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Photography

Timelapse – Beans

A friend of mine here in Lagos mentioned that she was growing beans and that they had already sprouted only after 15 hours. This gave me an idea of something to do with my son. I am quite keen on doing some more time lapse photography and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to play about with the camera and do something interesting with Caelum.

Time lapse photography is the process of taking lots of pictures of something over a period of time and then joining them all together to make a video – for example, setting the camera up to take a picture every 10 seconds of a landscape. For every 25 pictures you take, you get 1 second of video. It gives the effect of speeding up time. In this example 4 minutes would be compressed into one second. My idea is to create a video of a bean growing.

I have a Canon G12 and out of the box it does not support time lapse photography. Bummer. So after scratching around, I find out that there are 2 alternatives – buy a remote or use CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit). The first option sounds like the easiest, but rather save your money and buy the external power pack.

CHDK is easy to install on an SD card. It does not harm your camera in anyway and gives you SO many more features that are not available on the camera – time lapse being one of them. I downloaded the CHDK zip file for the G12, unzipped it and used the java SDMinst app to install the CHDK on my SD card – it was as easy as pie.

I now have timelapse capabilities!  So far, I have noticed a few extra useful features – Focus in video mode while recording and optical zoom when video recording. My great camera just got better. Videos to come soon


Fanus & Candice

Congratulations to the pair of them – and what a fantastic wedding! Crazy weekend. Flying back to South Africa from Lagos for just the weekend – no sleep the night before that on the plane; 3hrs sleep the night before the wedding; 11km run at 5am the day of the wedding and then the monumental stress of trying to take the wedding video!

It was a great day though and by the time I crawled my ass to bed at three – much enjoyment was had. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves, even the kids were up on the dancefloor pulling some serious shapes.

The video still needs to be edited – that will take some time I fear. Would have much rather taken the photos. I did manage to snap a few shots though that turned out not too shabby. Who knows maybe, I can do wedding photography in the future – kick back all week and do a few hours at the weekend for an extortionate rate… 😉


Time Gone By

Old Colonial Office, originally uploaded by bonob0_slr.

This is a picture of an old colonial government office, in the secretariat building in Lagos. You could imagine some British official sitting at his desk doing his paper work for a governmental department. Once the British left however, the organization that comes with running a colonial office was no longer needed and thus the paper work piles up. This image speaks volumes of governments past and present.


Motherly Love

Motherly Love, originally uploaded by bonob0_slr.

I took this picture of my son giving a kiss to his unborn sister. My wife’s loving hand that is placed gently on his head, naturally captured the care, love and devotion that she unfalteringly gives her family.


Photography

IMG_0041-58, originally uploaded by bonob0_slr.

This is the start of a series photos that I want to share with the world. This picture is of my son when he was aged 2. He was sitting outside on the patio and I said something silly to him that made him laugh. I just managed to capture the cheeky little smile.

What I love most about this picture is it is totally natural. He looks like he has slept in a bin – His hair is a mess and it seems like he washed himself with his breakfast… but he still managed to pull the ‘I am cute as bits’ look.

Canon EOS 400D, 28-135mm EF Lens, Adobe Lightroom for Mac.