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“The Holy Grail”

"The Holy Grail" is a term often used among time lapse photographers when referring to complete day to night transitions.  These are notoriously difficult and time consuming to pull off. When I first started this weird hobby of filming time, ...
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Project3 Part 2

This is turning out to be a super fun little project! Made some good progress. A lot of the parts are in, still waiting on the motors from OMC, and I just ordered the gearing (yikes those are expensive) from ...
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Project3 Part 1

I really like building robots. So I'm going to built another one.  I am going to call this Project3. While Otto was very expensive to build, and Lil' Wayne used parts I had laying around, I want to take the challenge ...
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Lots of things going on! Welcome!

Hello Everyone! I hope you are doing well! Things are going pretty good on my end. Lots of exciting things going on. I had recently released some footage of some plants I shot, and the videos really sort of took ...
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Flowers 4K

https://vimeo.com/224012672 Be sure to use full screen mode, this should be available to view in 4k. If you are a Vimeo hater, i have you covered on Youtube as well. Same Video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TFwpzVJx-U&t=21s This is sort of a rag-tag collection ...
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Artist or Engineer?

I love the challenges of shooting time lapse photography. I love building motion control rigs, building sets, working with all the equipment, and I love getting and reviewing the footage, but to be honest, I really do not enjoy editing ...
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Progress, Frustrations, DF4, eMotimo, stuff.

I am getting bored by flowers. And I am feeling pretty uninspired at the moment. I have been shooting flowers exclusively for months, and I have some pretty good footage racked up but nothing to do with it. I need ...
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BOTANICAL TIME LAPSE TIPS. Part 2. Shooting Concerns.

Hey Everybody! So in the last article I went over how to achieve good flicker free footage. But what of the studio?  How should things be setup? What sort of environment is best for the plants?  This can be a ...
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Botanical Time-lapse tips. Part 1) Dealing with Flicker

Hello folks! I hope you have all been well! It has been a little while since I put up a blog post. Lack of time would be the reason. Summer is coming, nurseries are selling more plants which are getting ...
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I already did that.

So sometimes I start a project and lose track of  SQUIRREL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAH.  I mean sometimes I get distracted and lose track of shit. For every 10 ideas i have of something I want to do, only 1-2 of them come to ...
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Shooting Wildflowers

Hey folks. I am currently out in Sedona Az on vacation. I always love this time of the year as the wildflowers are starting to bloom.  This week I have been using the Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 macro lens on ...
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BCM2

So my Biolapse Control Module has a relay that is starting to flake out. This is the 2nd time this has happened, but to be fair that relay has probably turned off 10-12k times in the past 2 years. It ...
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Planet Earth II

Planet Earth II I know a lot of people on the other side of the world have already seen all of these, but here in the US we are making our way through this series for the first time.  This ...
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Data organization

NERD WARNING. This is not a post with cool robotics, or botanical timelapse, or cats doing funny stuff. This is all about data. One of the least discussed but real challenges with time-lapse photography is data management. The fact is ...
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Virtual Studio Visit Part 1

https://vimeo.com/202567440 ...
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Biolapse Virtual Studio Visit.

Hey everyone. Normally while shooting I find myself with long periods where I cant do much but let the automation do its thing.  I thought it would be fun to grab footage for a virtual studio visit. This quickly became ...
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Maybe building again?

Hi folks. Wow its been over a month since my last post. I guess i just got caught up on things. A lot has happened. I turned 40, which was unexpected.  Been putting a lot of hours in at my ...
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Meet Otto

https://vimeo.com/197849080 My beloved Otto. How much I like this toy.  🙂 Otto is by far the most complex rig I have built. This is a photography robot with 8 degrees of movement. Using an overhead gantry system and an elevator ...
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Squashing Bugs!

