Yeah, interesting stuff here - thanks for sharing everyone.
I have had a few time-lapse assignments in the past and am researching hardware to use for a possible long-term demolition/construction gig myself. I'm hoping to get away with some off-the-shelf equipment for this project and would appreciate any input.
I'm guessing that the Harbortronics intervalometer that Wonderspark is using has a setting to stop/start image capture at dusk & dawn. I'm hoping to use a standard Canon intervalometer control, but as it doesn't have settings to stop shooting & then resume I'm planning to use an AC power adapter straight to the camera (will be mounted inside an office building) and use a household in-line power timer to switch off power at 6pm and start agian at 6am each day. It won't matter that the intervalometer is still ticking away (I'm hoping) and just start the camera shooting when the power is back on.
The only problem I foresee is that there could be an occasion when the power is being switched off while the camera is writing an image to the memory card - this could possibly cause a corruption - but hopefully only to one image and I'd hope that it would keep on shooting.
To add to the geekdom of it, I'd like to use Eye-Fi cards (www.eye.fi) and the office wi-fi network to ensure that after each image is snapped it gets sent to my Flickr account. This way I could check the images remotely to confirm that everything is functioning correctly and the images are looking as they should be. The recent Eye-Fi cards also have 'Endless Memory' which would be a big bonus - the card has the smarts to delete the oldest content on the card when it knows it's been uploaded to make room for new content.
Hopefully a cost-effective and efficient set-up to record a project that is likely to be about 12 months long.
Thanks for reading and making any suggestions.