Recently I bought a GoPro Hero 4 Session. It was a no-brainer over the Hero 4 Black or Silver costing twice as much, and because I mainly use it on my head while mountain-biking so a lighter camera is always a plus. Regardless, I wanted to try it on the roof of my car. It came with an additional flat mount, and I already have it on my helmet, so I decided to use it and make a time-lapse. I’ve never really done time-lapses (don’t know why), but I’ve decided to give it a go.

The Setup

I set up a camera to take 8 Mpx images every 10 seconds. On a previous time-lapse (Zagreb to Pirovac) I’ve set it to take 5 Mpx images every 30 seconds, with a wi-fi turned on. After exactly 4 hours, the battery was almost dead, so I didn’t want to take a risk setting it up to 5 seconds. To my surprise, when I got to my destination, I realized that the battery is half full.

The mount survived the speeds up to 170 km/h with no fuss, but the only problem were the bugs (you can see the spots on some following photos).

The result as you see is nothing out of the ordinary. A simple two and a half hour drive, mainly on a highway watching the sunset. But what is rather interesting are the snapshots on that ride. The camera took over one thousand images, and here are 24 hand-picked and developed in Lightroom with a custom preset I usually use for my photos.

On The Road Again

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Born to be wild…

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Actually, that caption works better with this one.

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Buses can be quite annoying on the road.

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Where to go?

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In the tunnels camera automatically goes to ISO400 and prolongs the exposure to 1/30, which is perfect for panning shots like this.

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Highway tolls – a perfect place to clean the windshield.

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First pit-stop (not including the gas-station).

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Road that leads to town Senj is a pretty perfect driving road with lots of tight corners and hairpin turns.

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Second pit-stop. You can’t see it very well, but the guy on the bike has a predator helmet.

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The last beams of sun getting trough the tree branches.

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And the Grand Finale: I temped my arrival on the Jadranska magistrala (the main road that goes along the Croatia seaside) around the time of the sun setting down.

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And finally, my entry in Novi Vinodolski at 8:35 PM.


Off course, I’ve made a few stops once I pulled from the highway. The lens-flare is real BTW.

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So what we got here is IMHO an exciting format of content. You can look at it as an entirely automated, boring workflow with a photograph every 10 seconds; but on the other hand, you can see it as an element of luck combined with just a few variables of right timing. Isn’t that what photography is all about?

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