Time Lapsing

Those time-lapse videos of flowers blooming, waves changing, and sunsets coming and going have always seemed really cool to me. So, I decided to try a time-lapse video of my own, though since I didn’t quite have a beautiful expanse of beach with cresting waves handy, I made it of an ice cream cone, doing what an untouched ice cream cone does best: melting.

I shot the photos for this video using the Triggertrap to control my camera, with it taking a picture about every five seconds or so. Unfortunately, I thought that the ice cream would only take about five minutes to melt, but instead it took around twenty, so I had six-hundred photos of the ice cream cone melting, which was a bit excessive. So I used every fifth photo in the time-lapse, then batch processed them in Aperture 3 to keep the colors relatively consistent across frames.

All-in-all, I think it turned out alright, and I had a lot of fun doing it, too, so more time-lapses may be in the future. You can check out the video below (don’t worry, it’s a small file size, so even on mobile you should be alright.)


Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies are really cool to take pictures of for two main reasons in my mind: their colors and their shapes. From reds and oranges to bright greens and deep purples, the vibrant colors of uncooked (and even sometimes cooked, if they’re super rich in color) vegetables always stand out, especially when coupled with their various shapes and textures. So, taking these into consideration, I decided to do a series of fruit and vegetable photographs focusing on the vegetables themselves, stark against a white background.

After looking at these, I decided to get extra artsy and take the camera off of the tripod and do some handheld close-ups with my macro lens (except for the broccoli, which was so large that I was able to get close like that on my tripod.)

My original idea was to do just slices of all of the fruits and vegetables, but the feasibility of that was something I didn’t really consider beforehand; namely, the fact that fruit and veggie slices don’t easily stand up on their own, and since they’re so thin, anything used to prop them up would likely be visible through them. So, I went with halves of fruits and veggies instead, which worked a little bit better.

I have to say that I actually really enjoyed taking these photos, and sometime in the future I will do another series, maybe this time with slices (or go for a more humorous route and put googly eyes on them – I sense some serious chopping going on for those photographs.) Really, the possibilities are endless.

Until next time, this is me, signing off.