Make sure to read about how I did it on my blog here, and watch the 4K UltraHD version: bit.ly/1g95r4y
"The sound of your shutter clicking is annoying the people around you."
- "I know, I don't care at the moment, I'm shooting some absolutely unique footage!"
Last week I was lucky enough to shoot the world's first sunset hyperlapse sequence, from an airplane. Here's how I did it.
Let me start off by saying that cinema-productions have been shooting similar looking footage for years, the difference here however is that I shot this footage using the hyperlapse technique that's been making the rounds on the internet for the past two years or so.
A hyperlapse is a special photography technique where you take a series of photos with similar framing while physically moving inbetween every shot. After stabilizing the footage with special software, you (quite literally in this case) get a flight through time and space. Because you're shooting at a slower framerate than the usual 24/25/30 frames per second, the rendered video will show the world in fastforward.
Another advantage: as I'm shooting stills (not video), I'm able to create Ultra High Definition video files, with resolutions greater than 5K.
Last week I was about to fly back from Coolangata airport (Gold Coast, Australia) to Sydney when I noticed the sun was about to set with some great cloud coverage. Knowing that I'd have a big chance of shooting some great stills, I loaded up my Canon 5D MkIII with a fresh battery and two empty memory cards, ready to shoot. Lens of choice was the Canon 24-105L, great focal range and incredibly useful built in stabilisation.During take-off I could see beautiful 'God rays' forming (sunlight shooting through the clouds, creating golden rays of light) and got very excited! A few minutes later, I ended up with this photo. bit.ly/1dooyu8 Have a look at the full gallery of stills here: bit.ly/1ct0gRV
This was only the beginning.
20 minutes later, the clouds were looking great from 30000 feet up in the air, and I decided to try out some hyperlapse sequences by setting my camera to Drive-mode, and shooting continuous stills. What I was able to shoot next was unique, and incredibly exciting to capture.
The plane angled itself towards the setting sun. I had just shot a number of cloud sequences where you can actually see the light changing gradually, as the sun was getting closer and closer towards the edge of the clouds at the horizon. Right when the climax was about to happen, I was able to compose a frame where the planes wing wasn't visible, and I had a clear line of sight of the sun going down.
Holding the camera very, very still, controlling my breathing and annoying everyone around me with my fast paced shutter firing, I knew I was in the process of capturing a world's first!
Shot with a Canon 5D MkIII body and 24-105L lens, Sandisk extreme SD and CF cards.Stabilized in Adobe After Effects, edited in Final Cut Pro X (10.1)
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