This timelapse is called The Trent-Severn Waterway, and was created by an awesome Primelapse user on YouTube on YouTube.


Published on 15 Sep 2015

The Trent Severn Waterway has many interesting and unique methods for moving boats from one body of water to another. This time-lapse video demonstrates just some of the locks that can be found along the route from Lake Ontario at the Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay.

Spending the summer visiting these locks, I was amazed by the engineering. Transfers are relatively quick, some as quick as 25 minutes for one sequence. This time-lapse video allows the visitor to see multiple transfers in just five minutes.

I have enjoyed “The Summer of Time Lapse”. It reminds me of my film days. I would shoot a roll of 36 and then wait for the C-41 processing before I could see the images. The anticipation is similar with time-lapse, I have to wait for all of the images to be processed into a movie before I can see all the details and movement that I could not see while photographing the sequence.

Completed time-lapse sequences always surprise me, what is captured in the detail. Clouds would appear still during the shoot only to reveal their formation and movement in a time-lapse. Much like a macro image reveals microscopic detail, time-lapse photography reveals details of time and movement.

I have looked at many time-lapse movies by other Photographers. Some convey a serene or calm approach. Others get the “Holy Grail” day to night transition spot on. I love the added motion that moving the camera in some way brings. This movie only utilizes the Ken Burns effect provided in iMovie.

I used a Nikon D7100 DSLR and the Triggertrap Mobile intervalometer on my iPad to trigger the camera. Most of the sequences were captured with intervals between 1 and 5 seconds. As the summer progressed, so did the capture settings. I went from Jpeg to Raw adding ND filters trying for the elusive 1/40, f3.5, and ISO 100.

I have invested in LRTimelapse and Adobe Lightroom for the digital darkroom. All sequences were rendered at 24 frames per second. The final movie was edited in iMovie.

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