Five Fingers Time Lapse

While at Christmas camp, I set up my camera to take 30 second exposures for as long as the battery would last. Then I put another battery in and kept going. You’ll see the frame shift now and then, that’s probably a new battery going in. It’s not the most exciting video you’ve seen, but then again, this is my experimentation laboratory. Welcome to it. I’ll try to get a better one another time. Stay tuned.

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Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.


  1. Awesome. But I don’t understand how it captured shooting stars on thirty second exposures. Shouldn’t they be appearing only as a streak across the whole fram and for only one shot? They look as if they’re moving, which to me means they must be on several “pages” of the digital flipbook. Is that an optical illusion?

    1. It might be they are shooting stars or maybe airplanes that take more than 30 seconds to cross the frame. Though that is kinda the cool thing about the time lapse is even if it's just a streak in the sky it will look like it's moving. An optical illusion as you suspected.

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