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How to Take 10 Minutes on Vacation to Create a Brilliant Timelapse

I captured a timelapse video of Barred Island in Maine while the tide lowered, revealing a narrow strip of sand and an entry point.

Look, I knew I wasn’t fooling my family. Not when we went on vacation to Maine, experienced an incredible hike in Acadia National Park, and took a break for lunch. Because then, I unzipped my backpack and didn’t take out my sandwich. That sight is an easy tell by now.

Instead, I pulled out a compact tripod and my DJI Osmo Pocket camera which I’ve been using to create timelapse videos for the better part of the past year.

My wife and ten-year-old son have come to expect that I’m going to try to quickly capture a timelapse shot in moments like this.

Ten Minutes on Top of your World
Lunch on the top of a hiking summit a thousand feet up usually happens pretty fast. There isn’t time to capture hours of a changing landscape. Not when I’m primarily there to enjoy it with my family.

But carving out ten minutes? Yes, my family can handle that.

Capturing a video frame at two-second intervals for ten minutes creates a nifty ten-second timelapse.

It’s enough.

Enough to allow me to feed my creative spirit, but not too much to be disruptive to the larger goals of our day.

Chasing Nature’s Relationship with Time
Snapping a photo isn’t a problem. We’re all used to pausing for someone who needs to take a few seconds to get a quick picture.

But timelapse shots are a different game, and those ten minutes can feel like an hour when it’s really time to resume a hiking trek. I actually take closer to fifteen minutes, because I also need to set up and break down my little tripod. (It’s a Manfrotto Element Small Aluminum Traveler Tripod. $93.84 on Amazon.)

I really appreciate my family’s flexibility as I’ve explored my little hobby capturing nature timelapses.

My Timelapse Videos from Maine
Last week, I shared my favorite photos from our Maine hiking trip.

And now, here are my timelapse clips from our fun adventure in Maine.

Thank you, DJI Osmo Pocket, Manfrotto tripod and my family for helping me to capture these beautiful moments.

44 Seconds from my Surreal Summer of 2020

Have you begun to see life differently too? Here’s my view from the beach…

I’m not complaining. As I write this, our state is currently not a hot spot. My family and I are healthy and safe. But of course, this summer of COVID-19 is anything but normal.

Even a walk on our local beach early in the morning feels… surreal.

Avoiding the crowds yet also craving more human interaction. Enjoying the uninterrupted patterns of nature and flow of water, though unable to avoid the constant awareness of instability and global disruption.

It sometimes seems like I’m living in someone else’s painting.

This short video I shot with my DJI Osmo Pocket provides a sense of this experience that I imagine you may also be feeling…

 

Again, I’m not complaining. Not really. It’s just so weird. And if I’m actually inhabiting a virtual painting in some alternate reality, I’m happy it can be at a beach on a sunny Saturday morning.

#FindingTheBrightSide

Feeling Compressed into a Time-Lapse Movie

It’s been twelve weeks… already.

Social distancing. Sheltering at home. Not spending time with family and friends. Zoom fatigue. Can you believe it?

Life is certainly different. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you. Thankfully, my family and I are staying healthy.

That said, one negative effect of this COVID-19 altered reality has been something of a surprise to me. I thought time would start to slow down due to all the restrictions and seclusion. In fact, the opposite has occurred. It feels like time has been speeding up.

The weeks have been flying by. Suddenly, it’s an entirely different season! Of course, we cognitively understand that. But our experience of time has been necessarily shifted, and I think our bodies are still catching up.

As a result, my little world is starting to feel like an extended time-lapse shot. A compression of sorts. Maybe it’s simply due to the repetition of fewer ‘permitted’ activities. 

What exactly am I talking about?

Well, I edited together this 30-second video with some of my recent time-lapse shots to try to capture this sensation.


So yes, I suppose I’m feeling a little ‘compressed.’ But considering everything else that’s happening during this disruptive time, I’m not complaining.

Instead, let’s simply say I wanted to share a few time-lapse shots from my
DJI Osmo Pocket and leave it at that.
(Hope you like my video!)

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