Bear Mountain State Park, New York – Fall Timelapse


Yesterday afternoon I went to Bear Mountain State Park in New York.  The park overlooks the Hudson River and is just on the border of New York and New Jersey.  Yesterday was an awesome day for hiking with perfect weather.  The leaves are turning colors now for fall and I was doing some research for good locations around the area.  Bear Mountain had an awesome overlook towards the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge.  We got there and drove up Perkins Memorial Highway and then hiked down towards the overlooks.  We saw plenty of beautiful trees and lots of dogs (there were plenty of hikers)!

My only complaint for the day as you can see is that there were no clouds in the sky.  The hillside overlooking the bridge was amazing although not necessarily at peak fall colors yet.  But still, the colors of the shot were really cool.  The Hudson Rivers had plenty of boats going by so that is what I focused on for my motion since there were no clouds in the sky.  I thought about using the Syrp Genie Mini but rotation would start to bring trees into the shot that were close by the openings for the picture.  Since I was shooting boats, I decided to use a 3 second interval.  My camera settings were also low noise and high focus since there was a lot of sunlight.  I had f/22 and ISO 100 with a 1/15 sec shutter speed.

The result was pretty good.  I only ended up shooting 120 shots since most of the boats had gone by already and none were coming upstream of the shot.  I would have liked a longer video, perhaps a 2 second interval might have been better but I still give this a B considering the scenery and lack of clouds or any other external movement minus the boats.

Camera Settings: 3 second interval, f/22, ISO 100, 1/15 seconds, 28.0 mm f/2.8 Prime Lens

Let me know what you think!

P. S – Japan Countdown = 4 days!


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