I Want Smear

Every now and then I muck around with a new time-lapse app to see if I can get a really “smeary” lighting effect that I want – but for whatever reason I can’t figure the shit out. It makes sense… on a bright day, even at the lowest ISO, you can’t have a long shutter speed because everything will just get blown out. So I try to do it digitally, but you can still see too much clarity in the smears… but still, this is an interesting looking video.

(This should be available at 4k 60fps, but you can at least change to 1080p 60fps up here โ†—)

Once it is actually night time you can use much longer shutter speeds and the smear looks like a true smear, so next time there’s a perfectly clear night and decently “full” moon I’m gonna maybe have to try it again – but only after dark. Another option is capturing a sunset (and clouds, and car lights, and plane lights) from Mt Pleasant… but that means, a) climbing the damn mountain, which I haven’t done for a couple of years, and b) hoping that they don’t have those damn LED flood lights lighting up the face of it while I’m trying to do my shit. I’ll have to see if there’s a schedule for when they do or don’t do that.

Oh, and obviously if you lock the shutter and ISO for the brightness of the scene when it starts, you’ll probably get some super dark and super bright parts as clouds pass. The alternative is auto exposure, which causes some off jumping around of the exposure during the video – as well as making the whole thing look considerably less dramatic since the phone is always trying to make the exposure appealing. Meh… this is me, trying to find something fun to do… something to have interest in again. Carry on.

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One More

This’ll probably be the last one of these, unless I happen to capture some super-spectacular cloud formations or movements in the future. I know they aren’t that big of a deal for most people, but for some reason these hyperlapse videos hypnotize me.

Hard To Accept

With a lot of stuff going on in my life, I kinda extracted myself from social media and real life friends for the better part of three months now… but after seeing Dez, it convinced me to get back on and start talking to my friends again. I’m just not anxious to figure out how to explain my absence, since it’s a combination of health problems, mental problems… you know… stuff that people always assume other people won’t really understand.

One of the first people that I checked in on was one of my friends who was just starting to go to his doctor for possible cancer related symptoms the last time we spoke. I talked to him today and he confirmed that it’s indeed cancer, and that it’s so bad they’re not trying to cure it. ๐Ÿ˜ข So he’s terminal, and the chemo is just to give him as much time as possible. He says it could be a couple of years, or it could be a couple of months. ๐Ÿ˜ณ One of those deals where the doctors can’t be much more certain than that. ๐Ÿ˜ž It’s hard to know what to say to someone when you hear that kind of news.

I also checked in on my buddy Rick, from school, and it looks like his fight against hairy cell leukemia is still going strong. I haven’t spoken to him, but I see he’s posted pics from chemo treatments as well as something regarding bone marrow… so it’s good to see that he’s still got the required fight in him. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป There’s one more friend that I need to check in on like that, but she’s currently enjoying vacation time with her awesome boyfriend… and the last thing I wanna do is poop on the good mood by asking about her cancer status. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Oh, the video above… it’s just one of my typical Hyperlapse videos, but shot out the side window instead of the windshield. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I don’t know what it is about the movement of the clouds that feels so peaceful. It makes me feel so small, and the beauty of the world feel so big. โ˜บ I’m hoping that I can get past all of the stuff that’s keeping me down right now, so I can get out and do some video or photos or something somewhere… watching the clouds churn makes me wanna be out among them.

No Thank You

I spent from 7:30pm yesterday until 1:00am this morning without power, for what seemed like little more than a regular thunderstorm. It’s no wonder so many houses in the neighborhood have those generators that kick on automatically… while I wait an hour in the heat and then sweat as I drag the portable generator out of the garage and string up the extension cords.

I don’t mind though… the $300 that I spent several years ago has already been covered by the amount of frozen and fridge food that I would have lost had I not had it. The video above… it’s actually from just a bit ago – when I thought all hell was gonna break loose. But with all those churning clouds and lightning, there wasn’t much more than a sprinkle. There’s still more on the way… hoping tonight doesn’t end up like the last one.

Churning

I’m getting closer with my daytime settings. I’m getting a good smoothness out of the video, but there are still hints of jitter when it comes to the change between frames where the sun is out and when it isn’t, not to mention what appears to be actual physical movement in the camera or lens or something. Not exactly sure what’s going on with that. I like the look of this afternoon’s clouds though…

EDIT: Created a YouTube stabilized version that looks a little better, replaced the original below.

Pre-Post Post

Got back from a little trip yesterday afternoon/evening, and surprisingly got a decent amount of sleep last night, so today’s all about readjusting to being back home and getting back into the groove with some things that I want to accomplish today. ๐Ÿคจ I guess I wanna prove to myself that I don’t always have to be completely worthless the day after getting back home from doing something fun.

My shoulder is killing me, but that’s to be expected… you know how it is when you go on vacation and put the negative things to the back of your mind. In my case, that meant somewhat forgetting to take it easy and probably talking with my hands way too much. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Oh, and this time-lapse video… it was with the digital camcorder, so there were no bells or whistles applied – just a shot every 10 seconds with no extra processing or filters or anything. A “meh, why not” project for while we were there.

(I was going to make a super high resolution image of the boat by using the digital camcorder at high zoom and panning back and forth over it until I had the entire area covered with video – and I was going to use Microsoft ICE to process that video into a panorama… but it just wasn’t quite working so I ended up shelving the idea.)

But yeah, I just wanted to make a little pre-post post, so I’m gonna throw this up to the blog and then start figuring out what I’m gonna do with the day… and I already know that’ll include being on the laptop to do bills (since the WiFi wasn’t working at the hotel), to check and reply to emails, and to do a real trip report here in a bit. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป