time lapse photography and documenting the sky behind our house

If you’ve known me a while, you know that I have a thing about documenting sunsets and the sky- for years I would go outside and snap a photo of the sunset every night and I take a LOT of photos of the sky.

A few months ago, I started noticing time-lapse videos of the sky/sunset/weather on YouTube. Most of them were being taken with a camera called a “GoPro”, which is this rugged little video camera designed for extreme sports and adventurers to capture their different experiences. The camera isn’t cheap, but it comes with a waterproof case and does a bunch of different things.

It’s been years since I had a digital camera- ever since I got an iPhone, I’ve used that and been very happy with it for photos and videos. So I couldn’t justify the GoPro for just the time lapse project even though I REALLY wanted to do it. I mentioned it to Tom, and he was pretty excited about it- it turns out the camera is something that he could use as well- he’s an advanced brown belt in karate and needs to perfect his form/katas before his black belt test (GoPro has a slow-motion, he’s getting into kayaking and would like to be able to take a waterproof, compact camera with him on his trips, he regularly bikes and would like to capture some of his rides, etc.) Gracie also wanted a waterproof camera to use *in* the pool and when we told her about it, she got REALLY excited.

So as a 15th anniversary gift for Tom and I (instead of buying each other little things that sort of add up) we decided to get a GoPro Silver Hero 4. Since we got it, we’ve been doing daily time lapse captures of the sky and bay behind our house. It’s a neat project- Tom does the camera stuff, I do the editing (along with Gracie) and we all are involved so it’s become a family thing. Tom’s also used it to study his karate form at the dojo, and I think it’s a matter of time before Gracie brings it into the pool.

Here are the first week of videos we made, in case you wanted to check out our little project. Our basic settings are “Video Time-Lapse”, one photo every five seconds.

If you want to give them a thumbs-up and subscribe to the YouTube channel, that would be awesome!

I think we’re getting better at shooting and editing the videos. The hardest part, for me, is finding music for them- because YouTube and Facebook are monetized (supported by ads), you can’t use any music under the Fair Use policies. I found a great site for free music- Free Music Archive – but there’s *so* much that finding the right song is sometimes more challenging and time consuming that filming and editing the footage!

So there’s a little re-cap of our first few days of doing time lapse photography and documenting the sky behind our house.

Hope you are having an amazing weekend!

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