Stop motion video of a side panel going on.

The camera I was using to record the build has become a wobbly old piece of history. It is a Kodak 14n camera, one of the finest early full sensor DSLR cameras. We paid about $15k for it in 2003.

It retired to the top corner of my shed, and is tethered via Firewire to a 2002 Macbook laptop. Each shot had to be in RAW format because the high contrast range in the shed with the door open. The light streaming in the door and dark windowless corners is too great for the in-camera processing of jpegs.

Consequentially I have several hard drives filled with 10 minute interval shots of my shed…

Well the old friend has been suffering a sticky mirror, I had it hanging upside down for a while and this sealed it’s fate, so I went shopping for a new stop motion camera and here are the results from my $300-ish Brinno camera.

About paulatkins

I own a 3rd generation family businss printing for lovers of photography. My favourite hobby is building and sailing wooden boats.
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9 Responses to Stop motion video of a side panel going on.

  1. Ed says:

    I love stop motion movies on any sort of construction project and when a boat is involved, well I’m head over heals!

    The new camera takes shots a lot more often than 10 minute intervals or you were in your shop for several weeks doing that panel.

    • paulatkins says:

      The Brinno is running at 5 second intervals, it looks a bit more interesting but produces a lot more footage! It’s only problem is it is hard to set up and not move. It only has a small screen on it’s back and cannot be controlled remotely. I don’t want it running all the time, only when something is happening. However it is capable of capturing 300,000 exposures on 4 AA batteries!
      I think I’ll use it by focusing on aspects of the build rather than the overall assembly.
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Geoff Heriot says:

    Well done, Paul. It must be motivating to see that combination of materials grow to resemble a boat. Moreover the footage gives a viewer the impression of a confident and competent artisan in the shed! As you know, of course, the camera never lies.

    (Meanwhile, as an ‘artisan at the keyboard’, I can report that the paperback version of my book on sailing and the sea is being printed as we speak. Your pic of the building process sits handsomely in one of the several chapters on NIS sharpies and Bruce Kirby. While awaiting the arrival of books (end November?) I have been trying to reactivate my website and blog with information on the book and associated boaty stuff –, if you want to squander a few minutes.)

    Best wishes (and hope to see you in Hobart for the Wooden Boat Festival next February)


    • paulatkins says:

      Thank you Geoff. I will pour over your website this afternoon.
      I expect “War and Piece of wood” will be out for the Christmas gift season…? I am really looking forward to it. I hope to be in Hobart next year, I may drag the tribe with me. Speak soon.

  3. Peter says:

    Hi Paul, very interesting footage, and I agree with Geoff that it looks like a master at work. Can I ask how you have joined the two panels – i.e.the one already on the boat with the one just put on? Not scarphed? Butt join? Peter

  4. paulatkins says:

    Master of procrastination…?
    All butt joined, only the solid timber has been scarfed.
    Thanks for your kind words Peter.

  5. waterbuoy says:

    Like the video! Stop motion seems to be a great way of showing how something is done quickly. I’ve just done one on epoxy coating decks, I used the iPad app which seems to work ok although the camera isn’t great on it.

  6. Jim Moen says:

    Hi Paul,

    I’m a big fan of boat building. You seem to have a very nice workshop. Congratulations for your good work. I will revisit your website

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