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Settings for timelapse of a light parade?
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Author:  ryebrye [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Settings for timelapse of a light parade?

There's a "light parade" tonight in my town. Last year I shot some stills -


That one was one I took - 15 seconds f/9

I was thinking I can do some continuous bursts at maybe 3 seconds at f/3.5 or something and then do that?

I want to avoid having anything but the lights exposed - (i.e I don't want to have the vehicles that have the lights mounted on them exposed at all) - but I do want the background exposed so that there is some context for what the lights are doing.

I've thought about shooting a longer exposure for the background before the lights start coming down and then doing a layer in after effects where I underexpose the lights layers and then composite them on top of the background layer in after effects but I'm worried that might look weird if the background is totally still but the lights are still moving.

Any thoughts?

Author:  Antz [ Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Settings for timelapse of a light parade?

I'd hazard a guess at getting short exposure times, continuous exposures back to back, and adding the echo effect in post.

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