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The Best Time Lapse you will ever see
Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 04.25.12
->> "Comprised of 308,829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film. The intent of the project was to place cameras in unique vantages across the city, achieve significant ranges of dynamic camera motion, and pursue cutting edge time-lapse techniques."

Simply amazing.

http://vimeo.com/41011190
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Daniel Berman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 12:04 PM on 04.25.12
->> That was okay...I guess :)

This video is seriously worth your time, folks.
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Michael Chang, Photographer
Robertsdale | AL | USA | Posted: 12:30 PM on 04.25.12
->> Out of curiosity, how do people do the camera movement during time lapse shots?

Awesome video!
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Brad Tollefson, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 12:40 PM on 04.25.12
->> Michael,

The typical movement is done with with slow moving dollies on tracks. It can also be made with with cranes and jibs for a full range of movement.

Vincent Laforet has a great page listing all of the different possibilities available for movement.
http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/mygear/timelapse-moco/
BT
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Tim Clark, Photo Editor, Photographer
Nashville | TN | USA | Posted: 1:21 PM on 04.25.12
->> Wow
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Bruce Schwartzman, Photographer
BALTIMORE | MD | | Posted: 3:08 PM on 04.25.12
->> Here is another one you might like called "LA LIGHT"

http://vimeo.com/27235856

And an article about the photographer Colin Rich ...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-timelapse-20120425,0,3897566.story
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Mike Isler, Photographer, Assistant
New York | NY | US | Posted: 5:54 PM on 04.25.12
->> It's a good timelapse for sure. I'd be hesitant to call it "the best you'll ever see" though!

Last night I just watched the full 40+ min "TimeScapes" feature from Tom Lowe on BluRay, and it is simply amazing. It's more nature-oriented and not urban like this piece was, but to see the full film on a large HD screen, it's jaw dropping.

There are a lot of products out there to move the camera during timelapse. Some are home built, others are commercial products.

For lateral motion, people use sliders/dollies on track mainly, as well as wheeled self-propelled platforms more recently (like this:
http://vimeo.com/15937985). For pan/tilt, there are cheap options (think star-tracking telescope mounts), mid-range (Kessler), mid-high end (CamBlock), and ultra high end (MrMoCo SFH-30/50). Some of these options also have interfaces available that can drive motors for focus racks, zoom pulls, iris adjustments and more.
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Erik Markov, Photographer
XXXX | IN | | Posted: 7:33 PM on 04.25.12
->> The visuals of it are awesome, nice tight time lapse portions, no popping between the exposures. The movement is done really well. Here's where the "but" comes in.

I'm no expert on time lapses, I've done a few but definitely need some more experience at it. As a viewer tho I would have to say it's not just this one, but a lot of time lapses I've seen done. There's no story to it, nothing that links the project as a whole. Finding Portland is kind of a vague catch all to be able to go to all these cool pretty places. Of the really well done ones I've seen I still think Keith Loutit has the best story telling and coordination. It's clear he storyboards his time lapses out like a movie, figuring out a beginning, middle and end; creating a short time lapse movie that goes beyond the visuals of the technique.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 9:39 AM on 04.26.12
->> Erik brings up an excellent point about telling a story. Many of the nature time lapses I've seen are very pretty, but after a while 4+ minutes of rolling night skies start to get a bit tiresome.

However, in this case the film achieves its presumed goal as a promotional piece for the city and I think it's very well-done in terms of giving a sense of showing what Portland has to offer.

