Recording the May Day Event in Priory Park

On May Day this year the Friends of Priory Park here in Dudley organised an event with some performances, display stands etc. The weather was very kind – continuous sunshine, though some very strong gusts of wind did cause some alarm for the marquees. As usual with such FoPP events I tried to make a record with stills and video, and for the first time I tried some time lapse photography as well.

This was the first time I had tried time lapse, and I guess it shows. Although the result is usable (see the FoPP web site), in retrospect I would have done some things differently, notably setting the interval to more like 3 seconds rather than 6, and shooting from more positions, and perhaps at a longer focal length for this kind of event. Ideally I would have liked to have used more than one camera, but the need to stay close enough to avoid the equipment going for a walk was a consideration. The time lapse was all shot on the old Panasonic G1, in medium resolution JPEG, using a third party external release with a built-in timer as a trigger., and with the Panasonic 14-45 lens. I processed the images using Lightroom and a plug-in for generating video from the time-lapse images.

The video was shot on the Panasonic GH2 with 14-140 lens, and some stills were shot on this as well, the rest of the stills being shot on the GH1 with a 14-42 lens. The bright sun and heavy shadow in shaded areas made exposure a real problem. Aside from the time lapse, the rest of the material suffered seriously from a lack of planning – I shot quite a lot of material, but in the absence of a plan it is difficult to put it together to make any meaningful final video.

Two results of the event are that I got quite sunburned, and also the back and legs are worse again as a consequence of being on my feet for 10 hours, helping to assemble marquees, and lugging tables and chairs around.

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About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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