Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This week was a joyous one. Among many other things, my initial batch of digital stock photography was accepted by an online stock photo agency. It was only my second attempt, and, after the humiliation of getting my first batch rejected, I decided, well, f—- it, and uploaded a second batch without caring if they were accepted or not. So that worked. You can see the first four pictures here. If you or anyone you know are in the market for stock photos, please peruse mine. I’ll be adding lots of photos in the future, so check back often to the same link.
I owe this success, in part, to Paula Showen, longtime photo bud and photographer extraordinaire. She held my hand through this process and encouraged me not to give up. She has many stunning images on the stock site, too. You can see her myriad stock photos here.
Also this week, I completed a timelapse video project I’ve been thinking about doing. I set my little GoPro HD cam in the front window of my apartment and programmed it to take a photo every 60 seconds. They were predicting snow, so I wanted to get the accumulation in timelapse. So I set up the cam just before I left that morning.
However, during this first attempt there was no snow! Also, I hadn’t counted on the battery dying 2.5 hours into the process. And I hadn’t counted on my little tripod, which was sitting in a flowerpot, to slowly sink one leg into the dirt. And there are many glitches in the editing process, as you can see. But it was still fun to do it. Here’s the attempt. You can see the large number of customers at the bakery across the street as the sun rises.
Since I was out when the battery died, I put in a new battery when I got home in the late afternoon. They were still predicting snow, so I set it up again. However, no snow this time, either, but it did rain later. This time I managed not to have the tripod issue or as many editing snafus. Here’s the street out front during sunset:
That was on Monday. I’d given up on seeing snow this week. However, while I was teaching my class in Bamberg on Tuesday morning, it began to snow and didn’t let up until late that night. I couldn’t capture the snowfall from the beginning, of course, but I set up the camera as soon as I got home and this time kept an eye on the battery so I could exchange them when the first one died. Therefore, this following video is about five hours of snowfall during sunset – all condensed into a 30-second video.
I hope you enjoyed these short videos. I know they aren’t Oscar material, but the process is interesting and I know these experiments will lead to bigger and better things down the road.
Thanks for watching and have green beer on me!