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Gold Beach Sunsets 2012 — photo 1 of 22:
On this page is a fourteen-second time-lapse video made from 54 individual photos I took over a period of about eight minutes as the sun was setting at Gold Beach, on the southern coast of Oregon, in May 2012.

While I was capturing these images, it never occurred to me to combine them into a time-lapse video — I only thought of it a couple of months later when I started preparing them for this photo album. Therefore, I made some mistakes in shooting which caused the video to turn out not as good as it could have, and made the creation of the video much more difficult.

For one thing, when taking photos for a time-lapse video you're NOT supposed to move the camera during the sequence of pictures. Even though the camera was on a tripod, I did end up moving it slightly a few times during the shooting. This made it a lot harder to align the photos properly for the video.

Secondly, for the smooth movement of objects in the video, you're supposed to take the photos at a regular interval. But since I wasn't planning on using these images for time-lapse, I took them haphazardly. Sometimes there was a 40-second gap between photos, sometimes there was only a two-second gap, with a wide-variety of intervals in between. This accounts for the jerky, uneven movement of the sun in the video. Oh well, better luck next time! Plan ahead, stay ahead!

Still, I think the video turned out pretty good. The ever-changing shape of the sun as it plunges into the sea is amazing, and seems totally unreal! The opening measures of Bach's Allemande from the Cello Suite No.5 In C Minor (BWV1011) adds a nice touch, and its rhythm complements the movement of the sun.

Camera used: Sony Alpha α77 with Sony G-Series 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
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