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When I started timelapse photography a year ago I thought it would be something I could just jump right into and master, as I've been taking stills for nearly a decade now. But I was quickly humbled by the medium as I struggled to put together worthwhile footage after repeated early attempts. This, I realized, was a whole other animal.
Over and above all the technical challenges — motion control gear, constantly changing light, aperture flicker — shooting a timelapse forces you to look inside: after setting up your shot, there’s often not much you can do for hours, but sit up there and ponder while the camera does it's thing. The relationship between the cold glass, steel and concrete below coupled with the often majestic clouds, sky and sun/moon never ceases to be a source of wonder. And so the purpose of what you’re doing becomes a frequent question in your mind.
With City Rising I wanted to bring others up to this perspective, and from here, show them the city as they have never seen it before — where the boundary between earth and sky is unclear and the placid beauty of the city lays spread out below, quietly humming along. City Rising takes the viewer straight through rush hour traffic to the highest urban peaks and the clouds above it all, all in under four minutes.
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Make sure to read the information at the end of this video but basically me and DJT decided to walk a portion of Yonge Street in Toronto Canada. We started at around 9 am at the intersection of Wellington St and Yonge St in Aurora and we walked south along Yonge until we hit the end at Lake Ontario about 14 hours later. Where we ended up in the video is actually where Yonge St begins. To make our walk even more strange and interesting, I decided to do it in stopmotion, since stopmotion is what I like to do, so basically I would walk, stop and have my picture taken by DJT, as well as take his picture, so we have 2 sides captured. This was extremely tedious as you can imagine, we had thousands of pictures each, as we walked over 42 kilometers or 26 miles in 14 hours. There were many strangers wondering what on Earth we were doing taking each others pictures, we had no time to stop and explain so we made this video, which should do a better job. The next day, was a day I would not forget, having not really trained to walk so much in one day, our feet were ready to fall off, and we spent the whole day recovering on our soft sofas. Hope you enjoy this video, as it was hard to make but fun none the less and has me thinking bigger things.