Currently, I am working on a few timelapse projects with the Canon 5dmk2. One of them is capturing the four seasons in New England from different fixed locations. This is not a new idea, it has been done before. But I might be one of the first to use an as-seen-on-tv invention to make a camera cradle!
I ran a test using the Sony SR11 and the .7 wide angle conversion lens. I wanted to shoot a timelapse that would show the four seasons in the Northeastern USA, but I did not want to leave my camera locked down on a tripod for 365 days! I started this test almost one year ago and returned to the fixed mount shooting location half a dozen times throughout the year. I used the Sony SR11, because, at that time, I did not own a DSLR.
I thought of using the “magic putty” product that is sold on TV. I found a similar product at Home Depot called “Fast Steel“. This soft putty turns to concrete after about an hour once you mix it together in your hands. I figured that if I could find a flat and solid surface, I might be able to use the putty to build a mount that would force the camera into a locked position. This mount would stand the test of time and the elements. By creating this hardened bowl of putty, I could simply place the camera into the mount each time I visited the location and hit record for 30 seconds. I made sure to remove any dirt or ice buildup when mounting the camera and the molded putty forced the camera into the same position every time.
It worked out quite well and I have been shooting video from other locations using this type of mount in the wilderness with the Canon 5Dmk2 camera. I will release more timelapses as I finish them.
Check it out and try it for yourself. I would love to see an entire year from your backyard! And maybe you can include the fall foliage portion that my video lacks. I deleted that single file by mistake!!!