Making Timelapses of London with Galileo

Using Galileo at Horse Guards ParadeIn April 2012, I backed my first ever Kickstarter campaign. It’s name was Galileo and my main interest in the product was using it for moving time lapse photography, particularly at that year’s KingsStock Music Festival.

However, as I would soon learn about Kickstarter, not all projects produce the rewards as soon as you’d hope. Either way, in July this year, I received the Galileo in the post! So I popped my 4th generation iPod Touch and started doing some crazy stuff in my room. As you’d expect, most of it wasn’t very good and wasn’t of use to anyone. But I was getting used to how it worked.

I’d stopped using my iPod Touch regularly when I got my HTC One, and in addition the battery life of the device was rather short. This wasn’t great for working with the Galileo as it’s partially powered by the iOS device that’s plugged into it. I set about finding an external USB battery pack that I could use to power the Galileo and the iPod. At The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas at the beginning of this month, I bought a Energenie (for £25). It turns out that it worked very well with the two, so I set off into Central London to start putting it to good use.

Still of timelapses

On Saturday 9th November it was the Lord Mayors Parade and Fireworks display, so I hopped down to the Thames and set up shop. In the same evening, I visited St Paul’s Cathedral and Leicester Square.

The next day, I headed to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and Regent Street.

I’ve done a couple of quick and dirty edits to show off what I managed to achieve when wondering around some London landmarks.

I captured 12 videos, each of about 2 to 3 minutes in length. I’m hoping to capture some more this month then edit them all together properly.

Music In The Fields – KingsStock 2011

This past weekend I’ve been at KingsStock.

KingsStock is a micro music event held deep in the countryside of rural Cambridgeshire and aims to promote young and upcoming bands who take inspiration from their Faith.

In the lead up to KingsStock I’ve been updating the website with the line up and also promoting the festival using Twitter and Facebook. On the Thursday, the Main Stage went up on site and I was able to produce an amazing time lapse of the construction and is now posted on the KingsStock YouTube page.

It was an amazing weekend! Just to see so many young, talent people perform in front of a lovely crowd of people.

It was planned that the Main Stage performances would be live streamed to the KingsStock website on the Friday and Saturday evenings. There were a few technical issues, lack of internet connection being the main one, on the Friday evening meaning that not much of the evening was broadcast. On Saturday, fortunately I was able to broadcast a lot more of the proceedings, which not too much interruption. On the Saturday evening I also compered the Main Stage.

The official(ish) count of visitors on the Saturday evening (the main event) was about 186. It was a great turn out.

As part of the promotion, we were contacted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and they asked that our organiser, James Stevens, went on their Sunday Breakfast Show (which focused on Faith topics). James was on air about 7:40am, after not much sleep. You can listen to the interview on the KingsStock Press page.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting photos and videos to the KingsStock website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.