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Mt. Nebo Sunset via Time Lapse Photography

I’ve seen some very interesting time lapse projects online recently, so I thought I’d try my hand at one today. I drove up to Mt. Nebo State Park in order to photograph the sunset. When I got there, the wind was blowing hard and the clouds were moving in, which are perfect conditions for a time lapse photo. The movie below was created from 740 individual pictures taken over a 50 minute period just before dusk. I took about one picture every two seconds and composed this movie with Quicktime Pro. The trick to doing these right is putting your camera on manual and adjusting the exposure and shutter speed to get the effect you want. Dragging the shutter works best if you can do this. I set my initial exposure too fast and was stuck with this for almost an hour. You need to think about what that first exposure should be in order to get the best end results. Next time, I’ll set my exposure a little slower than what I did for this (1/20 sec @ f22).

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Nutria vs. Alligator vs. Turtle…

Today, I traveled to AR Post in order to continue to put my new camera (5dII) through its paces. It was fairly warm today (mid 70s), so I knew I’d probably find some alligators down there and I did. Something crazy unfolded right in front of me today that’s hard to believe. I stopped my truck when I saw an alligator sunning on top of a nutria nest near the road. These guys usually don’t move much but I thought I’d hang out for awhile to see if he’d become active. I hadn’t been waiting long (about 30 minutes) when a nutria cruised nearby and decided to sit on a nest about 18 inches away from where the 4-foot alligator lay. I thought this nutria was pretty brave for doing this but it’s next move made me realize that the nutria wasn’t brave but stupid. He decided the nest he was in wasn’t comfortable enough so he attempted to take the nest the alligator was on. Needless to say, this didn’t work and you can see in the photo that the alligator didn’t budge a bit.

After waiting for about a second or two the nutria finally realized that he wasn’t going to win this battle and swam back to his nest. Upon his return though, a red-eared slider had claimed the nutria’s nest but this was a battle he could win.

It didn’t take him long or much effort to push this turtle off his nest.

The alligator though, thought this was funny and ended up getting the last laugh….
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