[Time Lapse] Picturesque Thunderstorm Forming and Ending During Sunset

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  1. Mike Z

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    To get this view of such a storm is rare for where I live.

     
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  2. Marc R. O'Leary

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    Nice work Mike!

    May I ask what camera you use and what settings you use to get these shots? Thanks!
     
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  3. Mike Z

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    Thank you! This will probably surprise you.. I captured that with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4! It was set to 30 frames per second of footage.
     
  4. Marc R. O'Leary

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    Actually it doesn't surprise me. Phone camera tech is getting very good. I keep meaning to try a lapse on my phone. I even bought a tripod mount for it over the winter.
     
  5. Mike Z

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    The Note series have decent cameras. Yea, a tripod would be good. I improvised, heh..
     
  6. Marc R. O'Leary

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    Well...improvisation is a key element to chasing nature.
     
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  7. Mike Z

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    True.. having a good sense of direction is an important part of it too.
     
  8. Jeff Duda

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    So was it a lapse captured entirely by the device's software or did you just take video from it and then use third-party software to create the lapse?
     
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    It was captured completely by the Note 4. I didn't do any post-processing other than trimming and combining two clips together. The first part of the video is looking west and the second part is looking northeast.
     
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    Which device app did you use? Does the camera have a specific "lapse" function? I have a Samsung Galaxy S7. The camera has a "hyperlapse" mode which can do time lapse, but I am not satisfied with the functionality since it changes the speed of the lapse depending on whether the sensor is capturing a changing environment, and as far as I'm aware you cannot control the speed changes. So when I try to take lapses they change speed capriciously and it doesn't look very good. Was wondering if your device behaved similarly or not.
     
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  11. Mike Z

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    I use the stock camera app. The time-lapse mode is called "Fast motion".

    Mine doesn't change the speed while recording. I have 4 options: "3 times faster, 6 times faster, 15 times faster, 30 times faster". You probably know this, but those just equate to how many frames are used per second of video footage.

    I don't understand why they would program it how you described. Maybe you can change an option to have total control?
     
  12. Mike Z

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    @Jeff Duda My wife has an S7. I see there's an "auto" option within the hyper-lapse mode, but if you change it from that to one of the other settings, it should work how you want it to.
     
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