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    Posted April 21, 2011 by
    Detroit, Michigan

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    This is my first adventure into high dynamic range (HDR) time lapse photography, it's a very time consuming, but rewarding experience to see all of those stills come to life and grow organically before your very eyes.

    HDR photography makes use of DSRL cameras' ability to shoot 'bracketed' images, for example 1@ -2, 1@0, and 1@ +2 (or more). The bracketed photographs are them merged in special HDR software to produce one photograph which has a 'high dynamic range'.
    My stills were shot in Detroit, Bay City, Saginaw, Frankenmuth and at the coast of Michigan between the hours of 8pm and 3am, and on one Sunday. Some of my trips out were very interesting and at times 'on the edge' let's say...
    I discovered HDR photography through the work of Drew Geraci from DC - thanks Drew for introducing me to the techniques my friend. I also want to thank Philip Bloom for getting me back into the frame and Tom@Timescapes.org for making the best time lapses I've ever seen and for using the work of the great composer John Stanford (www.johnstanfordmusic.com), whose compositing 'Sea of Tranquility' is used on this 'M' time lapse.
    Kit used:
    Avid Media Composer 5.5 for editing, music work, input and output (3 hours)
    Adobe After Effects to make use of the amazing GBDeflicker plug in to reduce time lapse flicker (2 hours processing)
    Photomatix Pro to merge the HDR stills (long enough to grow a full beard)
    Canon 7D
    Tokina 11-16 lens
    Zacuto Z-Finder Pro (can't live without this GENIUS bit of kit!)
    A lovely lightweight Manfrotto travel tripod
    Pickit intervalometer
    A shiny new Canon rucksack to hold all of the kit for fast access
    [Still no flask to add to kit list for coffee!]
    Shoot 10,704 bracketed still photographs (I used L JPEG due to render times in Photomatix Pro - thanks DG)
    Merge stills in Photomatix Pro
    Import stills as sequential files in Avid Media Composer 5.5 at DNxHD 185
    Export master clips at Quicktime reference files
    Import the Quicktime reference files in Adobe After Effects
    Install and apply the GBDeflicker plug in to the AE timeline
    Render out at Quicktime movie
    Link to the Quicktime movie via AMA in MC and transcode to DNxHD 185 (now deflickered)
    Edit, grade, add music, export from MC so you lovely people can share my journey to HDR loveliness
    Please see me at richardbentley.tv if you've any more questions.
    Thanks for taking the time to watch!

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