It rained on Saturday, total accumulation just under an inch (23 mm). When I woke up Sunday, the clouds were beginning to clear, so I put the Garmin VIRB-360 camera out to see if I could catch some dawn cloud colors. I ended up leaving the camera out for 12 hours, connected to an external USB battery. I’m starting to play around with Adobe Premiere Pro for processing videos. The eight-bit range of colors and light recorded in the jpg images does limit the amount of processing going from the dark predawn to some sunlight. In the end, I compressed 12 hours to 1 minute time-lapsed video displayed both as a 360 degree panorama, and side by side little-planet and tunnel views. Bottom line, I can do better with the dawn cloud colors with raw images, but don’t have the time to individually process nearly 9000 images. A lot more to learn with Premiere Pro (and maybe After Effects).
Back from Portugal, and there is no bread in the house. It’s time to make another loaf of hearty whole grain rye bread.
Hearty Whole Grain Rye Bread Recipe: Rye Flour (1 cup); Sprouted Wheat Flour (3/4 cup); Bread Flour (1/4 cup); Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup) Flax Seed (1/4 cup); Chia Seed (1 tbs); Dill Seed (1 tbs); Anise Seed (1 tbs); Caraway Seed (1 tbs); Fennel Seed (1 tbs); dry milk (1/4 cup); cocoa (1 tbs); instant coffee (1 tbs); salt (1 tsp); egg (1 large); flax oil (1 tbs); walnut oil (1 tbs) water (1 1/3 cup); Maple syrup (1/3 cup). Above ingredients added to Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Three hours later, I removed the loaf of bread. It rose right to the top of the pan — and the house smelled of rye bread. I only let it cool a few minutes before slicing a piece.
I set up a Garmin VIRB-360 camera to record the bread making process for a time-lapse video. Two versions, a little planet and an inverse little planet/tunnel view were combined into one video.
Bread Making – Garmin VIRB-360 camera – Little Planet and Tunnel View (720p 24p)
I woke up early after returning from a week of photography in Lisbon, Portugal. Last night there was an intense orange glow at sunset, and I was hoping for the same at sunrise. I set up a Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens to capture images for a dawn sky time-lapse video. Unfortunately, the light was not as extreme. After it warmed up a bit, I recorded mowing the lawn and harvesting the remaining vegetables from the patio garden with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera. Even though the temperatures went below freezing at least once last week while I was in Portugal, there were orange bell peppers, red-hot peppers, green tomatoes, onions, carrots, and Swiss chard in the garden. All that remain are some hot peppers that are still green. I used much of what I harvested along with some Garbanzo beans, roasted tomatoes, and olives to make a hearty vegetable stew in an Instant Pot.
Dawn clouds over New Jersey. Time-lapse video. Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens.
Mowing the lawn. Little planet time-lapse video taken with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Patio garden autumn harvest. Tunnel view time-lapse video taken with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Preparation of an autumn harvest vegetable stew. 360 Degree time-lapse video taken with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 4: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais, Portugal.
Miguel, our local photography guide hired a van for a road trip to Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais. We departed a little after 07:30. I was a bit late because I wanted to take a different camera kit for the day trip. We still arrived in Sintra at 08:30 before the big tour buses. A rainbow helped guide the way to Sintra. By arriving early we had time to wander around the town to see the locals at work before being overrun by tourists. I used a Fuji X-T3 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens while in Sintra. Afterwards, the van took us to the park entrance to Pena Palace. Just after leaving Sintra, I notices a photographer taking images of a model on the side of the road. We hiked the trail to Pena Palace. From a previous visit, I knew there was a bus that would drive folks up to the Palace for those that couldn’t make the walk — but it wasn’t running yet. I did the walk slowly since my left foot big toe still hurt. I also remembered to start the Garmin VIRB-360 camera. Since I visited Pena Palace twice before while on Semester at Sea trips, my main focus was the Triton guarding the entrance to the Palace. For this I used a Nikon D850 camera and 19 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (Images for another post). Low clouds/fog covered the Fairy Tail castle as we arrived. I really liked the subdued lighting for the series of images I took of the Triton. Rather than tour the Palace, I sat in one place and enjoyed the view. I collected several images of other folks taking pictures of the Triton. After walking back to the van, we went to Cascias — a fishing and tourist village on the Atlantic ocean. We had a great lunch then walked down to the small harbor. Steve was able to find a doctor and pharmacy for his respiratory infection. I switched to my Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm lens in Cascias. A great camera for working at a distance, and catching images of people in motion (and in focus) with its high-speed burst ability.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the hike up to the Pena Palace. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the the Pena Palace Entrance. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the hike down from the Pena Palace. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the Fish Lunch in Cascias. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the Afternoon Walkabout in Cascias. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 3: Lisbon, Portugal.
Left foot still hurting. I was up several times during the night, finally just stayed up and selected and processed images for the day’s classroom review. Breakfast at 07:00, which I recorded with the Garmin VIRB-360 camera. I’m getting used to the runny scrambled eggs.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of Breakfast at the Bessa Hotel. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
We spent the morning traveling on the Metro to practice Speed Shooting. We stopped at several stops on the Blue and Yellow lines. I mounted the Garmin VIRB-360 camera on a short pole attached to my backpack. For my street shooting I chose the Nikon D850 camera with a 8-15 mm fisheye lens, mainly because we would be riding the subway and potentially in close contact with potential subjects. While stopped at one of the stations, a Poliza officer approached and told me I was not allowed to take pictures of people. The officer let me take his picture standing next to Steve after discussing our project.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of Metro Stop Speed Shooting. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
After the last stop we dispersed with the assignment to walk back to the hotel for the afternoon image review and classroom session. I made a wrong turn, so just followed a main road down until I reached the Tagus river. I was almost at the place where we docked on the MV Explorer when I visited Lisbon four years earlier with Semester at Sea. At that point still a long walk back to the hotel. I was exhausted, and my left foot was really hurting. For the remainder of the walk back, I set the camera to do interval shooting while resting it on my arm. I found a couple of building murals near the Time-Out market that I want to see again. Just before getting back to the hotel, a group of preschool or kindergarten kids dressed in uniforms were leaving Cinemateca Júnior. I just stood still and let the camera click every 5 seconds.
Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the Walkabout back to the Hotel. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.
Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.
Lessons learned for the day include the Nikon D850 camera needs better hand-holding techniques, a tripod, or very fast shutter speeds — even with the wide-angle fisheye lens. I bailed on the afternoon and evening shooting to rest my foot with an ice pack.