Hello everyone! First off.  Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a good one. Pretty good on my side. I spoiled the crap out of my kid. Legos. 3DS. Go Kart. Clothes, more toys.  The real winner this Christmas in my ...
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Always gotta be sumthin

Yep. Cant just have shit work. Always running into issues. Om my third attempt for a timelapse in the last few days. Started on Dec 4th. Everything was setup and looking good. Back to the BCM for timing. Everything was ...
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Dragonframe’s DMC-16

Hi Folks. So i have a couple current problems that seem to stem from this Dragonframe DMC-16 SEE UPDATE 12/5/2016 at the end I figured i would spend some time going over it, what it can do, what it is ...
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Shooting with Otto

Quiet on the set! I had no illusions that building a system like this would be easy. Nor did I have any illusions that using a system like this would be easy either. For the past week I have been ...
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Project Otto session 9

Otto Works! Some people have asked about "Otto", its a nod to the Autopilot (Auto / Otto) on Wall-E, as it drops down from the ceiling and has a camera in the middle.  🙂 Other than running into a few ...
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Project Ottor Session 8

Hello Mom, Dad, and the other person who reads this. 🙂 Great progress this weekend. I got some cable tracks setup and re-cabled the entire rig so everything is nice and in its place. Z-Axis It is working!!!!! Mostly.  It works ...
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Project Otto Session 7

Huge progress. My apologies if anyone got this sent more than once. I ended up hitting publish instead of save draft but the website cranked it all out. Sorry about any confusion. I just finished a 10 day "staycation" in ...
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Project Otto Session 6

I am getting frustrated. So rather than get into the techie stuff immediately, here are some plants. Green guy just chilling outside the tupperware bin they call home.  Nice new pitcher saying "Hey, whassup" to one of my Droseras.  This ...
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Project Otto Session 5

Hello Folks! Shooting: For the past week I have been shooting a flowering Drosera Capensis, and a new pitcher on a Nepenthes Alta.  It is a simple setup, 2 plants, 2 cameras, no motion on these. Just selective camera angles ...
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Z-Axis problem

The Z axis problem. This one has been a tough nut to crack, but I believe I am finally on the right track. I want the camera to move up and down. This means I have to have a mechanical solution ...
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Results of First Dragonframe Biolapse

Hi everyone! SO the first test of 2 axis plus focus via emotimo and dragonframe is complete. Not perfect, but not half bad either. Check the video to see the results, followed by a BTS. https://vimeo.com/180445979 ...
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Biolapsing

Ok so its been forever since I put a video BTS up.  This is a bit long, but if you are into this stuff you will probably find it interesting. It covers the start of a shoot, plus 8 days ...
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Project Otto Session 4

Its been a busy but awesome weekend. 🙂 New Lens Ring First off, I am really excited about this thing. A while back Kyle had printed up some lens collars for me. The idea was to mount the lens to ...
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Project Otto Session 3

Hello everyone! First things first. I am now on Twitter. Lets see how this pans out.  Go follow me. @BiolapseFilms Yes, there is already a Biolapse on twitter. Turns out there is a musician that goes by that nomenclature. So I ...
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Project Otto Session 2

The new equipment has started to arrive 🙂 And it has become clear that this will be a lot of work on my end, as there are no good off the shelf systems capable of what I am doing.  Dammit ...
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Cleaning House

I am super excited to be back to shooting for myself again. So excited, that I immediately started shooting. The results were not too good because I found myself rushing and shooting for the sake of shooting. Not good. There ...
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Project Otto, Session 1

Good morning Everybody! I was hoping to write this up yesterday but i just got so busy. The prior project is 100% finished and paid up. Which means i have a nice budget to start working on a new motion ...
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Its been so long!

Hey Everyone! I know there are probable like 3 people who read any of this... (Hi mom, Hi Dad, Hi 3rd person) But I have to say I'm pretty excited. I have spent the last year filming for a major ...
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Long time no see! How about something different?

Hey everyone 🙂 Sorry it has been so long, i have been trying to enjoy the summer as much as possible, and i have been working on a paying gig that has taken quite a bit of my time.  Things ...
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Overcoming obstacles, happy with results.

Hello to my 3 readers! Short post today... I wish I had something pretty to show you today, but the studio has been in and out of commission. Overall I am pleased with how things have been going. Sony Debacles ...
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New toys for new projects!

It has been a pretty fun few weeks. I have a gig I am working on which I felt required a bit of an overhaul of the studio and my equipment.  I figured i would spend a little bit of time ...
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May 2015, Look what I did!

