The final edit of my Trinidad timelapse adventure has been loaded up on Vimeo and will be made public when I finish this blog post. This was the first time I attempted doing a project of this size and I think there were a lot of lessons learned to apply to my future projects, both timelapse and otherwise.
I definitely had a lot of fun liming with Anthony and some other friends and family who joined me for various parts of the journey. When I think back at all the places we visited I am amazed that we covered so many, but there is so much more to discover. There are definitely some really amazing places on the island. My second time around I definitely will have to spend much longer, not just to timelapse, but to scout locations, which we really didn’t get a good chance to do.
It was awesome using KesslerCrane gear in Trinidad. I don’t know with absolute certainty, but I think we might have been the first to use KC gear on the island. The KC gear was rock solid as always, loved the flexibility of the Shuttle Pod system and the K-Pod can really take a beating! The only issue we had was with the Revolution Head, during daytime timelapses we didn’t seem to have any issues, but for evening/night timelapses we could never seem to calibrate it well enough to capture a smooth TL. We looked at all the tutorials, but still no luck. However, we didn’t get a chance to utilize the shoot move shot capability of the Kessler Oracle and Camera Control Module, so that may solve the issue. I’m gonna check with the Kessler Crane crew this week about the issue, their Customer Service is top notch!
I would have loved to do even more in my short stay, but the weather hindered our progress on a few locations and I also had to take my Day 4 “off” after just getting literally burnt out from two 12-hour days almost all of which were in the Sun (boy I’m getting old) 🙂
All in all we shot at 7+ locations in Trinidad, these are the ones that made it in the video:
Downtown, Port of Spain, North-West
Hindu Temple, Waterloo, West-Central
Maracas Beach, North-West Coast
Mt. Hololo, Cascade, North-West
Mt. St. Benedict, North-Central
Orange Valley, Waterloo, West-Central
I am amazed and excited that this is just the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more to discover and explorer. I can’t wait to have my 2nd go at TLing Trinidad, and that’s not even including making a trip to the equally beautiful sister island of Tobago.
So after about 25,000+ stills, 25+ hours of post processing, and 8 drafts, here is the video of my 1st attempt at timelapsing through Trinidad.
A very, very special thanks to Anthony, who shot half of the footage in the video and for accompanying me on my epic adventure. Also special thanks to Lorraine, whose house we over-nighted at in Toco, which allowed me to get my first decent astro-lapse. And great thanks to all my friends and family who made my brief stay back home so Awesome 🙂
P.S. Personally, I think that my music choice for the video was more epic that some of our TL clips, but hey I wanted something to aspire too, and I already had purchased it from MusicLoops 🙂
Thanks for reading my ramblings. Hope you enjoy the photos and video.