How To Build An Automated Weatherproof Timelapse DSLR Machine Using Raspberry Pi


Madis Projects were booked for a challenging time lapse project. They needed to take a time lapse of a construction site for a long duration and their previous project using a gopro was not satisfactory.

They also needed a 15 minutes interval, endless photo storage, remote management and web uploads.

What did they do? They built a lean mean weather proof DSLR time lapse machine using Raspberry Pi.

The basic building blocks were an old D40, a Raspberry Pi board, a rugged explorer case, an Eye-fi card and an old router.

[Read more…]

Gotham City SF Features Entrancing Black And White Footage Of The City By The Bay


Outside of pushing resolution to all new heights, a lot of the techniques being used in timelapse photography at the moment are somewhat stale. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a departure from the norm surface in the vast pool of timelapse videos. Toby Harriman’s Gotham City SF is just that. We’re used to seeing cityscapes and San Francisco, the beautiful town it is, is a frequent muse to photographers. Harriman, however, spent well over a year looking at the city in monochrome from all different perspectives.

And if all that fancy camera work isn’t enough for you, it’s paired with an incredible soundtrack that was composed by a very gifted 14 year old composer by the name of James Everingham[Read more…]

Inventive Video “Lightspeed” Combines Light Painting With Stop Motion Photography


Photographs and animation by Darren Pearson.

It starts out a lot like most timelapses, a sweeping landscape, some cool star trails, a trip to a southern California desert and then BA-BAM! An illuminated skeleton pops up out of the ground and takes us on an adventure through the desert as he morphs into a menagerie of animals right before our eyes–no CGI required.

Lightspeed is photographer, Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin’s), moving creation that combines stop motion photography with his mad light painting skills to create a radiant animation. Lightspeed is the follow up video to his similar stop motion clip, Light Goes On, which you can also watch below, but first, take a look at the artist’s latest work: [Read more…]

This Bioluminescent Forest Wonderland Is The Result Of A Projector And A Computer

Forests are magical places by definition; this is why so many of our childhood stories are situated in them. Bioluminescent Forest takes the magical and makes magical-er.

Using a computer and a powerful projector Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad were able to animate the forest into a vivid and fairy-like existence.

Some more photos, info and BTS after the jump

[Read more…]

This Fist-Size Camera Takes Year Long Unattended Timelapse Movies


Sometimes small projects go out of control. This is what happened to youtuber val3tra. He started a small project to capture low res, low cost, low footprint but long spanning time lapse movies. And what started as a small personal project became a full open-sourced endeavor.

This fist size camera can run for an entire year capturing 48k photos once an hour. The camera itself is an easy build, it’s built around a small jpeg camera available on eBay. It is a small camera at 640×480 resolution, with a 1/3″ sensor. The relatively big sensor allows for reasonable night time shooting.

The full schematics and BOM are available on the project site, and final software should be released soon. It is pretty interesting to look at the numbers coming from the camera:

[Read more…]

Watch ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst’s Timelapse Of Earth Taken From Space in 4K


gerst esa1During a 6-month long Blue Dot Mission aboard the International Space Station, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst took tens of thousands of photos. 12,500 of which were used to create this astonishing timelapse of earth from above. Periodically, Gerst would use an intervalometer to snap photos for him while he worked on other important tasks. Now, a little over a month since he returned to earth, the ESA has released the results of those sessions in the form of an ultra high definition timelapse video.

Viewers are treated to glimpses of earth and space taken from the rare perspective of space. Among some of the beautiful sights in the clip, there will be “auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.” 

[Read more…]

DIYP Reviews the Syrp Genie – All In One Time Lapse Photography Motion Control

syrp genie review, hands on review of the syrp genie, time lapse motion control, diy photography, jp danko

Time lapse photography has recently evolved into a spectacular fusion of the best of still photography and motion film making.

With the growing popularity of time lapse photography, and the increasing complexity that time lapse photographers are integrating into their films, we are seeing a steady stream of truly spectacular time lapse films (many of which we feature here on DIYP on a regular basis).

If you have tried your hand at time lapse photography, sooner or later you will come to realize that while static time lapse film sequences can be fabulous, time lapse films really sing when you add motion.

And that is where the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H) fits in.  The Syrp Genie is a simple, all in one motion control device for time lapse photography and live action films.

We were recently lucky enough to get our hands on a Syrp Genie for review and spent some time testing it out in the field.

Read on for our complete hands on review of the Syrp Genie.

[Read more…]

Witness 100 Years Of Different Hair And Makeup Styles In Just One Minute

Timelapse photography is useful for things other than making moving landscapes and watching fungi grow. It’s also a great way to condense 10 different decades of hair and makeup styles into less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee. Such is the case with the fun little timelapse video project by Cut Video. The clip features Nina Carduner playing the part as the fashionista as she has her hair and makeup done to match the styles that were most popular spanning over the past 100 years–10 generations of looks in total. The hair and makeup part is all timelapse, so you can get a behind the scenes look, but Carduner also poses for each look, allowing the time to really take the look in.

The clip has recently started going viral, so if you haven’t already watched it (or you want to watch it again), there’s no better time than the present… [Read more…]

Awesome Timelapse of North America Made With A Custom 3D Printed Dolly (And How You Can Print Your Own)


After 12 months of hiking through California, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska the team behind Upthink Lab have released a five minute long timelapse of their adventures that features some pretty impressive moments. Wanderment is meant to create a juxtaposition between the different landscapes of North America, a purpose the filmmakers pushed further by switching between color and black and white footage throughout the clip (all of which is in 4k).

You’ll be treated to an array of vivid landscapes in addition to some really cool macro slow motion of growing mushrooms, which is reason enough to watch the timelapse. There’s also an interesting transition at about 1:52 where the camera makes a fluid transition from underwater to above the surface. The shot was captured with a Canon T3i (with Magic Lantern) in an underwater housing mounted on a custom motion control dolly. [Read more…]