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Morning comes to Makiki -- almost

It happened again.  But I had learned from the errors that had previously tilted my world and sought to rectify things, or at least straighten them out a bit.  This counts as a fail, though.  It's only a one minute fail, and it's kinda fun...

I woke up from uneasy dreams around 5.30am -- before the sun -- and instead of immediately checking Facebook, I thought I would make the effort to attempt again a time lapse movie of the sun coming up over the neighborhood.  My previous attempt had been skewed because I had to kneel down on the concrete and couldn't level my iPhone correctly.  The solution was to elevate the rig a bit using my night stand so I could see what I was shooting.

Well, if you want to take a time lapse of the sun coming up, you have to make sure the sun actually comes up all the way.  This morning, it decided to sleep in and rain.

I thought that once I set the camera up, I could go back to sleep for a couple of hours, but no.  Worries of rain, or oversleeping and allowing the sun to cook my iPhone, or the rain to kill it, etc. prevented me from sleeping.  I actually put some clothes on in case I had to run out and save my camera from the elements.  You will note that my lanai is not at all private.

But I did learn one more thing:  Once imported into iMovie, I slowed it down yet again which makes the motion more jagged than it should be.  Next time I speed up on the camera side to one frame every five seconds, rather than one frame every 10 seconds.

I posted it 'cuz it's a kinda fun one minute.  Sorry if you want your minute back -- you blew it so don't put it on me.

One day, I'll get it right, but maybe it won't matter.  Here's a fun essay by Choire Sicha in Awl called, "Your beautiful pictures are stupid."  The funny thing is that there are some really nice time lapse videos accompanying the essay.  That's the kind of stupid I'm aiming for.

H. Doug Matsuoka 
Makiki, Honolulu
29 October 2010


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