Sunday, 24 May 2015

Downy Emerald emergence timelapse

I've been keen to try out the intervalometer on my new Canon 7D mark 2 on an emerging dragonfly, so when I located this Downy Emerald I set the camera up to shoot 1 picture every 10 seconds. Video works at around 25 frames a second, so for 1 second of video I needed to record about 3 mins of actual time. In total, I took about 1000 images of the full emergence and then cut the process down into the two key stages. There was quite a breeze so the reed moved a little between frames, hence why it looks jerky. I learnt a lot during this time, and in the subsequent processing and my next attempt will be much better.

Here's the adult just before its maiden flight.