Use of time-lapse photography equipment for hydrologic studies

Open-File Report
Prepared in cooperation with the California Department of Water Resources



This report describes equipment used for recording hydrologic events photographically on a controlled time scale. Equipment used included a 16-mm (millimeter) motion-picture camera, batteries, and associated intervalometer hardware.

Variables that affected operation of the equipment, and which were used to turn the equipment on and off upon demand, were sunlight intensity, rainfall, and time. Winding of the camera and final shutdown were accomplished manually.

A 15-minute silent motion picture was made from the time-lapse film installed at Bolinas Lagoon. This film shows sand erosion and deposition on the Stinson Beach Spit during the period January 1968 to July 1969.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Use of time-lapse photography equipment for hydrologic studies
Series title Open-File Report
DOI 10.3133/70199687
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Water Resources Division Menlo Park California
Description ii, 10 p.
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