We took a round-trip on the London Eye on our last day in town. Great views from up there!
The trip takes about a half an hour. About 1/3 of the way round, with my perspective of London shifting at a blazing 10 inches per second, I decided to try my hand at a time lapse sequence. I propped my camera on the hand rail and hoped for the best given the rambunctious kids in our capsule who kept jostling me for rail space. (Not my own kids, natch.)
The results are not bad, for a lark. This time lapse has everything – traffic, clouds, airplanes, boats on the river, and a loopy up/down perspective shift. Luckily, I had the foresight to switch to lower-res shots and didn’t try to shoot camera RAW four times a minute for the duration.
I’ve started experimenting with Magic Lantern, a firmware hack for Canon dSLR cameras. The time lapse interval and setup came straight out of Magic Lantern – a great tool I’ll probably spend the rest of my life perfecting. Most of Magic Lantern’s settings address video shortcomings of Canon dSLRs; I started using it because of its slick automatic exposure bracketing – handy for doing exposure blending on my panoramas. But I digress.
I’m going to have to try time lapse again. I think the nearest Ferris wheel of any size is Navy Pier in Chicago. Hmmm.