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Time-lapse Photography at Nicola Lake

I thought it would be fun to make a few quick, experimental attempts at time-lapse photography over my long-weekend vacation to Lake Nicola September 4th – 6th. I’ve been meaning to try time-lapses for a while and I was even more psyched to do them after my last successful foray into landscape photography.

The first was taken while we stopped for lunch on the way there. We stopped at almost the highest elevation on the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, where the toll booth used to be. The clouds were moving quite fast and I captured one frame every 5 or 6 seconds for about 20 minutes.

The next two were shot from roughly the same area – the beach in front of the cabin we stayed in. As you can see, the weather wasn’t the greatest but it made for some pretty dramatic cloud movements. I also love the way the light runs across the hills on the other side of the Lake Nicola. Sadly, I bumped the tripod while we were relaxing on the beach for one of these, but hey, it was just an experiment. And it still turned out pretty cool.

For this last shot, we decided to turn the camera around and do a time-lapse with the cabin in the photo. I wanted to see what it would look like with the focus on the movement of the plants and trees moving in the wind. It ended up being not quite as interesting as I thought it would, but when the sun emerges from the clouds, suddenly backlighting the trees, it looks pretty cool.

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