1. The images used in this time lapse were taken in 2011 over the course of three summer months in Europe. My wife's mother lives in Lithuania, just outside of the capital city Vilnius, so we decided to make it our homebase from the end of May through August while we traveled to various countries. Some of the places we had been to were new to us, others we had visited before. But all in all, it was an amazing summer and definitely an unforgettable part of our lives.

    We split our summer up into four trips. Between each of these trips, we'd fly back to Vilnius and relax for a week or so before packing up and heading off again. Our first trip took us to London. We spent three nights there before catching a quick flight over to Amsterdam. We spent another three nights (which became our default) in Amsterdam and then took a train down to Paris. We originally planned on three nights in Paris, but after day two, we realized how much more we wanted to do and that we didn't have enough time. So we extended our stay and ended up being there for six nights. I can't recall why, but for some reason, we had to cut the trip short and head back to Vilnius after Paris.

    Next on our list was Scandinavia (or at least part of it). Neither of us had been there before, so we were super pumped. We started with three nights in Stockholm, followed by three nights in Copenhagen, another three in Helsinki, and capped it off with a final three nights in Riga. We really wanted to go to Norway, but felt that it would require an entirely separate trip of its own, just to explore the fjords and all of the beautiful natural scenery. Stockholm was an amazing city and we both agreed that we could easily settle down there. Riga also blew us away and I feel like it's one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe.

    After another week or two back in Vilnius, we headed to the island of Crete for a week at an all-inclusive resort. We took a day trip to Santorini, which consisted of the most hellish eight-hour round trip boat ride ever, but that's another story. Definitely want to get back to Santorini, but we'd have to go for at least a few nights to make it worth it. Such a beautiful island.

    Back to Vilnius again for another week or so, and then we headed out to Italy. Our summer in Europe was ending soon, so we only had enough time to visit Cinque Terre for three nights, with one night in Milan on each end of that trip.

    The summer of 2011 was surreal. We visited so many places, saw so much, ate so much, and it all happened so quickly. Thank you to my amazing wife for being my little assistant and for having the patience to stand around waiting for all of these time lapses to finish!

    Cities visited:
    Vilnius
    London
    Amsterdam
    Paris
    Stockholm
    Copenhagen
    Helsinki
    Riga
    Heraklion (Crete)
    Fira (Santorini)
    Milan
    Cinque Terre

    Here's a scene-by-scene list of all the cities in order:
    davidkosmos.com/davidkosmos/scene-by-scene-list-of-cities-in-eurolapse

    Shot with Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm
    Edited in Adobe Premiere CS6

    Photos from our summer in Europe can be seen at:
    500px.com/davidkosmos/sets

    And photos of some of the most amazing dishes we've ever eaten:
    flickr.com/photos/davidkosmos/sets/72157627015738246/
    (Apologies for the poor editing of these images, which I suppose I thought were edited nicely at that time?)

    Music: "Journey's End" by Blackmill, from the Reach for Glory album. Used with permission.
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    itunes.apple.com/us/album/journeys-end/id423339211?i=423339288
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    Twitter: @davidkosmos twitter.com/davidkosmos

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    Venturing on a short TimeLapse journey to the Kalahari - South Africa, I was on a mission to put the Shukuma dolly to the test. This was the first time that I would actually do a full-on shoot with the Shukuma dolly, testing out all the features and functions. I would also get to shoot on the joined 3m rail. On top of this, I had the opportunity to use the Merlin Telescope Head for the first time and I was really excited about the shots I wanted to get.

    After arriving fairly late in the afternoon with only two and a half days of shooting, no time was wasted to start setting up for the first shot. Generally TimeLapsing means no sleep but with this trip it was even worse since I used a paraffin lantern to light some of my night shots with. The surrounding grass was waist-high and a runaway veld-fire could start in seconds if I wasn’t careful or if a strong wind starts to blow.

    My second shot was set up for some nighttime shooting, focusing on the Milky Way. When I was going to have a peak again towards the end of the shot I noticed the cart was already at the end of the rail so it must have just finished. When I previewed the last shot that was taken I was astonished with the results. My first proper Milky Way shot!

    As time went by there was no time to rest - not for me, nor for the Shukuma dolly. As soon as the one shot was complete it was setting up for the next. Shot after shot the Shukuma dolly was always busy. I tested the rail in all angles you can think of, at various intervals and shooting at various speeds on the motor.

    My findings while shooting with the Shukuma dolly was impressive. The rails joined together perfectly providing super smooth and consistent movement throughout the 3m length. It’s so easy to set-up the dolly, even when out in the bush, particularly with ease of movement of the tripods along the rail. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the Merlin Head and got some great results with it.

