Current Updates, and I need money.

So i pulled my memory card today, and i am pretty stoked on what i have so far. It is some pretty solid footage.  I am not 100% sold on this LED light yet.

Here are a couple pics of the setup.


My DIY Light modifiers. A simple cardboard box on the LED panel make for a very simple set of barn doors.

Sitting on the table i have a loop of galvanized steel with pieces of tape and rubber gloves tied all over it.

I was out hiking this morning and noticed that a lot of flowers and plant life are in sort of mottled light from larger plant and trees casting shadows.  I had noticed something seemed to be a bit off on my prior lapses, the lighting was so even and flat it looked a bit artificial.

I whipped this up and instantly i love the effect, i plan to shoot this scene for about three days

The image below shows a frame it had just captured, looking good.



AND THAT brings me to my next point. I need money. I need at least 2 more of these grow lights and another Fuji Xe-1 body. Luckily all of them are somewhat inexpencive, however I just went through a gauntlet of bills. Birthdays, mother/fathers day, new roof on the house, my sons birthday extravaganza, daycare, child support, mortgage, and a few other things.  It has drained me pretty dry.

The Chronos Project has sponsored some money to offset the cost, but by in large this has all been out of pocket.

I am thinking of doing an Indiegogo fund raiser to see if i can drum up some interest for people to sponsor me.  I would really like to get sponsored by some grow light manufacturers and i can do some A-B comparisons for them to show their customers on plant growth.  The only thing that sucks about that route is the amount of work involved. We have run a successful kickstarter campaign, and while it was fun it was a lot of work to get all the material together.

So let me put up a shopping list in case any rich philanthropist wants to help me out.

Light House Hydro Blackstar 240w LED light

Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 (used)

Fuji XE-1 (used)

I have a couple other ideas that i think will really blow everyones mind, but that would be at least another 800-900 bucks. I think ill wait until i get some overtime from work.





New Test Reel

So i am trying to see if i can score a sponsor for plant lighting, the idea is if a light company sponsors me with some lights i can demonstrate A vs B brand comparisons they can use for marketing.  In order to do this i need to get some more footage out, so i put together this demo reel. it is nothing spectacular but shows some of my work so far.

I Killed my lights! ….. CRAP


I made a poor judgement call, and purchased the following a few weeks ago.

iPower 600w Digital grow lights

There is nothing inherently wrong with this product, one of the bulbs was DOA, but a replacement was quickly ushered out.

When i first set it up, WOW, what a difference it made. Plants when from a level of stasis to growing like crazy.

The other day i checked on the set, and noticed more often than not the bulb was NOT on. It would be warm, i figured sometimes it would turn on and sometimes it would not, no big deal, until it got to the point where i could not get it up and running at all.

I discussed this with a friend of mine who is a lighting tech, apparently these HID light systems are NOT intended to be on/off/on/off, considering my last timelapse ran 1,000 frames that is more than it should be turned on and off in several years.

This is my own failure for not doing enough reading on this type of light.

I have a new light that should be in today, hopefully this gets me back shooting. We will see. The biggest issue right now is budget. Most of what is within my budget are chinese knockoffs, the good stuff costs $500+ which is out of my range.. I spend quite a bit of time looking at LED lighting and finally settled on a brand,  Dirt Genius. I have seen some speculation they are cheap chinese rebranded blackstars, whatever that means. However when looking up the company it seems they are actually a newer company out of California.

I figure if nothing else they are worth a test drive.

Dirt Genius on Amazon

Dirt Genius

Right now my 4ft x 4 bulb T5 fixture is sitting about 6 inches above the set, trying to keep the plants from dying out on me.

BCM is about to be given to my friend for target practice.


Probably a faulty potentiometer. It keeps kicking itself out of a routine. Ill probably pull it off tomorrow and work on the code, give it a hard start to force it to stay in the run mode. If it keeps messing up then ill have to look at the 12v power source.  Something is acting a little bit wonky.

UPDATE 6/5/2014
I Think the issue was from the draw of the 1Power 600w system pulling enough power to drop the voltage across the BCM’s brain, which would kick it out of its routine and put it in standby. I altered the code to keep it running when activated, and the iPower 600w system is not longer connected and everything is running fine.

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