For the past year I have been looking for a way to get a time-lapse video posted on our website. Last week during our Tuesday staff meeting our ace crime reporter, Emily Gillespie, mentioned she was working on a story about dangerous intersections in Benton County. This was my chance. The plan was to run the story on Thursday or Friday. I didn’t have much time. Right after the meeting, I met with Emily to get the list of intersections and then scouted locations Tuesday night. The north side of the Harrison Boulevard bridge provided a nice view of the intersection with Northwest Third Street.
Wednesday night after rush hour, I slipped out of the office for an hour to shoot the time-lapse. The plan was to shoot four-second exposures and pause for a second and start the next exposure. It might have been the cold or an error on my part, the camera stopped at close to 200 exposures. I quickly changed the exposure to two seconds and then a one-second pause and started again. The second try yielded close to 300 exposures. After downloading the images to my computer, I made an action in Photoshop to crop and color correct the images. The images were then loaded into Quicktime Pro and turned into a video file.
Thursday morning at work, the clips were loaded into iMovie for editing. The two clips were only about 30 seconds of video, and I wanted the video to last a minute. The problem was solved by running each clip twice. If you look closely, you will see the same northbound train twice in the video. The titles and music were added and the video was uploaded to the site Thursday afternoon, the story ran on the front page of Friday’s Gazette-Times.
This was a fun project. Even though the time schedule was tight, I hope to do more in the future. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know.