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Daylight Sensing Time

This project intentionally creates two separate time-lapse videos each day — daylight and twenty-four hour. The primary reason for this is that previous cameras I have used didn’t do well with nighttime, and often that would mean a few minutes of (mostly) black screens with only a time stamp moving. Not ideal for casual viewers, especially those viewing on the YouTube channel. Not many people want to watch a video that starts (and ends) with nearly a minute of darkness before seeing content.

However, the drawback to setting the software to start at sunrise and stop at sunset is that often some of the most beautiful, and interesting, parts of the video are missed. The video ends as soon as the sun dips below the Braintree Hills, but for a period of time after that may be when the sunset is most glorious.

In an attempt to capture some of that beauty, I have been testing a setting in Evocam that will turn on and off depending on how much light the camera senses. I have been running the test locally and adjusting the settings to try and find the sweet spot. Hopefully this will help capture more interesting sunsets; and even if the sunrises aren’t as interesting the video should transition from dark to light in a more pleasing way. An added benefit may be seeing the moon show up in the shorter videos more often.

This change starts today, and as always, I welcome hearing from the readers and viewers. I hope you enjoy this change.