I would like to welcome everyone to the Emerald City Experience; A time lapse Journey through the magical city of Seattle. The city of Seattle is a very diverse city offering everything from industrial to artistic; crowded to vacant, the hustle and bustle of a large city mixed with quiet ocean side parks. The ultimate goal was to present a video that would show what a person could see as they made their way through and around the city in the course of a day or two.

When I first set out on this project, I wanted something that had a better mix of elegance and attitude when presenting the city. To accomplish this, the video is set to a far faster rock based beat than the typical time lapse video. This also helped pay homage to the rock/grunge background of the city that spans the careers of Hendrix, Queensryche, and Sub Pop to Alice in Chains.

I was fortunate enough to find the music (“in Glory” by Alumo Music) less than half way through shooting, so there quickly became a point where the music was driving the shooting locations and styles. The music also allowed me to use faster cuts, faster scenes, while still giving room for some of the slower more elegant sequences.

Another key element in shooting this was the ability to use the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly to shoot most of the scenes. This added the ability of allowing a person to feel as if they are moving through the city. Some of the scene were shot with a faster camera movement, but many were shot with a slower movement to give a distorted mix of time and space, as if the viewers is not actually a part of the world they are witnessing.

Taken as a whole, the 38 sequences add up to more than 12 minutes of footage with more than 21,000 images. After editing it down to the final product, there are a little more than 7,000images that fly by in just under 4 minutes.
Of the 38 sequences, more half were shot during the day, and close to a quarter of the scenes go so far as to show the sun moving across the city. It was important for me to show this side of the city. Seattle certainly does get its share of rainy and cloudy days, but when the sun is out, it is an amazing place to be.

With the exception of the final scene, every scene was shot within Seattle Proper city limits. The finally scene was obviously shot from some distance away, but that was the nature of a scene such as that. Also, in this video, are the inspirations for a couple of other videos that I am working on, so stay tuned, because there is definitely some exciting stuff in the pipe.

Thanks for taking the time to watch,
Don Jensen



Special Thanks to Alumo Music for providing a fantastic piece of music that let me present the city in the way I wanted.
You can follow Alumo Music here

Tech Details
(2) canon 60d
Tokina 11-16
Tamron 17-50
Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero Dolly

The images were processed and rendered out of Lightroom with the assistance of LRTimelapse, and the final video was put to gether with Premier.

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