What is Time Lapse Photography?

Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (aka the frame rate) is much lower that that which will be used to play the sequence back.  When you replay this sequence at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and lapsing.

Put simply: We are manipulating time. Objects and events that would normally take minutes, days, hours, or months can be viewed to completion in seconds having been speeded up by factors of tens to millions.

Where did time-lapse photography originate?

Eadweard Muybridge (yes the spelling is correct, see below), a nineteenth-century photographer is often quoted as originating the technique.  Cathy Curtis point out that he is famous for three things:

1.    his own bizarre spelling of his name
2.    his sensational acquittal for the murder of his wife’s lover
3.    and his blurry but indisputable photographic proof that Occident, former California Gov. Leland Stanford’s racehorse, galloped by lifting all four feet off the ground.

One of the first uses of time-lapse photography in a feature film was done by Arnold Fanck in his series of work called Bergfilms, including this 1926 film The Holy Mountain.

Probably the most important person to popularize the art wasn’t a photographer at all, at least not at first. In the evenings, after work as a banker John Ott would come home and build and experiment with time-lapse equipment and the growth of plants.

We have come a long way since Occident’s hooves left the ground. Today time-lapse photography has gotten a lot simpler but it certainly is not easy.

I finally delved into this mystifying realm. Just the other day I created my own Time Lapse. I set my camera to take one shot every 5 seconds and let it do so for about 25 minutes. I ended up with 290 images which at 24 frames per second rendered a 12 second video. Check it it out below. I hope you enjoy it!

Neighborhood from Bill Barber on Vimeo.

Posted in Fun Stuff, photography

Birds in Flight

I often admire beautiful shots others take of birds in flight. To me, an image of a bird flying is much more interesting than a bird standing around in muck. However, photographing birds in flight takes a lot of skill developed from a lot of practice. I need a lot of practice. My skills at catching birds in flight suck.

This evening I ventured over to Huntington Beach State Park. At the time I was there, there was not a lot of bird activity, but I was able to practice some Bird in Flight shots. Below are a few that didn’t turn out too poorly, but as you can see I still need a LOT of practice with this genre.

Click on each image for larger view:

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Posted in bird, causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Grand Strand Magazine

About a month ago, representatives from the Grand Strand Magazine contacted me asking for permission to use one of my images in their publication. The image they wanted was a sunset taken on New Years Eve 2013 – the last sunset of the year. We did the paperwork, giving them permission to publish the image. They told me that the image would be in the Aug/Sep issue, in their “Vistas” section.

Well, the Aug/Sep issue hit the newsstands yesterday and although i was expecting the picture to be in the magazine I DID NOT expect it to be a FULL TWO PAGES!

WOW! Knowing the picture would be there was kinda anti-climatic but seeing it as a TWO PAGE entry was exciting all over again!

Since many of you live out of area and will not see the magazine, here is the shot that was printed!  Click on image for larger view.


Posted in art and entertainment, causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor

Grand Canyon

Back in 2009, my youngest daughter was living in New Mexico. We went to visit her and along the way made a side stop at the Grand Canyon. Neither my wife nor I had ever been there before. We viewed it from the South Rim, and every viewpoint was simply “WOW”.

Here is one example of what we were able to see: (Click on image for larger view)


Posted in art and entertainment, outdoor, photography

Submit a Title

Last night I as playing with some fractals, below is the result! Right now it is nameless. If you would like to suggest a name, leave your suggestion in the comments! Thanks for playing!


Posted in abstract, Fun Stuff

How to Make a Pinhole Camera from a Pringles Can

This adorable young photographer’s name is Fresley, and for a recent science experiment she decided to show YouTube how to turn a Pringles can into a pinhole camera in just over 8 minutes.

All you need in way of materials is an empty Pringles can, an X-Acto knife, some opaque tape, wax paper, a pair of scissors, a ruler, a pen, a pencil and a pin. Once you’ve collected your supplies, just watch the video above for a step-by-step breakdown of how to go from Pringles can to Pinhole Camera.

This is a wonderfully quick and easy DIY project that is especially great if you’ve never tried out pinhole photography before or you want to introduce your kids to photography in a cool, crafty sort of way. Plus, if you stick around to the very end you’ll get a short lesson on aperture so… you know… win win.

Check out the video to see how it’s done, and if you do try this at home, drop me a line in the comments and let me know how it went!

Posted in art and entertainment, cameras, photography

Faux Painting

I have many friends who do amazing work with watercolors, acrylics, oils, etc. Paint brushes do not belong in my hands! However, from time-to-time I do enjoy taking a photographic image and making it look like a painting. Here is one i did just this afternoon. I hope you enjoy it!


Posted in Digital Art, Fun Stuff, textures

Canon 7D Mk II — Coming Soon!

New rumors suggest that the announcement of a replacement for the Canon 7D may come on Friday, September 5, 2014, which is a week and a half before Photokina 2014 kicks off. I continue to see steep discounts on the original 7D.
Canon 7D Mark II Rumors
There are still several spec rumors floating around for the 7D Mark II (or whatever it will be called) and nothing is really getting trimmed down yet. One solid spec seems to be the EOS 1D X-styled top plate with no Mode dial. Resolution has been rumored between 20-24MP and “advanced” video features have been consistently rumored as well.

If you have any details about the upcoming camera, let me know.

See the below lists of previously rumored specs.
Canon 7D Mark II Rumored Spec Set #1

    24.1mp APS-C Sensor
    Dual DIGIC V
    Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
    61 AF Points
    3.2″ LCD
    Build quality like 5D3
    GPS & Wifi
    $2199 ($500 more than the 7D at launch)
    ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3
    “Lots of video features”
    More recent specs suggest the following as more accurate.

Canon 7D Mark II Rumored Spec Set #2

    20MP sensor
    ISO 100-12,800 (25600 extended)
    1/8000 shutter
    Quiet shutter mode
    Phase detect AF, 19 area
    8fps continuous shooting
    Buffer size – 15 raw, 126 JPEG
    3.0″ 1040k dot LCD (touch screen) – not articulated
    Weather sealed (as original 7D)
    910g weight


Posted in cameras, photography

“XYZ” is for

OK, I think I have prolonged the ending of this project as long as possible. BUT it is finished before the promised end date of 8 July!

So, what are XYZ? Well here it is!



Posted in Project A-Z

“W” is for

There are so many things that could represent “W”! While on a recent trip to Bermuda I found this one that I knew would be the right fit!

Let me present Wahoo’s! Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of the historic town of St. Georges and boasts panoramic views of the harbour. It offers a wide range of menu items that is guaranteed to satisfy any picky eater. From their famous locally caught fish items including Wahoo nuggets, rockfish Picasso and of course their award winning fish chowder. To the delicious schnitzel sandwich and ever changing, pasta special. Bring your family for a nice relaxing meal or come for a romantic dinner where you’ll overlook the moon lit harbour.


Posted in Project A-Z