A Phoenix sunset timelapse

The other evening we had this amazing sunset in Phoenix, a day before we’d actually get some monsoon storms roll into town. At the time, without us having any kind of rain or a sunset or even clouds in what feels like a month, the sight of these dazzling rays was like an omen for the start of storm season.

I was at home, not time to run out and try to capture the sunset in the way I would like, so I rushed around trying to setup the camera and tripod for a timelapse. I wasn’t as fast as I wanted, but I did manage to get the tail end of it and then I just left the camera on until after dark.

This was the result of 1300 images taken 5 seconds apart with my camera on “P” mode, a mode it’s never on unless it’s a timelapse *grin* This allows the camera to deal with the change in light, which you can’t do in manual mode. I know there are expensive tools out there to make this work better, but I don’t got the money for them.

What I do need is some better software so I can get rid of the flickering. But other than that, I’m kind of happy with this. I wish there had been more clouds at the end, but I do like seeing the stars come into view and the planes flying over the city.

My hope is to take timelapses all monsoon season long and piece them together into a big movie at the end. So this is kind of practice for me.

Hope you enjoy!

And below is the Instagram photo I took of the sunset.

16 replies
  1. Colby
    Colby says:

    These short time lapses are a real treat, great work Mike. How do you handle swapping out cards during a time lapse shot, or do you swap cards?

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    @ Colby – I show high-quality JPG for these, not RAW, so my 8gb card did about 1400 images before it was full. I went out there to take the camera down and there was room for 66 images still, so I timed it well 🙂

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