You've got this incredible plan for a nature time lapse — but how do you make sure that the camera will still be there and working when you get back?
Time lapses are undeniably cool, but the prospect of leaving a camera essentially unprotected for an extended time period is enough to scare off all but the most dedicated.
Photographer Forrest Pound was doing a series of long-term time lapses to capture changing water levels over a season, and so had to devise a system to keep his cameras safe and secure while recording. Thankfully, he documented the process, and put it up as a tutorial on Instructables.
For these time lapse rigs that ran up to four months on their own, Pound installed the cameras in Pelican cases, which were specially modified with a bit of piping and a UV filter, to function as an extremely tough case for the camera. In order to keep the charge going over the extremely long time periods, the camera rigs were charged by a car battery running through a voltage converter. Finally, a polite note topped it all off so that people who stumbled across the camera would know what was going on.
Pound built four of these rigs for a documentary film called Watershed with Kontent Films. You can have a look at how some of the footage came out in the clip below.
It's a fairly straightforward build, and one that could do a lot to help your gear survive foul weather for outdoor use.