Starlapse, Canon LP-E6 Battery Adapter Testing & Lens Heater Shakedown…

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We, after yesterdays little project of putting a battery adapter together for the DSLR  and being presented with a night of clear skies it would have been rude not to venture out and put some kit to the test…

Armed with my Canon 60D, Canon 24-105L, Battery adapter, Lens Heater (Pt 1, Pt 2 & Pt 3) and Nvidia Shield tablet running qDSLRDashboard, i headed out to a secluded spot to capture a star/moon timelapse…

Not many photos being pitch black out, but you can see qDSLRDashboard here doing it’s magic, while it comes in to it’s own for holy grail day to night or night to day timelapses, it also serves well as an intervalometer with remote monitor, add a 5m USB cable and you can monitor you images from in the warm if needed…

For me, being out in the wilderness is far to much like camping to resist firing up my Alpkit BruKitJackal and getting a brew on the go, cup of tea in hand I also decided to have something to eat…

With warmth now in my belly it was time to get cosy while the timelapse runs it’s course, the temperature outside was 4 degrees C so some creature comforts were called upon… There are definitely perks to owning a huge car… Airbed, Sleeping bag, warm and cosy…

Just short of 3 hours later I had all the images that i wanted and it was time to pack up and head home, my battery adapter performed faultlessly and will need just a few small bits done to complete it, glue the potentiometer in place so the voltage can’t get adjusted by accident, and shrink wrap to give it a bit of protection, simple jobs…

I am also impressed with the lens heater which performed well, the camera was covered in moisture but the lens remained fog free, I do still have a few changes that i want to make to it (HERE), but it works which is half the battle, the rest is just refinements…

Back home and in the warm, all images are copied from my memory card into Adobe Lightroom, no need for LRTimelapse on this occasion as all images are 13 Seconds, F4.0, ISO1600 so no exposure changes to track…

Edited and cropped in Lightroom, then exported as lossless TIFFS for processing in to a video clip…

The images were then imported as a sequence in to Adobe After Effects and noise reduction applied, 1600ISO is always pushing it for a crop sensor but the results can beamed to be good. The only downside is the processing time and i prefer the noise reduction in After Effects over that in Lightroom…

Once exported from After Effects, the video is Imported in to Premiere Pro, my intro and outro added and an audio track…

Then uploaded on here, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for the world to see…

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Until Next time…

Paul

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