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Time-Lapse Video: Toronto Tempo

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 23, 2011

I was born in Toronto, grew up in Kitchener, and returned to TO for my first two degrees. I loved it. Well, OK, I don’t miss the hot, muggy summer I lived in Tartu, a high-rise student dorm with rooms smaller than a jail cell, according to my father who designed the Edmonton Remand Center, but I loved living in the Bay/Bloor area for six years.

Ryan Edmond made this time-lapse video of Toronto. I can’t get over how much the city has changed. It’s still beautiful.

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HDR Time-Lapse Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 9, 2011

Beautiful, and bordering on insanity. HDR (high dynamic range) photography refers to the technique of combining three different exposures of the same shot so that details that the very dark and very light areas are evened out. In other words, it allows you to see details that would normally have been lost in shadow, like the rocks on a hillside in front of a rising sun. This video, Landscapes: Volume 2, is the work of Dustin Farrell, a very talented photographer and video artist. His company site is Crew West. This video is worth watching full screen.

Thanks to Miriyummy, who passed this on to me from You Got to be Kidding.

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City Limits: Time-Lapse Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 8, 2011


City Limits is a beautiful time-lapse video by French Canadian motion photographer, Dominic Boudreault. You can see a larger version on his site, He made this video over a period of six months, with photographs taken in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Manhattan, and Chicago. I can’t figure out how he was able to set up a tripod in some of these locations. The photos are so detailed that it’s best to watch this video in full-screen mode.

His time-lapse video of Quebec City is also worth a look — 2600 frames, shot over four months. Most of us just want to crawl under the covers when the temperatures get that low. To photograph all those frames in a Quebec winter takes real fortitude. Impressive!

Thanks to Mirj of Miryummy for the heads up.

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Time-Lapse Video: The Mountain

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 27, 2011

Another astonishingly beautiful time-lapse video by Terje Sorgjerd. He filmed it April 4 and 11, 2011, at El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain (3718 meters). He writes,

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

Terje Sorgjerd’s Facebook page: TSO Photography

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Time Lapse Video of Yosemite

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 28, 2010

And this is what Sean Stiegemeier calls a first attempt? Wow. Those night shots are amazing. This is the same guy who made the Iceland volcano time lapse video that I blogged about a few days ago.

In the comments he writes:

Settings were kind of all over the place. The night shots were 30 sec exposures every 2 minutes. Day was every 15seconds for some. 30 and 45 for others.

Cameras were 5D, 5D Mark II, 1ds Mark II. Panning shots were just with a cheap telescope head. It worked ok, but some motion blur with the long exposures.

Yea the HDR stuff is a nightmare with the color and shading crap that it pulls on me. I think as long as the light doesnt change dramatically like at sunsets it works but otherwise it gets crazy.

I’m not sure how one captures the movement of a shooting star with a 30-second exposure. One would expect a motion blur. Or maybe it is a motion blur, whizzing by so fast that the eye perceives it as motion.

All that and HDR, too? That’s an impressive amount of work. The processing could be done in batches with Photomatix, but it would still require really big cards (or possibly generated a faux-HDR from RAW) to handle those files!

The shot of the stars through the tree canopy at the end is haunting.


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