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First Timelaspe Compilation Piece: Arrow Valley Farm – Time at The Ranch.

Timelapse photography can be so rewarding and so frustrating. I have been using my Canon EOS 7D for nearly 12 months now, and have shot quite a few timelapses with it. Once the basics are understood, it is finding good subject matter that becomes the challenge.

While at The Watshan Catte Co. Ranch I was in awe of the amount of stars that were visible each night. Miles from anywhere the amount of light pollution was, well pretty much zero! So, I decided it was time to try and bring together as many Timelaspes of the night sky as possible and see if I could create something that would do it justice.

I had a few unsuccessful nights when condensation on the lens of my Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 left me with only a few seconds of useable final product. I trashed these small timelaspes and asked for help from Timelaspe veteran Preston Kanak. He passed on a tip that allowed me to shoot right through the night without any issues of condensation / frost on the lens. It was so simple, yet worked so well.

I tweeted: “@prestonkanak any tips for condensation on lens in overnight TL’s?”

His reply was short and to the point “@JohnJoRitz Handwarmers.”

I got funny looks at the local store buying handwarmers and candles in spring, but I think it was worth it 🙂

That night I set about stickytaping 4 handwarmers to the lens hood of the Tokina. I had already set the Canon up for its night shift and checked the handwarmers were not in frame, I hit the start button.

I repeated this process any night when the sky was clear. I wanted to use some light source to add some foreground detail and ended up using a regular candle. I had taken a large Bombay sapphire gin bottle, used and *angle grinder and a lot of safety gear to cut the top off, and placed the tapered candle inside. This was to keep it from going out, but also to make sure I did not cause a massive fire! *I do not recommend using naked flames, or cutting glass as it can cause serious injury!!!

Below is the finished piece. I recommend full screen and HD. I welcome feedback / constructive criticism.

Settings used were:

Exposure: 20-25 seconds

ISO: 600-800

Format: Shot in RAW

White balance: 4000-5000 (adjusted in post to suit)

Picture Profile Setting was Landscape – (although was adjusted in post but it gave a good starting point)

F Stop: 2.8

Interval: 1-3 seconds between the 20 to 25 second exposures.

Equipment:

Camera: Canon EOS 7D

Lens: Tokina 11-16 F/2.8

Filter: a no name brand UVF purely to protect the lens.

Tripod: Weifeng WF-717A

Intervalometer: Yongnuo TC-80N3a

Memory Card: Kingston 16GB CF

Music: from incomputech.com

I hope this has been a useful and informative post. It certainly has been educational and fun for me! If your unsure  about having a go at timelaspe I’d strongly encourage you to pick some settings, take afew test shots, adjust them, test some more, then just have a go. The more you shoot the better they will become. For more information on timelaspe and general shooting, check out Preston Kanak’s website and also  The Red Owl aka Tom Baurain did this tutorial on RAW Timelaspe workflow

 

About the author: John-Jo has been working in Canada for the last 6 months and is now in New Zealand waiting for the Snow season to start. He will be making films in Wanaka for Treble Cone and The Rookie Academy.

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Arrow Valley Farm : : “Life in the Valley”

For the last 3 weeks I have been on Whatshan Cattle Co. Ranch in Edgewood B.C. I have been working for my food and accommodation and loving every minuet of it! Pouring concrete, making spindles for handrails, painted, cutting grass, fixing fences and anything else that life on the ranch required. We started at 9:00 AM and worked till 4:30 -5:30 depending on what was going on. Evenings were often spent on the deck, watching the sun go down, drinking local beer, followed by an awesome evening meal. The sleep here has been the best, deepest, most honest sleep I have possibly ever had.

 

When I could steal away from “work” I took my Canon 7D and tried to capture some of beauty of this place. They grow about 300 acres of hey, raise about 125 cattle, Bluehealers, Pomeranians along with a herd of horses! The nights that looked clear, I often set off  a timelapse. I have wanted to the light foreground of my timelapses for awhile and decided to do it by candle light. I had some issues with condensation on the lens, but thanks to a tip from Preston Kanak, I managed to get some Timelaspes I am pretty proud of. There are some in this video, but I will put a pure Timelapse piece soon-ish.

I didn’t set out to make a mini doco, I just wanted to be able to show people where I had spent my time between winters.

I spent my final day here pulling together my favorite clips and moments into this video. I welcome constructive criticism / comments, but please do take into account that this was more of an after thought than a preplanned production, limited editing time and non existent budget. 🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoy “Life on the Ranch”.

Please visit Arrow Valley Farm website if you have any inquiries about horse sales, hay sales, training, B&B.

If you have questions about horse training please go to Agora Horses.

John-Jo follows winter round the globe. His “summer” consists of  8 weeks a year (in two lots of 4) where spring comes into effect. To see more of his video work please go to his website .