American in Spain

Laredo Webcam Timelapse

August 20, 2010
Laredo Webcam (crop)

by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")This week, without a daughter to care for, my mornings have been free. I've been taking advantage of the good weather to get some exercise, walking up to 16 km (10 miles) around the neighboring towns. The first few days, I just walked to the beach at Laredo and walked up and down the maritime walkway several times. It occurred to me yesterday that I might have been caught on the yacht club's webcam, but alas I was not there on the hour or 15, 30, or 45 minutes past the hour on any day. The archived panoramas I was looking through for Monday, August 18, were so pretty that I decided to make a timelapse video out of them. Unfortunately I only had 4 frames per hour to work with. After trying various frame rates, I settled on 10 frames per second in order to get some effect of movement – anything slower looked more like a slideshow. It would be amazing to have a shot every minute from that perch over the beach.

Because the images are from a 360° panorama, I cut between four shots of different parts of the panorama. It goes by really quickly, so you might want to watch it a couple times. Things to watch for:

  1. In the first shot, the tide comes in, goes out, and comes back in again.
  2. In the second shot, for some reason, all the boats turn around from facing left to facing right. Wind? Tides?
  3. In the third shot, the parking lot fills up quickly in the morning and empties quickly in the evening.

Very worth watching in HD.