Just one of my camera tests was to try the FujiFilm X-E1 for some time-lapse work. The X-E1 has no built in interval timer like so many other cameras but luckily it has a remote/mic socket that can be used to trigger the shutter.
This clip of over 2000 images was made over a 2 hours period. Clearly the sunlight varies a lot in the background and I wanted to see how the X-E1 would handle this.

Fujifilm X-E1 – 35mm 1.4 (at 2.8) – ISO400

tulips from stillmation on Vimeo.

  • Nathan Kaso - What did you use to trigger the shutter?

  • Rob Mitchell - Nathan, I used an MX2 controller to trigger the camera via the remote jack.

Up until now I have been shooting a lot of high quality interactive 360˚ Panoramas for various industries such as the aviation, automotive and interior architecture. These panoramas are designed to run either online via a browser or mobile on a tablet device. Although the resolution of the final image is high, I wanted to take it a step further into ultra-high resolution panorama images that can be used for large scale printing.

Below is a test I made using some new hardware that can create ridiculously high resolution images, efficiently and accurately.

If you or your company needs either  interactive 360˚ Panoramas or ultra high resolution images for printing. Feel free to get in touch.

 
Here is a view of Antwerp, reduced to 900px to fit on the page layout. The original file is ‘just’ 65000px wide. With a different hardware setup this pixel-count could be a lot bigger.
The arrow points to an area detailed in the last image of this series.

 

 

This is a crop of 25% of the full sized panorama.

 

This is a 1:1 crop of the Antwerp panorama showing the MAS museum in the far distance. Bearing in mind this was shot with some haze in the air, shot on a good day the detail levels would be even higher. Shot with a different hardware setup, we’d even see details inside that building.

 

  • supermasj - Impressive is the right word, Rob

I’ve been testing the new Nikon D5200 for an upcoming article in Shoot. It’ll be published shortly but I just wanted to post a very short time-lapse that I made with the D5200 and it’s built in interval timer. The interval timer is a function that is included in a lot of cameras now, but how many people actually use it?

The images in the sequence were shot in JPG and the only processing was to crop them and compile them into the video. No further post production or manipulation. I’m quite impressed with the dynamic range of the basic JPG output.

  • paul bates - Interesting, I have a D5200 and it produces awful interval work, every image has different exposures, despite setting everything to manual, maybe I have a bad camera, your shots here look perfect!

    Paul

  • Rob Mitchell - that’s odd. Unless there was some dramatic lighting changes during the shots it should all remain the same. You had everything manual, Auto ISO was off and Auto WB too?

 

As a small interlude from my photography gear posts I thought I might add a quick post about something completely different.

For a while now I’ve been looking for a simple audio solution for in the kitchen. We had a cranky old portable radio/CD player in there that needed a thump every now and then to work.
In my office listen to music either through iTunes Match or TuneIn app on the iPad. All piped though an AV receiver and monitor speakers on my desk.
The living room is catered for with a nice AV setup and AppleTV for connectivity to various devices which left the kitchen/2nd sitting room with nothing.

My brief was simple. A small speaker system that could sit unobtrusively in the kitchen and play from any AirPlay device.

After some searching I found that JBL had a new product called the SoundFly. A small speaker system that filled my brief, and then some. I’d assumed that I would at least need a transformer or battery powered setup but the SoundFly went one better. It plugs directly into and 110/220vAC wall outlet. No wires, no cables. Perfect. Available in AirPlay or Bluetooth connectivity, just about any portable device can play though the SoundFly. The SoundFly ‘only’ offers 2 x 10w but to my untrained audio ear the sound quality is fabulous and more than enough power to drown out the noise of an active kitchen.
JBL also have a handy free App, JBL OnBeat. It isn’t an essential but it offers a simple interface to iTunes Match or other music stored on your device.

Winning points as far as I’m concerned.

  • No cables at all.
  • € 100,00 cheaper than a similar Sonos setup
  • JBL Pedigree

A short video test to compare the audio out of the iPad Mini and the JBL SoundFly Air.
Recorded with a Nikon D800 and hotshoe mounted Rode Video mic linked direct to the camera.

  • Wolf - If you want something that doesn’t invade your precious wall sockets a Big Jambox is the way to go. It’s relatively pricy though.

  • MC Horner - I think I saw Ferris Bueller run through your kitchen during this test. Sounds great but it’s using one plug and blocking the other. I’ll have to stick with the iPod and earbuds.

  • Rob Mitchell - :) It fits in the bottom one too, Just put it in the top one for the clip.

  • Staf Devriese - Hey Rob,

    We have practically the same situation in our house/kitchen, so thanks for this information. Gonna take a look at this :-)

Up until yesterday there have been 2 things I hadn’t done in a long time.

1. Relax.
2. Go back to my roots.

Two Things that were remedied  yesterday with a brief trip to London, combined with a few hours of just walking around town and making photos for nobody else but me.

I met up with a couple of colleague photographers, Matt and Pete to do nothing more than relax, catch up with life and make photos of the London streets. All 3 of us had our Fujifilm cameras with us. I had my X-Pro1, Pete his X-Pro1 plus X-E1 and Matt his X100.

If you haven’t yet tried shooting with one of the ‘X’ series from Fujifilm and are looking for a camera that is different, lighter, less imposing but not as petite as a Micro 4/3 camera, give the one of the X’s a go. The image quality is stunning and being slightly bigger than M4/3 cameras, they feel better in the hand. Handling is an acquired taste and can be frustrating when you’re handling a DSLR day-in and day-out, but most people who have used an ‘X’ have enjoyed it. Shooting with a Fujifilm system camera is a breath of fresh air. Simple.

Enough wordage, a few images from my X-Pro1 follow.

  • Tyrone Shoelace - I’m guessing the tea DID NOT have any ice cubes in it whatsoever.

  • tch - Absolutely stunning pictures!

  • Andre - Really nice and crisp images! I’m sure you had fun ;-)