Had another opportunity for a timelapse, and our first choice was Castle Hill, however the weather forecast wasn’t great there. We settled for Rapaki instead.

Rapaki Bay is quite a wide south facing bay, which makes it perfect for the shot I had in mind. My goal for the night was to capture another day-to-night timelapse. I had my Cinetics gear set to panning mode, from east to west, following the sun and milky way.

The End Result

Rapaki Bay facing Diamond Harbour
Rapaki Bay facing Diamond Harbour

Having recently done a slider shot of a jetty, I tried something I have never done before, which was to pan the jetty itself. The shadows on the jetty were actually from the moon, which added some depth to the scene.

Setup

Usual panning setup with motor on tripod. All went well at first, however, 50 minutes into the shoot, the motor did not want to turn any further! After a reset, I managed to capture blue hour instead, which I’m quite happy with.

Nikon D7000 on a Cinetics Axis 360 Pro
Nikon D7000 on a Cinetics Axis 360 Pro

 

Rapaki Bay at blue hour
Rapaki Bay at blue hour

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