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.




5/12/2014 Building Carniverous Set part 2

New set is coming along nicely.

And so is this blog. I may still work on some restructuring,  but this is incredibly less effort. And at this point, i need this to be simple.

SO… after a day of drying, i started using some painters tape to start building the area up. I did not want it solid foam, as i want to be able to access the grow ups from the back. . I decided to add in four grow zones.  Each grow cup has an inlet and outlet for watering from the rear so i do not have risk bumping or moving the plants once they are going.


Once the tape was in place i used more foam to build those areas up.


And here it is. I ran out of foam and will need to pick some more up. I am really please with the progress on this. Also, this is just a lot of fun!

I enjoy having creative outlets, I have always been pretty good at drawing, painting, sculpting, etc.  The foam is an incredibly easy medium to work with. Just spray it in, if some areas are too built up, no biggie, just use a bread knife and carve them down.


Here you can see one of the holes i put in the back of the setup where i can check the water levels. And as i mentioned earlier, there are two hoses in each up, one to add water in, and one to drain it out. So if i overfill by accident, no big deal. It also means i can keep the water fresh.


My Sundew!!!!!! Im so excited! I have wanted one of these for a long time now. Every time i got one it was destroyed in shipping.  THis one arrived in sorry shape, but it was alive. Apparently i have been doing something right because it has new leaves coming out covered in small red hairs with the little sticky glue on it. 🙂



I still have a lot of work ahead of me.  I need to finish the foam, texture, seal, and cover the set. i plan to add some sticks and branches, everything i can to create a set that looks like the real world.

I am about to go pull the memory card for the plants lori gave me. They really started to get big with this new grow light.  I think i am going to go pull the memory card in a little bit.  See how everything turned out


5/10/2014, Building Carniverous Set Part 1

Pretty excited!

The new light i am using has greatly increased the plants i have been filming. Getting closer to the carniverous plant set.

I recently found out a local nursery has some pitcher plants and flytraps on the way. I hope they dont mind if i clean them out.

I started working on the new set today, this will be a lot more ambitious with various grow cups in the set, as well as irrigation lines so i can add/remove water from behind.

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And this brings us to the present.

let me try to catch up a  bit.

From this point on everything here will be new content to this site.

I have been working pretty hard at this stuff, a LOT of failures but things are starting to turn around. Im not just taking 10 hour of timelapse of a plant under a simple light. I am running day/night cycles, watering times, all this is being orchestrated by the BCM which will change the entire lighting scheme just before it snaps a picture. I am also bringing movement into this, and to top it off i am trying to grow carnivorous plants in a basement in Colorado.

To call this ambitious is somewhat reserved. So cut me some slack 😉

The first flytrap died like a champ.

SO i knew i needed to only use distilled water, and to use pete/sphagnum mix. The problem was the mix had fertilizer which kills flytraps. Also, i was using tap water in the fogger. the minerals and additives in the tap water are not removed when the mist is formed, so basically i blew a toxic cloud of poisonous gas on the poor thing.

So i got some more flytraps, and managed to kill the next one as well. Once again to the Peat/sphagnum mix. Not untill yesterday did i noticed it had miracle grow additives. I did not even bother to stitch it together in a timelapse, the eMotimo i was using wasnt working right for me, probably my fault. And the keyframing on my chronos rail got wonky on me. Sometimes things just go to shit, not much you can do but take notes and learn.

So I had one flytrap left.  I figured it was a good idea to leave it be for now.

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Using some foam, cardboard, some wood, coconut fiber mix, dried sphagnum moss, and some super green fake moss from walmart, i built a backdrop.

i really did not expect it to look anywhere this good. I am already planning out the next one, which will be a full set with multiple tiers, watering system, etc, but this one is more than enough to do some shooting with.

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So i shot for several days, this time the plant lived. I kept ti in the sphagnum, bought enough distilled water at walmart people probably thought i was a doomsday prepper.

just a side note, yes, i use walmart ok? it is real close and only 63 cents per gallon of distilled water. and their fake ass moss is cheap too.

Anyway, the plant lived, but it sure did not move too much.

I think the issue was a lack of light. the 4x 4foot tubes are probably not enough unless they are laying on top of the plant.

I just picked up a 600 watt grow lamp though, it certainly charged the plants im growing right now.

So this is about where I am with this stuff I have 4 flytraps in a single pot, a new Sundew plant that is recovering shipping nicely, and some live sphagnum that i am trying to get to grow. I have a Red Dragon flytrap that should be here any day.


And down stairs i am currently shooting some plants with the new grow light, i cant remember the name of the plants, but im really stoked with how they are going.  A friend from work gave me these plants, she  knows a lot more about botany than i do, and it looks like a good recommendation. Ill find out the name and update it with the results.

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