Time-Lapse Experiment of One Dramatic Sunrise

Happy Monday everyone – Last week I shared a video time-lapse of the stars moving across the night sky. This week I’m showcasing my first attempt at a sunrise time-lapse video. I hope you’ll share it with your friends and followers!

Sunrise Time-Lapse Experiment

This video consisted of over 200 photographs. I started shooting at roughly 3am using an interval of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. As the sun began to rise and the sky started to brighten up I changed the settings on my camera to capture photographs every 30 seconds.

As you watch the video you’ll notice this change in intervals through the movement of the clouds. I was worried about changing the settings as I thought it might ruin the time-lapse, but I think I timed things pretty well and the change ended up working with the video. What do you think?

The official sunrise was 5:21am which is seen in the photograph I choose to process for today’s photo below – I hope you like it!

Daily Photo – One Dramatic Sunrise

dramatic sunrise over a lake
To capture this photograph, and the rest of the time-lapse, the camera was set at 16mm, f/5.6, ISO 100 and an exposure of 1/100sec (note: the exposure was set to auto as the changing in light levels would require this to change).

Since I shot these photographs in RAW I was able to not worry about white balance until I returned to my computer. I edited the shot mainly in Lightroom doing some minor tonal and exposure adjustments. I also performed some masking adjustments to bring out some of the detail in the foreground while retaining the dramatic colors of the sky. Overall it took a few hours to edit and put into a video.

As always, thank you for visiting Phogropathy, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post enough to share it with your friends and contacts.