For a month now, I have been trialing a new long term time-lapse camera.  The TikeePRO2+ was designed by Enlaps, a Kickstarter project coming out of France a few years ago.  It has taken off and so I’m pleased to be an ambassador for their camera.  It’s completely self sufficient with a solar panel to keep the camera functioning through all temperatures.  Connected via 4G, a SIM card ensures pictures are sent to their server twice daily. I can see the latest images added to an ongoing time-lapse.  The camera is fully weatherproof with two lenses providing a full 220 degree field of view.   The dashboard below uses software that stitches left and right images together from each lens.  A picture is taken every 10 minutes from 8am to 5pm and yields 2 seconds of footage each day.  Check it out the playback window on the left in the dashboard and see the snow come and go.  Also, further down this page, you will also see the TikeePRO2+ in camouflage.

Happening right now is Matariki which signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster, or Pleiades.  With that in mind, Central Otago photographers were invited to present their work at the Winterstellar exhibition of astrophotography and videography.  It is about space, the stars and what we can see just by looking toward the night sky.  I have a show reel with some of my Central Otago night sky scenes which will be on display at the Central Stories Museum, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, through to 28 August 2020.  I will also be giving a presentation on shooting time-lapse.  Check out the Winterstellar website here.

While I’ve been living here in Central Otago for over 2 years now, I’ve been wanting to pull together a short show reel of some of my favorite Central Otago clips.  Up to this time, I have not produced anything to showcase this region.  That is, up to now.  The 12 scenes in this short movie I’ve titled ‘Seasons and Skyscapes’ are only some of what the region has to offer.  Check it out below.  I hope you like it.

Here’s a few more teaser clips and what other work I’ve been up to lately.  From left to right, a sunset time-lapse, the TikeePRO2+ long term time-lapse camera in camouflage, and a 17 hour overnight time-lapse.

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And now a parting note on money, something I really don’t like to talk about. Recently, Shutterstock who used to sell my stock time-lapse announced they were restructuring their commission rates for contributors.  I had joy removing all my content from their servers and closing my account. They were selling my clips for as low as fifty-two cents. It was sheer greed on their part and ignoring contributors efforts to make quality content.  Time-lapse should be worth way more than a video file just because of the amount of work involved.

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