When the poppies in my front yard began to bloom I got the idea of doing a time-lapse image of one of them doing so. In my mind it was a gorgeous, subtle transformation and explosion of color.
So I spent about an hour setting up lights and background, calibrating the camera and programming an intervalometer to shoot one photo every five seconds. After about 10 hours of filming I had this (the one on the white background).
Not to be daunted, I tried again. Since the garden needed some serious weeding, it seemed like a good day for it. The camera could click happily away while I attacked the raspberries, which are my most problematic invasive species.
The most likely candidate poppy was located and braced so that it didn’t flop around too much; the camera batteries were charged; a strobe was placed next to the flowers to light them (so that the sunshine didn’t throw off the exposure too much) and I let the setup run until the rain started, several hours later.
So, with much fanfare, here’s attempt #2!
Sigh. Guess this gets filed under the categories of watched pots never boiling.