    Being in a rural location with no electricity, batteries could only be charged from a generator or the inverter in the vehicle. Understandably with TimeLapse photography, there is always a battery to be charged. When one is flat or not in use, it is always on charge. I didn’t want to have any let downs of missing a shot due to batteries not being fully charged. In the end the Land Rover battery didn’t last! Just before departing the last morning I found that the battery has died. Thankfully there is a generator on the farm so I was able to charge the battery from there.

    I took a total of 8990 images, taking up 63GB of hard drive space. In the end, a total of 2500 images was used to produce this reel.

    SPECIAL THANKS TO:

    Jonelle Louw:
    My wife, my assistant and my own personal DOP.

    Nathan Pilcher:
    For letting me shoot with his Merlin Head. Awesome!

    Herman van Deventer:
    For final edit proofing and advice. You rock!

    Music:
    “Living is giving” by Mark Petrie - Vimeo Music Store right here on this site :-) vimeo.com/musicstore

    Equipment:
    Shukuma DOLLY in full force. Impressive! - timelapsesa.co.za
    Nikon D700 / 20mm f2.8 Nikor Lens (manual focus)
    Merlin head
    Dynamic Perception's MX2 Controller (Thank you very much Chris for allowing me to use and slightly modify this controller for my Shukuma DOLLY)

    TimeLapse knowledge:
    The one and only Tom Louw's site: timescapes.org
    Our good friend: Google

    Software:
    Adobe After Effects
    Apple Final Cut Pro
    Adobe Lightroom
    LR TimeLapse - lrtimelapse.com (Thank you Gunther for making this software FREE and also doing this, I have been asking Adobe to build this into LightRoom for a long time now)

    God:
    For blessing me with some clouds in the day and clear skies at night!
    For creating a majestical universe and breathtaking landscapes!
    And of course for my talents to produce all of this.

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    Shot in Istanbul with the Nikon D4 and D800. Everything until the timelapse was shot with the Nikon D4, very soft if you are using the full frame sensor, very sharp in crop mode! I used the D800 after the timelapse shot!

    Very happy with the results. D800 is very sharp. Everything recorded internally!

    Graded in 20 minutes with Davinci Resolve Lite.

    Music:
    Brian Tyler - Coming of Age

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  4. ** Please also check out EARTHEREAL II: vimeo.com/adonispulatus/earthereal2

    The International Space Station Expedition 30 crew shot some truly awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences flying over practically every square mile of the globe.

    I downloaded the high-resolution image sets that have been made available by the NASA Johnson Space Center and constructed this short time-lapse film in hi-res 2K project format. I was amazed at how clean the Nikon D3S images turned out (even at ISO 3200 and above) which kept the post-processing requirements to a minimum.

    Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center available from: eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ForFun/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/

    Cameras: Nikon D2X and D3S

    Lenses: 28-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 28mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4

    Technique: The majority of the images were shot at 1 second intervals, ISO 200-12800.

    Post Processing:
    :: Downloaded more than 16K hi-res images from NASA for this project
    :: Image sets adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 3.6
    :: Image sets imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 2K 24p project
    :: Used GBDeflicker for the image sets with shorter exposure times. Highly recommended: granitebaysoftware.com/Products/ProductGBD.aspx
    :: Exported as 2048x1024 24p MP4 @ 75Mbps

    Soundtrack: "Rallying the Defense" by MachinimaSound.com licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

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  5. Short video shot during two days in New York.
    A quick half a day edit.

    I really enjoyed the experience, having a chance to test out new D800, D4 DSLRs. They are amazing tools for event videographer, documentary independent filmmaker. Great to meet in person Sandro Miller, the director of beautifully shot "Joy Ride" film and many colleagues from around the world. All shot on the go, handheld, tripod only on time lapses. Did this on purpose to put a cam to real test. For the same reason all sound recorded with on camera mic.

    My observations:
    *improved Dynamic range, probably best among all the DSLRs today, love Nikon colors, very film like, imo.
    *amazing low light sensitivity, on a D4.
    *improved rolling shutter, still present, be careful for dynamic, highly camera moving shots.
    *great button controls, both D4, D800, one switch automatic ISO if needed, color temperature, ISo settings.
    /A couple of shots here are taken with Panasonic GH2, Sedna A hack to compare it to the Nikon.

    /Soundtrack by Kosheen
    At the end, featuring Grey Matter the beatboxer, BS (MC), Dan Cary (Singer), Spencer Beatbox (beatboxer/squeegee noise), Cocoa Sarai ( Singer ).

    Cheers!

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