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Mongol Rally 2014 - London Mongolia Limo Service
Arduino stepper motor speed control with xbox 360 controller
DIY Arduino Motorised Time-Lapse Head
My View - Timelapse
Timelapse - Adobe Premier pro and VirtualDub workflow
Mongol Rally 2014 – London Mongolia Limo Service
Mongol Rally 2014 - London Mongolia Limo Service

I have signed up to do the Mongol Rally this summer, an adventure that involves driving a totally unsuitable vehicle over 10000 miles from London to Mongolia (and back!) in order to help raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières and Cool Earth. Our team has just bought a Rover 827 limousine and preparations are well […]

Arduino stepper motor speed control with xbox 360 controller
Arduino stepper motor speed control with xbox 360 controller

Recently I have been working on controlling my time lapse motion control rig with a standard xbox 360 controller, I have written this brief post to give pointers to anyone else who may be trying to accomplish anything similar.
Controlling multiple stepper motors simultaneously can be challenging using the arduino platform. Recently I made a panning, […]

DIY Arduino Motorised Time-Lapse Head
DIY Arduino Motorised Time-Lapse Head

In May I came across the OpenMoCo project which is a community that is producing an open-source photographic motion control system, concentrating mainly on the software side of the problem. For a while I have been trying out timelapse photography and the idea of creating paning, tilting and sliding shots has been interesting but the […]

My View – Timelapse
My View - Timelapse

A short time-lapse video all shot through one window looking over Holcombe, Exmouth and Dawlish. Had problems with dust on the rear element of my 200-500mm that I cannot seem to remove, may try and get some more hardcore lens cleaning tools.
I’m happy with it for my first try, just a short video to get […]

Timelapse – Adobe Premier pro and VirtualDub workflow
Timelapse - Adobe Premier pro and VirtualDub workflow

I have been doing quite a bit of time-lapsing recently and have finally worked out a good work flow; so I thought I would write a post about it to save anyone else time in the future in my situation. This guide will tell you how to shoot a time-lapse using your DSLR and import […]

Clouds – First time lapse
Clouds - First time lapse

I just got an intervalometer to make time-lapse videos with my DSLR and this is the first time I have tried it out. The intervalometer is just a cheap model off of eBay made by Yongnuo digital (they call it the MC-36 Timer Remote Cord), it allows you to shoot long-exposures, timed-releases and timed-intervals which is perfect for my […]

Warleigh Weir – Directions & Pictures
Warleigh Weir - Directions & Pictures

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If you live in Bath you should definitely check out Warleigh weir. About a 30 minute downhill walk from the university campus (more back) the weir is a popular spot on a hot day. I recommend you go during the work week to avoid the masses; on a hot day it can get very busy. The […]

Creature, from the inside – Strobist macro moths
Creature, from the inside - Strobist macro moths

 

 
I have started playing round more and more with my external flashes and wireless triggers. The other day I noticed a moth on the window and thought it might make an interesting subject; using a single strobe with slight diffusion placed outside I up-lit the window and got these shots of the various moths that were attracted.
Basic info:
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Wave Energy Generation
Wave Energy Generation

Currently a huge amount of time and money is being invested in the research, development and implementation of technologies to exploit renewable energy sources; it is estimated that £95-billion was invested in new renewable capacity in 2009 alone. [1] In the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s 2009 report plans were set out to raise the […]