Time-Lapse

The Sky is Aglow Above Los Angeles.

Light pollution is one of those things most people never think about. Why would you, unless you needed to see the night sky completely free of artificial man made light. The video below is a really nice little time-lapse created to draw attention to the growing problem with light pollution an the ever striking spaces around the world where you can actually look up at night and see all of the stars in the sky.

I was drawn to this short film, because about this time last year while driving to Colorado I happened to stop in the middle of nowhere about 40 miles South of I-70 and look up. I hadn’t that kind of sky in so long I had forgotten how magnificent the night sky is when there is no artificial light to obscure your view.

This video is a blend of time-lapse footage composited with animated stills and rotoscoped footage in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Gavin Heffernan, and Harun Mehmedinovic it is a  beautiful example of what we are all missing out on, on a nightly basis. For more info go to the Sky Glow Project and for additional images, and behind the scenes shots check out their Flickr page here.

Flowers. Just in time for spring.

OK this is pretty impressive. The timelapse video below is made up from 9624 shots 5K RAW images shot over a 4 month period of time. From the look of the video, it looks as though the images were composited over the patterned background but I might be wrong about that. Created by Thomas Blanchard, the 4 minute clip is a wonderful representation of the genre and the vintage patterned backgrounds really make this video pop. For info on the music and other info, click through to Vimeo for additional links.

Here is the list of flowers that are featured in the video along with the length of each clip.

Pink wedding flowers: 353 pics, interval 11 minutes
Pink : 248 pics, interval 13 minutes
Purple Lilies : 246 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Amaryllis : 343 pics, interval 8 minutes
Red Lilie : 353 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Amaryllis : 305 pics, interval 6 minutes
Pink Lilie : 649 pics, interval 10 minutes
White Hyacinth : 332 pics, interval 8 minutes
Red Amaryllis : 340 pics, interval 9 minutes
Whites Amaryllis : 370 pics, interval 8 minutes
Orange Lilies : 342 pics, interval 10 minutes
Alstroemeria : 555 pics, interval 10 minutes
Blue Iris : 346 pics, interval 8 minutes
Daffodils : 417 pics, interval 5 minutes
Freesia : 612 pics, interval 10 minutes
White Lilies : 503 pics, interval 10 minutes
Pink Hyacinth : 636 pics, interval 7 minutes
Red Amaryllis : 259 pics, interval 8 minutes
White Lilie : 249 pics, interval 10 minutes
Tulips : 1379 pics, interval 5minutes
Amaryllis (Nymph) : 787 pics, interval 8 minutes

Dan Wood’s “Kansas City Lights”.

Over the weekend I received an email from film maker Dan Wood with a link to a video he uploaded to Vimeo about a month ago. The time-lapse short film features the unique and diverse architecture of Kansas city as seen at night. With all the positive press our city has been receiving lately I thought I would share his video.

Shot at over 30 locations, and made up of more than 6900 individual photos, this short film captures the beauty of Kansas City. As a long time resident, I drive or walk by many of these buildings on a daily basis, but never stop to examine them. What I love about Wood’s film is he has captured the architecture in a unique way that showcases the architectural detail, drama, and location in such memorable way.

If you are from here or familiar with Kansas City, try and name all the locations without cheating and looking at the list below.

In order of appearance:
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Christopher S. Bond Bridge
Bloch Building – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City Star
Crown Center
Kansas City Power and Light Building
Sporting Park – GO SPORTING!!
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kauffman Stadium – GO ROYALS!!
Western Auto Building
Arrowhead Stadium – GO CHIEFS!!
Boulevard Brewery
New York Life Building
The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall
Gem Theater – 18th and Vine Jazz District
Kemper Arena
Union Station
Kansas City International Airport
Sprint Center
KCPT Tower
Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch
Broadway Bridge
Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Arena
Kansas City City Hall
Bartle Hall Convention Center
Liberty Memorial Tower at National World War I Museum

“Beyond Nature” with the Samsung NX30.

For whatever reason, as of late I have been on a kick about gear, budgets, and what you can create with everything from bare bones to big budget. The video below from  was shot on location in Bolivia and Chile on a Samsung Galaxy NX30 with just 3 lenses.  I know there is more gear involved. Things like tripods, extra batteries, memory cards etc, but the total cost of the entire kit was probably less than $2500.00 total. The results however look like they were shot on a much more expensive camera rig, which brings me back to “These days you don’t need the most expensive gear to get insanely great results.”