Almost two years after the first digging started, and 10.5 months after serious and concerted work really began, our backyard wall is done!
Today I placed the last block of the wall. Hundreds and hundreds of blocks, tons and tons of rocks and dirt moved. All done!
Here is a time lapse of todays work (in glorious 4K), and below a whole slew of photos covering beginning and end!
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On a whim I did this time lapse out our front window yesterday. I didn’t plan it out very well and I shot it through the half of the window with a screen, but it turned out ok, I think. Look for the tree branches springing upwards as they lose snow, car tire tracks evaporating, and the shadows and clouds moving as time progresses. The frames are separated by about 1 minute for the most part, but I was adjusting the interval in the beginning so not all frames are separated by the same amount of time. For the best effect, make sure the “HD” option is turned on (it should be blue and is toggled on/off by clicking on the letters) and the video is viewed in full screen. It’s 1m20s long.
1 min 6 sec, 2.6 MB, no sound
My beard experiment has ended. As part of the journey, I did an experimental time lapse, above. As you will see, I slowly shaved my beard and rotated the chair. I should have thought more about exposure consistency between frames. Doing it inside would have worked better but I thought the outside view was more interesting.
I admit that a few hours later I am still occasionally reaching up to stroke my beard, and finding nothing there.
I took a break when my mustache was in full flight and posed with Melissa. As you can tell by her expression, she loved the ‘stache.
Two days ago Melissa and I drove from Berkeley to San Diego. We drove on US 101 for most of the way, but used Hwy 1 between Monterey and San Luis Obispo. The weather was fantastic and the scenery beats I-5 any day, even on 101. It does take longer, but it’s worth it if you don’t have arrive at the destination at any particular time. I wanted to record the journey, as I have before, but this time looking forward. Using the Canon A620 my father gave me and my laptop connected to it using USB, I managed to do this without too much interference. However, the batteries on the camera died early on, so I didn’t capture the whole trip, or even the most scenic parts of it. In the future I’ll need to use an external power source.
I am sharing it because there’s no harm. It’s not very good, so I didn’t bother to add any music. Below the video you can see rough route the video covers on a Google map.
The video lasts 1 minute 44 seconds, is 5.6 MB in size, and the frames are separated by eight seconds.
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Quicktime movie, 26.23mb, 10:36 playing time
7629 frames, 41h41m, ~20s between frames
looking south-west from a friends apartment
as of posting the aerial image does not show the new apartment building
here is a streetview of the location
Nov 14-16, 2007
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This is the first time lapse that I’ve time-stamped. I felt it was useful as without the time-stamp, it’s hard to tell exactly what time it is, especially at night. It also allows you to see how traffic changes with each rush hour.
I think this time lapse would have worked pretty well with a very short interval, perhaps a second or less. Obviously, I couldn’t have run it for nearly two days, but it would have converted the traffic from random noise to the main subject. The most interesting stuff happens in the second evening when various mists and clouds come in, so feel free to fast-forward to that.
The biggest problem with this time lapse is the huge number of frames don’t actually contribute to the study. I could shorten the 10 minute running time by increasing the frame rate (or by not including all the frames), but at higher rates the traffic just looks even more random. Things would work better if the view changed much more smoothly.
Quicktime movie, 6.48mb, 2:33 playing time
919 frames, 1h15m, ~5s between frames
my apartment to Newport Beach
I-5 to I-405 to CA-55
June 30, 2007
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Here is a neat time lapse of the drive from my apartment to Melissa’s maternal grandmother’s house in Newport Beach. I set my camera up on the tripod in the rear section of my Volvo station wagon. I held the tripod down with a few bungee cords, but you’ll notice that the camera moves slightly through the duration of the movie. I’ll have to devise some sort of better securing mechanism for future efforts. In particular, I’d like to figure out a solid way of having the camera point forward on the dashboard. I cropped the images to remove the majority of the inside of the car as it isn’t very exciting.
Quicktime movie, 1.50mb, 25s playing time
150 frames, 1h 40m, ~40s between frames
near my apartment
May 28, 2007
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Because there is so much going on here, I find it’s nice to look at just one flower open up at a time. As the overcast conditions gave way to sunshine, intermittent clouds covered the sun, which lead to the change in brightness during the movie. As is the case with many of my time-lapse movies, the higher resolution version is well worth the download. Of course, either version is much better than anything you’d see on YouTube.
I also took some close-up images of the flowers, and the honey bees patronizing them. A couple of the bees had very impressive collections of pollen on their legs.