Constructed a camera dolly over the Thanksgiving weekend. My brother-in-law, grandfather-in-law and I constructed the dolly in two days. All material was salvaged from scrap with the exception of the geared sprockets. We performed a dry run and the results were encouraging. Still need to work out some kinks with the gearmotor and controls. Hope to have a timelapse test video soon.
I've been working out the kinks with my DIY dolly. Power issues, transport issues, etc.
Took the dolly out for it's first nighttime mission this weekend. Temperatures were frigid . . . -5F to 0F. The wind was howling at times, as evidenced by the shake at about 3 seconds in the video below.
Rigged up a sled to transport everything by split board.
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very cool! i've been looking into making something like this.
what camera are you using? I just got the d7000 and haven't shot a TL yet, but I shot several with my d5000 and had ton's of flickering issues. some days it was worse then others with the same settings. I couldn't quite put my finger on how to control it.
The best advice to avoid flicker is manual EVERYthing. Manual exposure, manual white balance, and manual focus. Also some Nikons have an "Active D-Lighting" setting. This should be set to "OFF". The guys over at the timescapes.org forum have a lot on info and suggestions on flicker. Seems like canons have the edge on Nikon in the flicker category, but I love the nikkor glass. The slider is a lot of fun. I built it on a "beer budget" but it serves the purpose.
Tried a portrait orientation on this one. The dolly performed well in the wind, but I still had to cut about 5 seconds from the end of the clip due to dolly shake. It takes a lot of wind to move this thing . . . 35 mph gusts?
Also got a pretty decent shot of the "Spooky Face" on Nez Perce