April Update First off, lets see the cool stuff.  Here is the results. I finished the meat of the blog post over a week ago, so this video is the result of the work with the turn table and a ...
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May Update! Techniques, Salvia biolapse, Mushrooms?

Hey everyone! TA-DAAAA!!!! https://vimeo.com/126557531 Lets start out with this video first and foremost i am pretty pleased with how it came out.  Read further down and i will discuss it in greater detail. Its been a little while since my ...
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Big news, a rant, mushroom update, and pretty yellow flowers.

Hello everyone! I have not said much the past few weeks as I have been on vacation in Sedona Az, hiking and relaxing. I did however spend quite a bit of time watching some Premiere Pro and After Effects tutorials ...
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Failures and Victories

Win some Lose some. So the pink flower was a total mess. The fact is sometimes plants just are not as cool as you would wish for. This is one of those times, pink flower just did not want to ...
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March Update.

I had started to write this blog post, and realized that I had too much for just one post. I am going to go ahead and do this post about mushrooms now, and there will be another post in a few days ...
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Time

TIME. First off, here is the results of my Blue Oyster test footage.  Ran 2 cams, Nasty flicker up front, bad lighting source. Other than that i am pretty happy with how things came out. https://vimeo.com/119783895 Time for Mushroomery Everything ...
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Status Update

I figure it is time for an update. The update is "bullocks" Been dealing with a sick kiddo quite a bit. Im a single father and my son is with me 50% of the time. He seems to pick up ...
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Pushing forward through the issues

So my first batch of mushrooms are incubating, despite a series of problems and setbacks. This weekend was pretty busy for me. Saturday I spent the day cleaning, and I also spend some time building one of the sets for this ...
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Iris Fail, Fungus Update, DIY Fill Lights, New workstation

Iris Failure So a part of education is failure. The Iris was a bomb due to both dumbass actions of my own and forces beyond my control. Here is how it went down. 1) Cheerfully and happily cleaned up the ...
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Dumb Rookie Mistake Day!

Well crap. Apparently it is Dumb Rookie Mistake Day here at the Biolapse project. I am working on Biolapse Episode 4. The mushroom stuff is going to take a while, I figure I should be filming something.  I got everything setup and running ...
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Biolapse Episode 3, Timelapse a Shitake. And news/updates.

Happy Holidays everyone! I present Biolapse, Episode 3.  RIght after the intro i have the results of the shoot, also at the end of the video, just in case you have no desire to listen to a fat guy drone ...
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I have my first mushroom!

It is just a single guy, and he is pretty small, but i do have a mushroom. This log may start sprouting all over the place after all Now the question is, which camera did this come from? Is this ...
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This log isnt doing Shitake.

So the Shitake log I was excited about is not doing what I had hoped. I read the instructions, followed them to a T... yet no mushrooms. It does not matter what new cool thing you are working on, this sort ...
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Biolapse Episode 2 is out!

This is the second part of the Christmas Cactus where i experiment with Chroma Key and traditional backdrops. Pretty happy with the results, they will not likely make it into any film, however the chance to work with this technique ...
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Biolapse Episode 1, Cactus and Chroma Key

Hello everyone! Here is Episode 1.  In this episode I am setting up to shoot a Christmas Cactus with some new lighting equipment, and I plan to give another attempt at Chroma Key work which i have struggled with in ...
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Shit is in the mail

I have new shit coming in the mail! Shitake mushrooms that is.  And some lighting gear. I have a theory about lighting and studio based timelapse. I dont think expensive equates to better. I think low power, consistent output, and ...
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Future of Biolapse

So it looks like Carnivora Gardinum was a hit. Lots of views, lots of exposure, very excited on how well it was received. I enjoyed the results and satisfaction of seeing my short film enjoyed by 160,000+ people, and that ...
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Carnivora Gardinum

Over a year of effort! months of building rigs, months of testing systems, months of working on technique, 107 days of shooting 24/7 with two cameras, weeks of editing, and it is finally complete! I present to you, Carnivora Gardinum ...
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So tired of editing.

