So last Wednesday morning, my family and I went out to pick out a Christmas tree. (It were rained out the night before.) We found a nice little tree, brought it home and got it settled into the base. I pulled down the ornaments box, and was going to head into work, but thought it might be cool to make a time-lapse video of my wife and son decorating the tree.
So I pulled out the tripod, and set up my Canon S3's built-in Intervalometer function to take a shot every 1 minute for the next 100 minutes.
Then I headed into work.
Within a few minutes, I got an email notifying me that photos had been uploaded from my Eye-Fi card. What!? Oh, I had totally forgotten that the camera had the Eye-Fi card (I swap it around with our smaller Digital Elphs usually).
So I logged into SmugMug where I upload photos, and voila -- I could see the progress of the Christmas tree decorating. Uploads were not happening every minute... The S3 has a nice feature where it shuts down to save power in-between shots. But I ultimately got a few shots at a time. I'm not sure whether this happened automatically or if my wife happened to grab the camera to look at the previous shots. At any rate, it was cool! I could "spy" on my home!
Later I used a couple of open-source utilities to merge the images into a video. It ended up kind of jerky, because with people you need to take a shot more frequently than 1 minute to get a good effect -- next time I'll use CHDK's Ultra-Intervalometer. Fun stuff.
Anyways, I thought this was an interesting way to "broadcast" an event. A poor man's webcam, if you will.
Here's a link to my recipe for time-lapse photography with CHDK and the various open-source utilities (mainly Unix-based):http://darryl.com/permalink.php?blurb=lapse