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Timelapse Kit
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The **Public Lab Timelapse Kit**: fight polluters by catching them on film! _Above image via @glennwalquist -- [read more](/notes/glennwalquist/12-04-2016/monitoring-sargent-sand-mining-operation-in-ludington-michigan#c16131)_ A number of folks are working across the Public Lab network to set up cheap #timelapse cameras. Help out and hold polluters accountable! ## How it works It doesn't completely -- yet! We're testing this approach in a few places around the country, and looking to prove it out more. But the basic idea is to point a timelapse camera at a place where you hope to catch pollution happening, to collect evidence and to pressure them to stop. [![Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/medium/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/690/original/Screen_Shot_2017-02-28_at_2.34.17_PM.png) (above, timelapse of [blasting at a mountaintop removal site](/notes/LauraChipley/09-18-2015/hacking-trail-cameras-to-document-blasts-on-mountaintop-removal-sites#c16250) via @LauraChipley) This could be used at: * refineries * mine sites * industrial facilities * anywhere you can safely place the camera ## How to help We're collecting well-documented examples of this technique in action, and we need: * great photos of camera setups * example footage * easy instructions on how to share your images ## Questions [questions:timelapse] **** ## Try it out We're organizing meet-ups to assemble kits, test them out, document and install them, so that lots of people have a chance to learn how to do this and spread the word. The basic kit is based on: > $103 (with 16g SD card) [Crenova Trail Camera](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016OASTDY/) - 12 megapixel, 8 AA batteries (note that it's actually 5 megapixels, but it stretches images up to 12, unfortunately) Get in touch (jeff@publiclab.org) to organize a local group to assemble, document, and test, and report back how it goes. **** ## Activities [activities:timelapse] **** **Flyer handouts:** timelapse-kit-card.pdf and 4-up version for printing: timelapse-kit-card-4up.pdf **** [![tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/large/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/019/546/original/tmp_15415-IMG_20170214_121228_354-1789056372.jpg) (Above, prototype box mock-up) ...


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JohnSteedsRory "For everyone who's on the market for trail cameras and is not sure which to buy then I can highly recommend this article https://www.outeroptics.co..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
LauraChipley "@warren, thanks so much for this. Super helpful! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "There are some really cheap cameras on the market now; similar seeming in specs, maybe better cameras, but as low as $55: $60: AKASO Trail Camera..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @bkleist - have you run the cameras for a while now? Caught anything good? We'd love to hear from you! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "@xose, just a note about this great question that was posted over the weekend -- i'd love to hear more about your #raspberry-pi trail camera -- esp..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Hi there, wondering if you've been able to get the camera up and running? Think we might try to get one going in New Orleans to watch for stormwate..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
dswenson "The lower seal of the camera encasement did get ~24 hours of prolonged exposure (partial submersion) to elevated water volume during last week's he..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Wow yeah, i'd thought it was waterproof, but it's good to know (although too bad!) that heavy rains can damage it. Do you think it got submerged at..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Hi Dwight, wow sorry to hear it was damaged -maybe we should look into a different type of camera @warren . Would have been great to catch some of ..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
dswenson "Hi Stevie, I'll attach some recent sedimentation examples. We've experienced heavy rain fall and flooding this month which caused moisture damage..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Hi Dwight! Have you tried to up the photos taken per day? catch anything interesting? " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
bkleist "Unfortunately the cameras had been giving us a lot of trouble, and have not yet been deployed. The good news is that I was able to figure out how t..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Thanks for the post! Any updates on where the camera is? " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
dswenson "Thanks Warren. Blasting events resonate landscape and concern! " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Wow! looks like you have a great spot for the camera! Thanks for posting " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
stevie "Wow this thread is such a great resource! Thanks all for posting in! " | Read more » almost 6 years ago
marlokeno "@warren A few notes about that green stuff. I've been looking into information on mine reclamation with our local sand mines, which are, unfortunat..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Also, I'm curious what the green stuff is applied near the roads; I've heard that "reclamation" can be selectively applied with invasive grass arou..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Oh, that's great to hear, @bkleist, and yes, you can use http://ifttt.com to get an email to trigger a text message. I'm happy to help you get that..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Oh, that's great to hear, @bkleist, and yes, you can use http://ifttt.com to get an email to trigger a text message. I'm happy to help you get that..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
bkleist "@Warren, I just watched the video you commented above and I love it. That is exactly what i want to do by using the trail camera. The Dylos setup i..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Hi @glennwalquist -- I'm curious if volume of sand could be measured using a 3d app like this: http://www.123dapp.com/catch Perhaps using some of..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "That's great to hear, thanks. 4 months would indeed be great. Just came across this -- blasting caught on timelapse at a mountaintop removal site ..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Wow, I also want to point out at 0:49 seconds (in the compressed video) there is definitely blasting captured in the Vimeo video timelapse: " | Read more » almost 6 years ago