Friday, March 21, 2014

Unfolding of a banana leaf - Timelapse Video - Take One"


I will have to reset and try again to to get a true Timelapse effect as this first attempt was pretty jumpy.  Stay tuned as the next leaf that rolls rolls out I will make a new improved timelapse video - take Two.

My Plant Information:Super Dwarf Cavendish
Lighting:4 ft. 6 tube - T-5 6400k High output fluorescent
Light hours:14 On - 10 Off
Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit Fuel Premium Fruit Formula for application throughout the growing season. Contains full-spectrum of secondary and micronutrients utilized by fruiting plants. Provides plants with a steady dosage of potash for use during present cycle of fruit production or storage for next year's crop. Lower Nitrogen to Potassium ratio to discourage flower and fruit drop. Sufficient Phosphate level for excellent performance without overstimulating the plant to bloom out of season.
Soil:Standard potting soil - Without water retainers
Container Pot:Smaller 16.32 gallons - 11" deep by 18" width swapped for a new 21.4 gallon pot 22" avg. width, 13" deep
Pest Control:Safer Insect Killing Soap, Diatomaceous earth
Walk in plant closet:7' x 4'-6" - With curtain and a ceiling ventilation fan.
My Indoor Temps:Low 60(Winter) - Average 65-75 - High 80(Summer)
Hardiness Zone:8b Northwest Oregon Southern Willamette Valley, USA
Paul's Banana PlantationAll of my Cavendish's baby pictures to an adult are here. 
Here is the shot record for: 
Unfolding of a banana leaf  - Timelapse Video - Take One
DAY ONE - March 21

Shot 21 April 1 - Tue 8:30 AM - 23.25" - Although Significantly unfurled and some emerging to from the P-Stem I have been needing to pan the camera up to get the whole leaf in the shot thus destroying a real Timelapse video.  I will however join what I have into a video and will post it here. beside this video ended up being of the back of a banana leaf, the leafs orientations are rather unpredictable.

    Goal: To take daily shots from a stably mounted camera to lead to a time lapse video.  A photo will be taken at least once a day as the leaf unrolls to create a video of "The unfolding of a banana leaf - Time Lapse". 

 Day 1 is too early to start the time lapse as the subject is still buried deep inside the current unrolling leaf. So here are some inside shots.  I love these deep shots inside.  In a week or so we should have enough photos to make the time lapse video leading to a full grown leaf of 22 plus inches.


Deep inside the current leaf unrolling
peeks the next roll that will be our time lapsed leaf.
Down the tube of the current leaf to the smallest curl showing of the subject leaf.
Ready to emerge as the next leaf.

So tightly curled but yet all the same current leaf.


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DAY TWO - March 22

    Stay tuned, today I firmly mounted my Camera in position.  I can't retrieve the daily pictures during the week without disturbing its mount.  I will add them in a week once the time lapse photo set is complete and I have made the video out of them.  Stay connected and come back again in one full week.

Camera mounted on a stick screwed to the wall on the inside of the walk-in closet with the camera taped to it.
Caven took a photo of the Camera normally used to photograph him. He has very dexterous leafs.

Shot 1 March 22 - 8:30 AM Just after I set it up for the week. Just a bit of the curl can be seen inside.
Shot 2 March 22 - 8:30 PM Just a bit of the curl can be seen inside. Took one with overhead light off and one with overhead light on - Timer turns off Main T5 fixtures at 7:30 pm for this photo.

Camera: 12MP, Nikon Coolpix S570, 5x optical (5.0-25.0mm) zoom, 1:2.7-6.6,  ISO 3200.
Lighting: 6-4ft. T5 HO fluorescent grow light tubes. Oh.... and flash as needed.
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DAY THREE UNTIL DONE
Stay tuned as the week progresses.

Shot 3  March 23 - Sun 8:30 AM  Adjusted the light timer so the evening shots will now be with the lights on.  The top of the dry twist that's on top of the cigar is showing well deep inside.
Shot 4  March 23 - Sun 8:30 PM Was taken with the lights on this time since I changed the light schedule.  The "cigar" is now openly visible but hard to measure yet as the previous leaf is still in the way.

Shot 5  March 24 - Mon 8:40 AM  Looks like 7" of the cigar shape is viewable.
Shot 6  March 24 - Mon 8:30 PM  We have 9" of the cigar now showing. 

Shot 7  March 25 - Tue 8:30 AM  Now 11" of the cigar is showing.
Shot 8  March 25 - Tue 8:30 PM  I measured 14" of the cigar showing now. Yes, up 3" inches in 12 hrs and thickening.

Shot 9  March 26 - Wed 8:30 AM  I measured 16" of the  cigar is now up this morning and growing thicker.
Shot 10 March 26 - Wed 8:30 PM 16 3/4" of the cigar is now up this evening. A lot less height growth than there has been, but is now just starting to unroll a bit.

Shot 11 March 27 - Thur 8:30 AM  17" of the cigar is now up this morning. Still less height growth than there has been, but it is starting to unroll.
Shot 12 March 27 - Thur 7:40 PM  18 1/2" of the cigar is now up this evening. Still just starting its unrolling. Took photo early because of meeting tonight.

Shot 13 March 28 - Fri 8:40 AM  19 1/4" that is starting to look like a cone.
Shot 14 March 28 - Fri 8:30 PM  20" and unrolling. 

Shot 15 March 29 - Sat 9:00 AM  Took picture before field service but did not measure leafroll.
Shot 16 March 29 - Sat 9:00 PM  21 1/2" and turning into a nice cone.

Shot 17 March 30 - Sun 8:30 AM  22" and turning into a nice cone.
Shot 18 March 30 - Sun 8:30 PM Did not measure.

Shot 19 March 31 - Mon 8:30 AM  23" took 2 shots, had to raise light as was getting way into shot. I can't raise lights further without changing one of the mounting locations.
Shot 20 March 31 - Mon 8:30 PM May have forgotten to take an evening shot



Shot 21 April 1 - Tue 8:30 AM - 23.25" - Although Significantly unfurled and some emerging to from the P-Stem I have been needing to pan the camera up to get the whole leaf in the shot thus destroying a real Timelapse video.  I will however join what I have into a video and will post it here.

I will have to try again to to get a true Timelapse effect.

   Work will now begin on making the time lapse movie. ~ A new post will be created to host the actual time lapse video and it will be shared on G+ for all to enjoy. I plan also to post it to, or at least a link to it on www.Bananas.org.