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.”

New Gear from Edelkrone. I Want, I Want, I Want.

I have been a fan of Edelkrone gear for some time now. They are producing innovative, well made camera gear at an affordable price, that meets a variety of my shooting needs. This morning I received an email from the Edelkrone team introducing a new module for their SliderPlus video sliders, and I have to admit this is a piece of gear I really want.

The new Craft Module for the SliderPlus is designed to help you figure out the math for time-lapse, stop-motion, and macro-motion videography, all of which require lengthy and often complex calculations to get right. The module simply asks the shooter a few simple questions and then calculates the complex math needed to execute the camera move smoothly over time.

The videographer chooses between photo or video time-lapse modes, then inputs the start-point, end-point, duration, frame and the final movie duration.  The Craft Module will calculate and program the movement and let you know the maximum allowed shutter speed needed to get your shot. If you choose to you can also set up without setting the end- or start-points, to calculate automated static time-lapses in seconds. The device also features a timer function to schedule a time-lapse for later.

The real sweet spot for the Craft Module, is the way it can be combined with the Edelkrone Target Module to create responsive object tracking so that the camera stays focused on a single point as the unit moves. This allows you to create a smooth pivot around an object as the camera tracks over time. Something that is extremely difficult to do by hand and achieve smooth fluid results.

I said before that the Edelkrone gear is high quality at an affordable price, and it is. That doesn’t mean it’s cheap though. Good gear will set you back and this is no different. The slider, and both control modules will run you a little over $2000.00 when it is all said and done. Frankly I think that is a bargain  when you consider what you are getting for your money, and what you will be able to achieve with this kit once you start shooting with it.

“Ancients” from Nicholas Buer.

Over the last few years motion controlled time-lapse videos have exploded on the internet. As the cost of the equipment has come down, and the quality of digital video equipment has gone up, people are producing some really spectacular short films. One that really stands out for me is “Ancients” by  . For the full back story on the video below click through to Vimeo. What I love about this short film is, unlike a lot of time-lapse landscape shorts, Buer uses framing to capture reflections of the stars in the foreground, or dropping the stars out of focus to create a dreamy bokeh behind a silhouette of tree branches. The editing, cinematography, and motion control all add up to a really nice piece with some stand out features. There is no list of equipment used, but this is all available at 4K resolution so I’m assuming he probably used a RED, a Cinema EOS or the equivalent.

“Huelux” Randy Halverson’s Film Lets You Know Spring is Just Around the Corner.

Yesterday at this time most of the central midwest was in the midst of an epic snowstorm. I know in the area of Kansas City I live in we got at least 10 inches of snow which is a reminder that winter isn’t over for at least six more weeks. If it’s anything like last year, I bet we have snow late into March. With that said, the video below is a reminder that Spring and Summer are just around the corner, and soon we will all be talking about how hot it is.

Randy Halverson shot Huelux from April-November 2013 in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah enduring many of the challenges you are faced with when shooting time-lapse footage, especially the weather. His goal was to capture the Milky way, and  Aurora Borealis, but cloud cover and storms hampered his attempts. What he did get was some amazing footage of night time thunderstorms as well as the the stars and magnetic fields at play. For more info on the film, and the gear used go to his Facebook page here, or click through to Vimeo to see the full write up on his process and equipment. The 4K version which I highly recommend watching is available here.