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Fun With An Intervalometer

A while back I picked up a neat little toy for any amateur photographer and/or nerd with a camera, an Aputure intervalometer.

This little guy set me back about 40 bucks on Amazon...

This little guy set me back about 40 bucks on Amazon…

Might not look like much, hell, it isn’t much, but it does let you do a couple of pretty neat little tricks.

The main reason I got this thing was for time lapse photography.  As the name suggests, with an intervalometer you can set up your camera and set the timer to take a picture at whatever delay and interval you choose.

Now, I admittedly don’t know much about photography, I just like to take pictures of shit, so it was a pleasant surprise when I found out that the device will also let you do super long exposure stuff.  The limit on my Nikon D90 is 30 seconds; with the intervalometer you can go up to 30 minutes, or just use it as a ‘bulb’ and have the shutter open as long as you depress the button.  Pretty cool for taking pictures of stars and shit at night.

Anywho, here’s a few pictures I took over the last couple days…

Long exposure shot - Boulder

Set everything up just outside my office window. Shutter was set to auto, had the camera take a picture every 6 seconds. Got lucky a few times and ended up with a couple of pretty cool shots as it got darker and the shutter slowed down…

Long exposure shot - Boulder, Colorado

One more.

Long exposure shot - Stars - Mountains, Colorado

Took this one up at my old man’s place in the mountains. This is a 15 minute exposure time to try to get the stars. I still need to practice a bit, but kind of a cool shot.

Long exposure shot - Stars - Mountains, Colorado

10 minutes this time, unfortunately, it was starting to get a little cloudy, so not so much on the stars…

And that’s all for today…  I’d best get to work.  But come back and see me, I have some pictures from this weekend’s 24-hour trip to Miami coming soon….

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton


Filed under Randoms, The Sights

An Evening On the Roof of K’s China

It’s been an absolutely beautiful week out here on the front range of the Rocky Mountains.  As such, I spent Wednesday afternoon and evening at my local watering hole of choice, K’s China.  It’s the place to be on a nice day in Boulder, Colorado, with a rooftop that has views of The Flatirons, and damn near the whole town.

Couple that with some pretty cheap drinks and a friendly bar-staff I’ve known for years, and you get by far my favorite place to throw down a Corona or seven and enjoy some sunshine.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a little bit of a time-lapse photography kick recently.  Only I wasn’t doing actual time-lapse stuff, I was more taking a shitload of pictures and putting them into a super-fast slide show.  So I did a little bit of research, got myself a cheap intervalometer, set up the tripod and decided to give it a shot.  This is my first attempt at this, and there’s a few things I can improve upon, but it’s a start, and it’s a good way to watch the sun go down from the K’s rooftop without having to come to Boulder.  Have a look.

Back to Germany tomorrow.

-B. Littleton


Filed under The Videos

The Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado

So I’m out of crazy cool pictures from Europe to post for the time being, and that left me wondering what the hell I would post for the next week or so before I head back to Germany.  On my way to work yesterday, it occurred to me that I’ve spent the last 10 years living in and around Boulder, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  It also occurred to me that I’ve grown almost complacent about the beauty that surrounds me when I actually have the opportunity to be at home, and that other people, well, other people aren’t lucky enough to see this every day.

So this morning as I stumbled out the door, I grabbed the camera, and headed west on the back roads towards the office.  It wasn’t hard to find a good place for an impromptu photo shoot.  I barely had to get out of the truck.  So here’s a few pictures of the Flatirons, Boulder’s famous, and incredibly beautiful mountains and rock formations.

Here's where I stopped. Didn't even have to leave the parking lot.

Nerdy as it might be, I think this marked the first time I actually turned off the full auto mode, and used the rather intimidating settings on my D-SLR to improve the quality of my pictures. Here's before I adjusted the white balance...

And here's after. Hey, I'm learning.

It's postcard pretty.

About a half-mile down the road I saw these guys and pulled over...

I forget how lucky I am. This is just on the way to work. I hope Colorado will forgive me my transgressions for becoming desensitized...

I suppose one benefit of all the travel is it does tend to renew one’s appreciation for home.  And although we might not have the astonishing architecture and beautiful centuries-old cities of Europe, we do have this going for us.  Which is nice.

-B. Littleton


Filed under The Sights, The Sights of Home