If you didn’t stay up late to watch the latest snowfall, here’s a chance to see it through the magic of time-lapse photography.
From 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday night until 6:26 a.m. on Wednesday morning, my camera was taking a photograph of our patio every 13 seconds. (Some disclosure here: I slept, and let the camera do the work.)
From the 1,932 images made over those seven hours, I’ve compressed it down to 27 seconds with video editing software to show the snow blanketing our yard and patio chairs starting at about 1:20 a.m.
The beginning of the video looks relatively dark, but brightens considerably as snow blankets the ground.
Using the same exposure for all the images, shutter speed of 13 seconds and aperture set at f1.8, the video illustrates how much light is reflected between street lights, house lights, traffic, the sky and the snow on the ground.
If you’re wondering why you don’t see any snowflakes in the video, the shutter of the camera was open for 13 seconds on each exposure, so the snowflakes were blurred to the point that they can’t be seen.
About 8 seconds into this video, deer can be seen for a split second in the center of the frame near the fence line.
Photographic equipment used:
Canon EOS 5D MkIII, Canon EF 35mm f1.4L, A/C battery converter, Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3, tripod. Camera covered and taped with plastic bag.
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