This past Friday my brother and I made the trek out to Trammell Crow Park near the Trinity River for a timestack photography project, where I’d heard was a great spot to get photos of the Dallas skyline. Of course using google maps as a guide it, it dropped us off right in the middle of a bridge with the park below us and seemingly no way to get there, and after driving around for 20+ minutes we finally figured out that due to construction there were no roads actually leading to the park, so we parked as close as we could and make the hike over a couple hills and finally arrived right at sunrise. I was really hoping for quite a few more clouds to try out the timestack technique that I’d been working on but I ended up getting some great shots anyways!
For the featured image above, taken with my Canon 60d and the new Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens around 30-45 minutes after sunrise, I used the timestack technique with 200 photos and overlayed them on top of each other using different settings to create a scene that displays the movement and progression of those 10 or so minutes via a single photo. Typically the clouds have been a dramatic addition to of most of my timestack shots, but I thought this shot turned out rather well without them, with the sun flares creating a more dramatic feel and the ducks stealing the show. I essentially used the opposite approach with the middle half of the photo, allowing the darker areas (ducks) to show through in each shot, so while it may appear as though there are 50+ ducks all swimming in a line, in truth you’re looking at only 2 ducks, capturing their movement every 3 seconds for the duration of the timestack. Below is a brief timelapse video to show exactly how those 200 frames would looks if played in more of a video format, versus overlaying them on top of each other for one photo, so you can see how the ducks and passing car affected the final shot.
I hope you like the photo and timelapse video and am interested to hear your thoughts on this technique and style overall! I’m hoping to be able to get out much more often now that I’m working as a full time photographer and continually push my limits on photography and what I’m able to capture and create with the tools I have! Also don’t forget, I’m still running a special for 1/2 off all Full Session portraits from now through the end of next week, with $50 per session going towards supporting our upcoming mission trip to Kona with equipment for the trip. Contact us today to book your session!