Postprocessing...

With more than 1.5 Terabyte of footage from La Palma there will be very long render sessions the next weeks or even months. Shooting really is the most fun part in Time-lapse photography. Managing files, folders and backups isn't — at least not for me. Post processing (rendering) the clips from images (mostly RAW files) is interesting though. Here we can bring the images back to live, recreating our perception of those magic nights and moments.
If there would only be faster computers. A few seconds of a time-lapse can take hours to tweak and fine-tune, and then slowly render, image by image, sometimes only to discover that you have to do it all over again, because there was something wrong somewhere…
The video below is a day-to-night transition of the MAGIC telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma. The specific workflow for this time-lapse so far: setting and fixing the transition in
LRTimelapse, rendering JPG files from RAW in Adobe Lightroom. Importing the sequence to Apple Motion and progressively applying the Neat Video noise reduction. What still needs to be fixed are some of the distracting lights from cars passing by. That's another session of 1-2 hours…


Astromaster 2016: Magic Telescope Clip Preview from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

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