Three-Years Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

The rocking and rolling of the ship makes it difficult to make time-lapse videos of sunrise and sunset. Even with relatively light seas, the ship is constantly moving up, down, right, and left. I didn’t have access to a heavy-duty gyro stabilized camera mount. The first time-lapse video shows the impact of the motion with the  horizon going up, down, and tilting. Nearly 600 images were taken every 3 seconds with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200 to 800, 35 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec) and then processed with Capture One Pro and the time-lapse video created with Photoshop CC.


On a previous voyage, Michael Mariant suggested that we use “warp stabilizer” software to correct for motion (reduce and smooth) when making time-lapse videos when using hand-held cameras. At that time a warp stabilization filter was included in Adobe After Effects. Now the filter is included within Adobe Premiere Pro. The above time-lapse video was reprocessed using the warp stabilization filter. It significantly reduces the motion of the horizon due to the ship’s motion.


I’ve also included a slide show of individual images (one per minute) of the sunset that were individually processed. Not viable for all 600+ images.

Individual images from the slide-show can be viewed here.

Eight-Years Ago (08-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 13: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Sometimes you are lucky. A few days earlier Thom was teaching us how to photograph a rider on a moving horse. On this day,  while waiting to be allowed to enter Torres del Paine National Park we were doing some landscape shots. All of a sudden two Guanacos started chasing and spitting at each other. I caught this one just as it ran right through our group.

alt_title. (David J Mathre)
Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)