Time-Lapsing: Rodney Bay

As you may have noticed we have be retracing our steps back down to Grenada over the past month, therefore we have returned to Rodney Bay and the marina. This will be the 5th time I have visited Saint Lucia and Rodney Bay in just over 12 months.

I knew we would be tied to a jetty and pretty stable so could take the opportunity to try my hand at some more long exposure photography and a long exposure time-lapse. I did this over a couple of nights, the first night being a test run, getting settings and composition right and to do a practise time-lapse to get to grips with the process.

[1/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

[1/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

The first test picture was from behind the helm of Ripples II looking out over the marina behind us. It took me a few attempts to get my setting right but settled on f/3.5, ISO400 with a 5s exposure. As you can imagine I still got some movement and blurring in the image but not as often as you’d imagine.

[2/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

[2/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

My next test picture was looking up the mast. I thought this would be the best composition but I couldn’t get the full length of the boom in the frame. The picture still turned out great though and I’m super happy with it. My settings here were the same as the previous pictures, f/3.5, ISO400 with a 5s exposure.

[3/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

[3/3] Night Sky - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 25/04/2016

 

My final test image was taken from the port (Left) bow stern (Front) of the saloon and the mast/boom. I thought this would be the best composition and it was. I changed my settings slightly due to more light from the nearby building site illuminating the front of the saloon more that the other 2 images. My settings were f/3.5 ISO400 with a 3s exposure to compensate for the extra light.

That was the end of my tests and I used the images from my final test to practise putting together a short time-lapse using Final Cut Pro X.

Screengrab 1 - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 28/04/2016

Screengrab 1 - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 28/04/2016

3 nights later I did the final time-lapse. I adjusted my composition to be looking front on to the saloon with the nights sky above it. I also adjusted my settings again to bring out the stars in the sky. My settings were f/3.5, ISO400 with a 5s exposure. For the full time-lapse I took 500 images with 492 being useable, and I was sat with my camera for just over 2 hours with it taking a 5s exposure with a 10s interval. Instead of just sitting there like a wet lemon doing nothing I took my laptop up with me and watched a couple of episodes of the TV show Black Sails. I started at about midnight and finished just after 2AM.

Screengrab 2 - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 28/04/2016

Screengrab 2 - Rodney Bay Marina, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, 28/04/2016

I’m super happy with the way the final time-lapse came out. It was a big learning curve for me and such a long process but well worth all the time and effort I had to put it. I’ll definitely be doing more in the future so make sure you follow my Instagram to see them. If you want to see the full time-lapse here it is below, I’d really appreciate it if you’d go give it a like on Instagram if you do like it.

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Rob