pans or tilts to your time lapse.
Now this product is AMAZINGLY easy to use. Download the app. Get the app communicating with the device itself, this takes a little trial and error. Program the device and you are off. If you watch the tutorials on their site it’s pretty easy to figure out. Note, they aren’t joking about having the volume up all the way… it really doesn’t work if you don’t. From there the Radian; moves, fires, repeats. The result is a silky smooth pan all they way through your time lapse.
So for this video I used a Canon 7D, with my new favorite wide lens the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. This lens is great for wide angle time lapse and astral photography. I programed the Radian to rotate 110 degrees and take photos every 4 seconds. Here is the semi-raw result. I say semi-raw because I did pan and scan the last shot to remove the gear we stashed to the side that crept into the frame.