1. A short time-lapse film shot around the Plenty Valley and Yarra Valley in Melbourne's outer east.

    Equipment:
    Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17-40mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L

    Music:
    'Fleur De Lune' by LZN02 jamendo.com/en/artist/3483/lzn02

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  2. Mountain peaks, clouds, mist and starry sky of the Tekapo International Dark Sky Reserve in motion.

    I am very happy we made Lake Tekapo on South Island of New Zealand our winter holiday destination. Of course it had to be around the New Moon and I hoped for some clear nights. The weather was good and I had two cameras clicking away during six nights.

    One lucky night the fog descended on the valley but Mt. John remained above it. The lights of Lake Tekapo village and passing cars under the blanket of fog made for a very cool foreground. I think I like it even better than Aurora. Warm thanks to the University of Canterbury for letting me use the Mt. John Observatory grounds.

    Matariki (the Māori name for the Pleiades) eluded me due to clouds, full memory card or flat battery until the very last morning at the Church of Good Shepherd. Even then it looked like the fog thickened just before Matariki rose but it cleared up just in time when Jupiter and Venus joined the show.

    I hope you enjoy watching this short film as much as I enjoyed making it.

    Alex Cherney

    Music: ambient symphony by zero-project.gr

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  3. Colombia - 2012
    On my second holiday to this stunning country I decided to do the fatal thing and take my camera along with me. I thought about shooting a timelapse shot or two… I ended up filming on average 2 shots per day over the course of 4 weeks and it really became a working holiday!

    I was a little nervous to begin with. I had been there before, but didn’t take my DSLR along with me. Now Colombia is vastly safer than it was 20-30 years ago – however its still a little risky if you don’t know where to go. Also, the very nature of timelapse means your stuck in one place for an hour or two and it could be a nice target for opportunists! Luckily I had my father in law and new camera assistant Moises - He even took a small baseball bat along with him on an evening in Bogota! In the end we weren’t troubled at all and I’m so glad I managed to capture so many great images.

    Quite a bit of this film was shot in Bogota, and in the Quindio region, including Armenia. We also travelled to Melgar, Manizales and Pereira.

    I was limited in what I could take kit wise due to travelling with a baby. So I took a very lightweight tripod, a Canon7D and my trusty 17-55mm f2.8 lens. Had a few problems with camera shake in post, but actually the small tripod held up OK!
    This time round I shot a fair amount of HDR timelapse – and had days of processing with Photomatix. On balance I think it was really worth it. So many of the scenes had extreme exposure contrast and I really wanted to preserve detail in the sky and in the landscape itself. It was cut using FCP, and graded with Magic Bullet Looks. All of the tilt shift effects are done in post using Magic Bullet.

    Please do go ahead and visit this country if you get the chance!

    Ed Beck
    MB Films

    Music is by Skanoir, track: Pure Ambient

    Follow us:
    @Ed_Beck
    @davidcmead
    @mbfilmsuk

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  4. The video about the bustling capital of Jordan is the first in a series of four time-lapse movies about Jordan and it's main sites. The project was commissioned by the Jordan Tourism Board (visitjordan.com).
    Equipment used for the Amman video: Canon 7D, Canon G12 and Panasonic GH2, a set of lenses and two tripods. Rendered and edited in After Effects, Motion and Final Cut Pro X.

    Music: «The Orion Code», Delicate Beats, with a license of premiumbeat.com

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  5. A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, was installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard.

    The project was created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company Hungry Man. Inspired by the writer and educator JL Borges, the maze will form the shape of Borges’ unique fingerprint, covering over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high.

    festival.london2012.com/events/9000965121
    mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/amazeme-labryinth-books

    Video courtesy the artists.

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