Dancing Boats, Mount Desert Island, Maine

June 22, 2015

This is Seal Harbor on Mount Desert Island in Maine during a rainy morning on June 22, 2015. I was teaching a night timelapse workshop with Vincent Lawrence of Acadia Images Photography Workshops and it rained after midnight, but dawn looked promising with the weather clearing so we decided to shoot the tide going out in the harbor under the rapidly moving clouds. I took some video with my iPhone for my kids back home and decided to use some of the footage here, especially of the fishing boats headed out to the ocean for the morning catch. Yes, the image stabilization of the iPhone is really that good if you have a steady hand to begin with, I didn’t use a Steadicam!

The first timelapse clip was shot with a Nikon D700 & 24-70mm f/2.8 from 3:41 to 4:44 AM in aperture priority mode @ 27mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, 746 frames. It’s a bit shaky from people walking around on the boardwalk.

The second timelapse clip was also taken with the Nikon D700 & 24-70mm f/2.8, from 5:04 to 6:10 AM in aperture priority mode @ 24mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, 796 frames with a B+W 10-stop filter.

The final, long timelapse was taken with a Nikon D810 & 14-24mm f/2.8, from 4:33 to 7:35 AM in aperture priority mode @ 24mm, f/2.8, ISO 64, 2,179 frames on an eMotimo TB3. I enabled “exposure smoothing” in the menu so the exposure wouldn’t be as erratic as the D700.

All of the clips were edited and deflickered with LRTimelapse / Lightroom. It was good test footage for the workshop to demonstrate how to remove flicker due to exposure variance.

We have some great timelapse and panorama workshops scheduled this year in Acadia: http://galleries.aaronpriestphoto.com/Workshops 

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