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I need another camera.

I have realized I need another camera.  I am on day 10 of a 10 day shoot, gathering 1000 images.  As it is everything seems to be running very well,  reviewing the footage on the back of the camera, it all looks very promising.

The problem is 10 days per angle, well, with all this effort i should be using 2 cameras not 1. I can use my XT1 for some shooting here and there, but i hate to be days or weeks at a time without the camera.


BCM problems?

Twice now the BCM stopped running its routine on me. Both within the past 2 days, and enough time lapsed between frames to cause a jump in the subject being filmed. Its always something! But if it were easy it wouldnt be worth doing right? I need to figure out if the arduino is losing power and resetting, or if a power fluctuation is getting to to bump out of the Run Routine mode. If nothing else, i can write the script to start automatically when in RUN ROUTINE, so if the power does take a bump it will start back up. First world problems……

Shooting again!


Up and shooting again!

Wondering about the voltage regulator though, it was not working when i first tried it today. I metered it and it showed zero voltage, brought it upstairs to the workshop and it started metering at 7.2v.

Ill have to keep an eye on it. In the meantime, i started a new routine. 1000 images, 15 minutes apart, 26 inches of movement on the rail.  Using a Nikon 50 f/1.4 lens

This shoot will last 10 days 10 hours.


New Biolapse Set up! Color Explosion!

I was up at my parents house today celebrating my moms birthday, and she told me about these Garden Tiles at Lowes, which is basically a small 2 square foot pallet of ground cover plants.   I figured this would be perfect, as I have probably at least a month before i will be ready to shoot the carnivorous plant set. Why sit around and wait?


The first order of business was to hang the light from the ceiling instead of the Jump Start scaffold. It was starting to get in the way.

Next i cleaned out the prior set, and planted about a dozen flowers. and the ground cover, along with some sphagnum and some extra background material.


It is pretty sweet, it is like an instant garden!

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Now to give them maybe 3-4 days to see how they respond to the light, once i have everything dialed in and it all looks healthy i will start shooting. I changed from the MH bulb to the HPS bulb which is supposed to be better for flowering.


5/12/2014, results of latest test.

Here is the resulting footage from one solid week of growth. I work with a woman named Lori who was kind enough to give me some plants.  I am pretty excited about this test! The backdrop looks great, the movement of the camera looks excellent.  It was moving 2.75/1000th of an inch between every frame

Now is that for accuracy?  You will not find that movement resolution with any of the competition. 😉


Now that I am done patting myself on the back, everything went perfect. The new grow light made a HUGE difference, and i am hoping the output will be enough for the carnivorous set.  The camera triggered every single time, (plus 2 bonus frames that I deleted).  The lighting rigs worked, the Biolapse Control Module did its job.

My only complaint is the sphagnum moss moves a bit more than i wanted.  I will have to think the best way to tame that down. I am fairly sure it is a result of the day/night cycles.