From a technical aspect, it's awesome. The various panning movements and the variety of lenses and techniques used (especially long exposure, which isn't seen in a lot of time lapses) gives it a different feel from many of the other time lapse pieces I've watched.
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Mark Sobhani, Photographer
San Antonio | TX | USA | Posted: 12:14 PM on 04.26.12
->> Ever?
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:19 PM on 04.26.12
->> It may not be the best but I'd be willing to bet every single PR person in Chamber of Commerce offices around the country are trying to figure out how to do one for their town. It works on several levels but it showcases Portland extremely well.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:27 PM on 04.26.12
->> Just did the math...according to Criag's OP. The making of the video comes out to about 960 hours. That's forty whole days. I wonder what kind of rate they charged to make that piece.
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Peter Wine, Photographer, Photo Editor
Dayton | OH | USA | Posted: 1:13 PM on 04.26.12
->> Chuck, I agree that something is up with the numbers.
I sent the link to a friend, and as I was looking at the number (308,820 pictures) it occured to me that 4 minutes of video would 'only' have 5760 to 7200 frames.

Perhaps they had a camera in place for a long time at several locations and only used a fraction of them.

But I agree, how to you charge for something like that? If accurate, 308K is above the lifetime of most shutters.
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Jason Zindroski, Photographer, Assistant
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 2:48 PM on 04.26.12
->> Here is one a friend made a while back, a few others on his vimeo page.

http://vimeo.com/14352658
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 3:12 PM on 04.26.12
->> I always thought this one was pretty bad-ass, and with a good message, too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv9K02PC1aI
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 3:59 PM on 04.26.12
->> they would do 4-5 camera setups in some of the locations. I know at the Timbers game specifically, they had 5 cameras and 4 people shooting. They did this nearly everyday for 50 days. Ok, so maybe not the best ever, but I know these guys put so much time and work into it. It was shot for Travel Portland/TedX Portland and now has been viewed 125 thousand times in two days. Impressive if you ask me. I hope it turns into a ton of work for them.
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 2:58 PM on 04.27.12
->> @Michael Chang
http://cheesycam.com/camtrac-dolly
and
http://vimeo.com/27895941 and there are some DIY sites out there.
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Michael Troutman, Photographer
Carmel | CA | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 04.27.12
->> I'm kinda partial to this one (full screen in 1080p on a huge monitor with surround sound for maximum effect):

http://matadornetwork.com/tv/burning-man-dust-to-ashes-timelapse-vid/

Of course, "TimeScapes" is the shizzle.
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Andrew Shurtleff, Photographer, Photo Editor
Charlottesville | VA | United States | Posted: 8:24 AM on 02.07.13
->> The portland timelapse was really amazing. Here's an infrared timelapse movie. Check it out at http://blog.andrewshurtleff.com/multimedia-archive/

It's featured today on
http://timelapse.org/
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:17 PM on 02.07.13
->> If you don't have a motion dolly, you can do virtual panning and zooming in either Adobe After Effects or Photoshop CS6, although you do not achieve the parallax effect and other perspective shifts as dramatically. Here's three videos I'm made showing the difference between at-capture and in-post motion effects.

Here's a recent one I made that combines both time-of-capture dolly work and post-production panning/zooming effects, layer masking etc, for a frame-in-frame TL idea I've been experimenting with.
https://vimeo.com/56163334 I'm working on a much grander scale version of this idea, too–this is a rough cut done with not enough source footage due to technical difficulties and too-long render times to get really locked down before Christmas Eve rolled around. You'll notice some footage repeats to match the length of the song...

Here's my Holiday 2011 e-card that's got a much different feel, and all motion in done at capture with a dolly.
https://vimeo.com/34073841 The straight-up shot at :43, for example, is an example of a sequence that cannot be be done effectively in post, but only with a motion track during capture.

This one, for comparison, is all post-production pan/zoom, as I was locked into a single viewing platform over this quarry, and even if you moved six feet closer or parallel on a track during capture, there'd very little difference between the start and end frames in a sequence as it's all telephoto or hyperfocal footage...
https://vimeo.com/22051315

Generally, whenever I can add motion to the capture, I do. But sometimes lugging a six-foot long aluminum track isn't possible...

And btw, Alex, you're pinned at the top of Dynamic Perception's FB page right now for your IR/TL:
https://www.facebook.com/DynPerception?ref=ts&fref=ts Great work!
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central Jersey | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:18 PM on 02.07.13
->> And by Alex, of course I mean Andrew.
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