Coffs Harbour Jetty Dawn (Time Lapse)

A very cold winters morning welcomed me for this weeks image. I wanted to capture in one frame multiple iconic tourist hot spots for Coffs Harbour. Those being the Jetty, the Marina and Mutton Bird Island.

The Coffs Harbour Jetty was originally built in 1892 . It was used for Commercial shipping until 1974 when trade ceased to run from the Coffs Harbour port. The Jetty slowly fell apart which led to its eventual closer due to public safety concerns in 1990. But 6 years on it was restored to all of its glory using the same construction methods and materials used 100 years ago.

This week I decided to try my first ever DSLR time lapse. And to make it a little more interesting I decided to make it a HDR time lapse.  I setup the tripod with the composition I liked and  set my intervalometer to take 3 bracketed exposures (+2, 0, -2) every 12 seconds. You can see that early on the sky certainly wasn’t anything spectacular and that the vibrant colours did not arrive till almost 20 minutes after sunrise. It realy proves that you should stick around and see what happens on bleak looking mornings.

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I batch processed the HDR files with Photomatix and then using Adobe Lightroom 2 I made a few changes and then exported the images as jpegs so that I could open them in Windows Live Movie Maker. I set the individual images display time to 0.1 of a second.

I hope you enjoy my first ever DSLR time lapse and I would love to hear your feedback on it.

So what do you think?