Sunset & Flower Timelapses

Not the best sunset to do a timelapse of, but it still has some interesting elements. I probably should have used a shorter shutter interval to smooth out the video.


This is a timelapse of some really cool flowers at my parents’ house; they bloom when the sun goes down. I also should have used a faster timing interval here since the flowers actually bloom fairly quickly once they get started. 

Night Sky Timelapse

I wanted to try this type of timelapse video since I first built my Arduino Intervalometer. Luckily the weather was clear enough that I had a good opportunity for night photography. I set my camera to take 30 second exposures at F8 and set the intervalometer to trigger it once a minute for 2 hours.

Using Adobe Premiere Elements, I set the frame length to 1/24 of a second. This resulted in a nice smooth video of the northern sky rotating around the north star. Note: the video looks much better in full screen HD.


Timelapse Using Arduino Intervalometer

I finally got around to using my Arduino Intervalometer to make a timelapse video. With a big snowstorm coming I decided to use it to my advantage. I set my camera in Aperture Priority mode at F5 and had the intervalometer trigger it every 5 minutes for 3 hours.

I used Adobe Premiere Elements and went with 1/8 of a second per frame since it makes the video fairly smooth while not blowing through the frames too fast. If I wanted to I could have reduced my timing interval by a third and made a video at the normal 24 frames per second for smoother video.

First Timelapse Attempt

Here’s my first attempt at making a timelapse video using my Analog Intervalometer. The video was made with Adobe Premiere Elements, which is much better at making timelapse videos than Picasa since the user has greater flexibility regarding the resolution and compression of the finished video.


One mistake I made, as you no doubt noticed in my time-lapse video above, was setting the camera to shutter priority mode. This resulted in considerable depth-of-field shift as the camera changed the aperture when the light dimmed from day into night, placing much of the scene out of focus.