The video of the compilation of over 3 months is edited and uploaded! It has been 3 months since I setup the Canon PowerShot camera and Raspberry Pi in the greenhouse to watch the plants grow. And grow they did! The greenhouse starts out empty and in 15 seconds the plants are ceiling height. It was just under 90 frames total because some of the frames were too dark to use. And unfortunately some of the current images are pretty dark. But it worked!! And now I know what to change so that the images are not as dark for next time. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Now I am looking at setting up for a year – as was my original goal…
Here is the first image that it took on 8-26 at 12noon.
And this image was taken on 9-3 at 12noon.
It is not very clear in this format, but if you download both images and then flip back and forth there is a major change in the plants in the 9 days from the first one to second one. I am hoping to see more of these differences as the plants grow!
Unfortunately it only took pictures for 9 days and that is too short to make into a timelapse…. And when it was taking a picture every 2 minutes it had focusing problems. There is no way to set a manual focus, however I thought I had that accomplished using focuslock in gphoto2. The focus lock seemed to work just fine for the once a day picture but not the other. There was nothing that was moving drastically from each shot so it was weird that it didn’t focus right.
Still planning to setup for the second time this weekend!
On Saturday (Aug 25) afternoon the RaspLapse project was installed! I am really looking forward to the results. For now it is situated on the Fan/Exhaust end of a greenhouse. I am going to leave it there and take pictures as they pull existing tomato plants out. Then it will be ready to watch the new plants grow! Here is a before and after shot of the installation process. (Sorry about the picture quality…)
The box on the right is holds the camera, Raspberry Pi, and some connections between the camera and the Raspberry PI. The box on the left holds the power connections, and the Ethernet cable so I can download the pictures without ever touching the enclosure holding the camera.
Here is a picture of what the camera is shooting… This is the raw image.. No editing at all. In the end I will crop/rotate in Photoshop.
Here is a link to my previous post for everything that is required for the project. The main things that were added are numbers 10 and 11 which is a case to hold all of the power cables, and some brackets and plastic screws to hold the Raspberry Pi inside the the case.
I hope to install the setup in the next week or two in a greenhouse and watch tomato plants grow for about 3 months. This will provide some great testing time, and then i will setup for a year time lapse after that.
Looking forward to setting it up!