Time Lapse – 3rd Attempt. SUCCESS!!!

It’s not like I didn’t know about the bulb ramping feature, I just didn’t understand why it would be necessary. To be honest, I still don’t. But for some reason it takes a hacker and his code (ML) to get my camera to take a decent time lapse. Here is the proof. I set my camera to Av, f/3.5, manual WB (tungsten) and checked the oh-so-important bulb ramping box this time. As I said before, I still don’t know why my 60D doesn’t know how to expose properly when in intervalometer mode but bulb ramping fixes everything. This is what it does: first you have to take a properly exposed photo of the scenery you want to record. Next you activate bulb ramping and Magic Lantern thinks for a bit as it examines your photograph and draws a neat little S-curve on the LCD. When finished it gives you the opportunity to tweak the settings a bit (I chose 61% at 65 percentile. ML Manual says this has to do with the tones and suggests 50% so I just chose the closest value available. I’ll have to experiment with this some more). When you confirm, you just sit back, relax and let Magic Lantern do all the work. Bulb ramping works because it examines the previous photo and choses an appropriate exposure for the next photo all the while staying close to the S-curve it calculated in the beginning. What’s cool is that if for some reason there is a bright light in one of your photos and it throws off the exposure, Magic Lantern will recover in ~3 photos and get back on that curve. Amazing! Enjoy the time Lapse below. Now that I’ve had fun experimenting, I need to find a scene that is actually worth taking pictures of :)

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