Welcome to Digital Desk & playing with time-lapse video

Welcome to the Digital Desk blog, where we plan to talk about some of the digital projects and stories we’re working on at The Columbian. I’m Paul Suarez, the guy who — among other things — shoots and produces most of the videos for The Columbian.

A few weeks back I decided to play around with time-lapse video to prepare for an upcoming project at Mount St. Helens. Time-lapse video, for those of you who don’t know, lets you show something at an increased speed (check out this great tutorial on time-lapse video from a BBC photographer). Shooting the morning commute on Interstate 5 from the Evergreen Boulevard overpass seemed like easy pickings. Here is the result:

And for those of you interested in the numbers, I set my camera to take one still photo every 2 seconds. After 10 minutes I had 306 images, which gave me about 12 seconds of video at 24 frames per second.

Here’s a preview of what I shot over the weekend at Mount St. Helens. Check columbian.com on Sunday for the complete story, including a video and photo gallery.

Paul Suarez

Paul Suarez

Paul Suarez is the web producer at The Columbian. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. Check out his work on YouTube.

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