Life Is A Road Trip

The Amazing Adventures of a Zoobroker and a Sentiographer


F U, Apple - We can Do It Ourselves.

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So Apple is out of the Camera Connection Kit for the 3G iPad right now. So Zoo bought a wireless router and a USB CF Card reader. Ummm, wireless file access to post on the road! Posts will be written on a more timely basis, instead of when we are arriving in town and cleaning up to go out for the evening.

g33k out.

GPS Logging On The Road

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Maybe you've noticed our little maps with all the blue dots of where we were when. It's pretty basic, but I wanted to explain what was going on. I use a program called "GPS Utilities" on my Samsung Blackjack II phone. That records all of the data in a format that Google Maps understands which is called KML.

After my phone records it, I upload it to the website. I modified a version of the Wordpress GeoPress plugin to add the points to any google map. After the road trip is over, I'll release source code and a tighter integration.

If you click on the blue points, you can see what time we were where with our speed at the time. Spammer has a lead foot.

Time Lapse on the Road

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Fictitious people have not asked us how we make the time-lapse movies of our driving time. Well, since you didn’t ask – we’ll share! (OK, really, the folks we’ve met while on our travels have seen them and they did ask...) Day 1: Nikon D700 with MC-32 MC-36 (thanks, Gabe!) Remote Release set to 0:18 second intervals and jpg quality. I set up the tripod in the back seat and zoomed out to 120mm to shoot through our windshield. Fortunately, this was also the day we willed nealry 8,000 inects with the Hyundai.

Back in the hotel after dinner, I imported them into iStopMotion in NTSC space (could have gone HD... but naw) at 4 frames per second. Export, upload to Vimeo and share!

Day 2: Somewhere along the way, we realized the JPG quality was set to large – not necessary. Made the import the night before much too long. So, now set to the smallest jpg, we could record 7,500 image if we wanted. What do we do? Increase the frequency, of course. So, at an interval of 0:05 seconds, we captured throughout the day... Until both batteries on the D700 died (I forgot to turn off the one setting on the body that told it not to engage the autofocus – the lens was on manual focus). Canon G9 to the rescue! Popped that bad boy on a tripod in front of me in the front seat on Time lapse movie mode and 1 second intervals and that got us all the way into Rapid City.

Processing was interesting. Same deal as yesterday, but with 4,500 images from the Nikon – import and export at 15 frames a second this time. Now import this file into Final Cut Pro HD in NTSC space, plus the four movie clips form the Canon. Put ‘em all in the timeline, hit export and head out for some night shooting. Came back later, uploaded to Vimeo, let that process overnight (upload too 24 minutes), and embed here on the site this morning.

Day 3 (Today): Figured that it was far easier to record a movie file instead of thousands of little JPGs. So, we are running the G9 all day. First half battery ran out twice (forgot to charge it last night, and a 25 minute charge at lunch did not cut it). So we bought an AC 100V invertors and ran the Nikon again in the middle fo the day on 0:10 second intervals, and now back to the Canon at 2 second intervals.

We’re rolling through Sheridan, Wyoming right now on Interstate 90 and I’m typing this up so we can have more fun time tonight instead of blogging time. :) What a beautiful Sunset.


6:21 PM mountain time