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Christmas experiment

This Christmas I did a small experiment with time-lapse photography. I have chosen wheat, to shoot it while it grows. Since it was my first experience with that technique, there were many unknown things to learn.
For starters, let’s see what Wikipedia says about the time-lapse technique:

“Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, such as the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced.Some classic subjects of timelapse photography include: cloudscapes and celestial motion, plants growing and flowers opening, fruit rotting, evolution of a construction project or people in the city.”

In this case, I have chosen to shoot closeup of wheat grains growing with macro lens and the second video was taken with the wide angle lens.


  • Object: two shallow dishes with wheat grains
  • Camera and lens: Canon 10D with 100 mm macro lens for 1st video, and 17-40 lens @ 24 mm  for second video
  • Where: lightbox and an additional desktop lamp, to keep the wheat warm to grow faster
  • How long: around 7 days; 3-4 days for each video
  • Camera control: remote control with interval and shooting time adjustments
  • Intervals: every 45 minutes, but because of heating the wheat was growing pretty fast so the intervals could be a little shorter (30 minutes for example) – movements would be much smoother.

First video was shot with macro lens, so we can see grains moving and growing very well. My camera was moving a little, but by adjusting few frames in the post processing I could align everything back. It took a little more than 100 photos for this.

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Here is the second video, from a bit closer perspective:

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