It was a windy evening. Rough, but with a breathtaking view from the edge of the Caldera. Once all this was a giant volcano, probably more than 4000 meters high. Then, a large part of it slided into the sea. In the remaining steep basin-shaped valley there is now the Caldera Taburiente National Park, hundreds of meters below us. One of my cameras was placed right on top of the Pico de la Cruz. Another one 10 minutes walk below, not far from the street. This short video shows a part of the day-to-night-sequences recorded by both of them.
Astromaster 2016 | Pico de la Cruz from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.
Rendering smooth transitions in time-lapse is a time consuming job. But especially Day-to-Night transitions (or vice versa) look really nice. But there are so many changing conditions to take care of, mainly exposure, white balance and noise. This screenshot shows six steps of a night to day transition of the El Teide (Teneriffa), shot from the high plane of La Palma.
This is how it looks like what LRT Timelapse has to deal with after adjustments in Lightroom.
Apart from exposure and white balance, there are many more parameters adjusted for achieving a nice image and transition: animated gradients, various clarity settings and adapting sharpness and noise reductions parameters. Including render times this clip takes 3-4 hours time. The result is a glorious shot in 4K - hopefully…
Some impressions of the first night shooting session of the «Astromaster 2016» workshop in La Palma.
Less than half a moon can make such a difference. This is the dark sky in the south of La Palma – a very dark area:
When the moon has risen about two hours later, it's a complete different situation. The shot below was captured with a 85mm lens on a full frame camera.