Timelapse of the MSC Kwangyang

February 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Timelapse of the MSC Kwangyang

Timelapse Peacock Island, Benidorm, SpainShipping and fishing vessels around the bay in Benidorm, including the passing of the MSC Kwangyang

MSC Kwangyang?

Yes, it just happened to pass by on the horizon line at the end as I was shooting another timelapse, this time with my Canon 6d DSLR.

I was hoping that the clouds would change into a storm front and become more dramatic, so I chose that particular view with Peacock Island near the horizon line, and, nothing much happened!

For this timelapse, I took 940 images in RAW with 5 seconds between each one using a 75-300 EF lens and the Magic Lantern Intervalometer which is loaded on startup from the SD card.

It was mid-afternoon so there isn't a problem with big changes in exposure, allowing me to use ISO 100 for quality with an f-stop of 6.3 which is about the sweet spot for this particular lens, and a fast shutter of 1000th of a second as it was on a tall tripod at full zoom in a breeze.

These RAW files are imported into Lightroom with my user preset which has a couple of small tweaks to correct the very bad CA and fringing I get with this particular lens.

A couple more adjustments and then I load them all into the slideshow module and export them with a watermark, compiled using a 24fps preset to an mp4 movie file.


I will be shooting more time-lapses before we leave Spain, hopefully with more interesting content, and I will be experimenting with loading a sequential sequence of jpegs into Hitfilm Express and making a movie that way.

How do I know it was the MSC Kwangyang? Easy, I am so nerdy that I like to look up the passing ships whilst we are in this part of the world and look at their route etc using the Marine Traffic website which allows you to track shipping worldwide.


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