At the end of 2013, I'd been living with my now-wife's family in Yorkshire, England. With my 30th birthday quickly approaching in January, she asked me what I wanted to do for the occasion. "I want to have sushi for dinner", I had decided. I've done this every year on my birthday since I was a kid. With there not being very many options for Japanese food in Northern England, our plans evolved to the point where we'd decided to spend a week in Paris. I took all the camera gear the Eurostar would allow me to cram on board (the timelapse dolly kept in a ski bag, as skis travel for free), and so spent the week filming time lapses in Paris' rainy January weather.
After a few days of carrying camera gear around in the rain, Lizzy asked me "Do you really want to spend your whole birthday trip filming stuff?" I paused, thought about this question for a second, and replied "Yes. Yes I do," before clamping my 6D to a metal guard rail on the roof of Printemps.
And yes, we did eat sushi on my birthday.
All but a few of these clips were shot in one week in January of 2014. A small handful were shot on a previous trip to Paris in October of 2012.
If you've got four minutes, I'd love to give you a timelapse tour of all of the most visually stunning places California has to offer, filmed over four years, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to agriculture to national parks.
California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It's almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it's own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Contiguous United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It's most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.
The average clip took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. Several cuts are from clips more than 24 hours long. I shot 423 clips over four years to make this, but the majority of the 67 clips ultimately used were shot in the last 12 months.
The music is "Intense Rocks" by Sebastian Watzinger, licensed from Audiosocket.
If you'd like some background on my process, I did an interview with Fstoppers, where I discuss technical details, cameras used, and workflow: http://bit.ly/1wfrWPo
Timelapse slider dolly by Dynamic Perception: http://bit.ly/1pci4QI
Most of the individual clips are available for license via Getty Images. Many of them feature in the Magic Window timelapse screensaver for Mac. Links are now at the top.
(If you got this far down, thank you! I'd like to add that I'm available for hire. I specialize in still photography and timelapse photography for travel, architecture, and industry.)
Full list of locations used:
Death Valley National Park
Inyo National Forest
Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve
San Luis Obispo
Sequoia National Forest
Yosemite National Park