We currently have five orchids in our house — in part to ensure that something is perpetually in bloom. (All of them are phalaenopsis orchids, which are among the easiest to grow; all I do is immerse their roots in water once a week and leave them in a semi-sunny windowsill to do their thing.)
Each orchid has gone through at least two bloom cycles since I’ve owned them over the past two years. Every time they bloom, I always get the idea to record a time lapse video of the petals opening — but never got around to it because I was too busy and didn’t care enough.
Now that I am on maternity leave, I’ve found some extra time here and there to pursue small projects: reading, arts and crafts, and learning more about my new camera — including how to make time lapse videos. Exciting!
Here are two time lapse videos I made showing two of our blooming orchids:
- Camera: Nikon D7100
- Lens: Nikkor 35mm/1.8 prime lens
- Settings: Aperture priority mode set to f/10; interval shooting timer set to one photo every ten minutes for 500 shots (see #5 for more info on how to do it)
- Editing: Photoshop (tutorial)
- Location: Orchids were set up in an empty storage room with a table lamp with color & light corrected in Photoshop
They’re not perfect but the videos were fun to shoot and put together. Looking forward to seeing what else I can do with this camera beyond what I am already used to doing.