I am almost done. I think. To be honest this is the first time i have put much effort into making any sort of a timelapse film.  I have made lots of test reels, so this is a bit new ...
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And thats a wrap!!!!!!

DONE! Here is the last frame I shot with the Biolapse set. 3 months of shooting, over 80gb of images and video. Done. Finally. ...... shit...... Now the process of assembling into the final video. Looks like i know what ...
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So much for my self imposed deadline 😉

Ok so it is October 22nd, and I am still shooting. I thought about this, and the self imposed deadline seems silly. The idea is to keep me from shooting for the next 3 months, however right now the plants look ...
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October 20th Deadline.

October 20th. That is my self imposed deadline, that gives me 16 days left with 2 cameras to grab the last of the footage i am looking for.  I have several shots i need to get by then, i want ...
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Soooo tired of shooting these plants.

Yep. The sexiness and glamour of filming these plants is wearing off. The last 10 -11 days  or so I have not been filming anything. The first 3 days were to give the plants a break and some real sunlight, the ...
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Wrapping up the shoot!

I am wrapping up the Carnivorous Garden shoot!  I have a few weeks of shooting left then it is time to move on. I have been spending some time working on this site, check on the menu on the right, ...
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Things are going great!

I dont know how well I can grow carniverous plans, but i am the king of growing sphagnum moss. this stuff i out of control, i started with a very tiny living piece and it is growing like crazy. I ...
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Been quiet huh?

Thats because i have been super busy. The Biolapse set is really rocking it right now. I just pulled a 4 day lapse of a Sundew and i must say it is probably one of the best plant timelapse clips ...
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Making some progress. Dealing with bugs.

An extremely large family of springtails had moved into the biolapse set. I think i got them, and im hoping for at least a few days of bug free shooting. I used dry ice to create a CO2 bath which ...
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First Teaser for the Carnivorous Garden! If this is your first time to the site, take a look around. I post my techniques, lessons learned and progress on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy! -Chris ...
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Shooting Carnivores!

Biolapse news update! 1) FINALLY shooting the carniverous plants! Im very excited to be shooting these. Its amazing how fast time can go by, and these plants require a dormancy period, so i had to get on it and fast ...
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BIG THINGS COMING!

You know what sucks? Having a killer idea and not being willing to talk about it I have a new camera coming, a used Fuji XM-1. I think this will be an ideal camera as it keeps it in the ...
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40 Days of shooting. Updates, Lessons learned.

So I am about 40 days into shooting the Sedum Tile set.  I have thousands of frames captured, things are moving right along. I decided to go over some of the lessons learned. 1)      Grow Lights For timelapse LED grow ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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New Light arrived!

Build seems pretty solid, it is certainly bright as hell. I have it installed, lets see how it performs ...
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I Killed my lights! ….. CRAP

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

Grrr.... 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 ...
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FIrst pull off the Sedum Tile set. Hmmmm….

So i pulled the first timelapse off the sedum tile set. I dont know what i want to do with the footage yet, the camera moved a total of 24 inches with a set of 1000 images. i think it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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5/8/2014 Red Dragon Venus Flytrap

So excited! It just arrived in the mail, excellent packing job too, everything was pretty much in order.  And boy he looks HEALTHY! Right now he will be sitting in quarantine to make sure he does not have any nasty ...
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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 ...
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Biolapse Control Module

Building a new timelapse controller So a couple weeks ago I had purchased some parts to use in construction of the next project greenthumb controller. I finally started building the thing. This is one of those cases where rushing will ...
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Biolapse History part 2

Moving on to Moss November 2013 There is certainly something wrong with my controller, it is some sort of a wiring problem but honestly im not too worried about it. I just run the output to the Chronocontroller, then out ...
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Biolapse History Part 1

Here is the content from my last blog on this, Ill cram everything in a single page and you can read it or not, i would like to show you the past stuff in better detail, but im really looking ...
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Biolapse rebuild

Ill be adding content over the next few days. I scrapped the old Biolapse site. Basically between Work, The Chronos Project, and life, I have been extraordinarily busy. I have been moving full steam at Biolapse, but the Biolapse webpage ...
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