All shot on the RED ONE @ 4K 16:9 from some of my favorite spots around the city
Lenses: Zeiss Ultra Primes 16mm-100mm
The raw capabilities of the Red are fantastic! After taking the images into color I saw a 180° difference in the images. The raw files were cold and dark and I was able to get so much amazing vibrance out of them.
As an avid timelapser, I have always been conflicted by the sort of timelapses I should be shooting. Day-time timelapses can be difficult to make interesting, night-time timelapses repetitive, sunsets require some amazing light, but day-to-nights being the "Holy Grail" of timelapses, so to speak? There is something intriguing about the concept of shooting non-stop for a timelapse, while maintaining an acceptable exposure and limiting the flicker, often seen in timelapses. Over the course of a few months, I developed my own method to shoot them. Not all of the timelapses in the film used my method, but many of the clips did. This video logs my journey of exploring California searching for the light over the last four months. In my travels, I have been to many places including; Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Big Sur, Birds Landing, Alta, Desolation Wilderness, and Kyburz, California. All of these places have at least one timelapse that has made the final cut into this film.
Many people don’t understand the amount of time and effort involved in shooting and processing a timelapse, and day-to-night timelapses can be even worse. I routinely find myself spending 10 hours of work for just 10 to 15 seconds of footage. In addition, most of these locations required some effort to reach. Whether hiking miles across the salt flats at Badwater Basin, climbing up a mountain to find the perfect tree and composition, or crawling down the side of a hill to get away from people in San Francisco, these clips involved research to find and effort to reach.
For those interested, the equipment I use includes:
Canon 5D Mark 3
Tokina 16-28MM F2.8
Canon 16-35MM F2.8
Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 VR 2
Dynamic perception Stage Zero for all motion excluding the intro scene
One broken Promaster XC522
Programs I use to process the photos and film include:
Adobe Lightroom 5.0
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premier Pro CC
Music: James Everingham "Approaching the light"
This film is 4K ready. If interested in licensing or viewing in 4K contact me at:
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, I will be leaving the world of timelapse for boot camp to become a United States Airman. I will be unavailable for contact until late March. Upon completing boot camp, I will be in the "In-Air-Flight-Refueling" career and I will be in charge of refueling aircraft that need fuel while flying at 20,000 feet at a few hundred miles an hour. I hope to continue shooting timelapse, and am excited for the opportunities ahead of me.
Update: Thank you so much to all of you. I am humbled and a little bit overwhelmed with all your comments. I am trying to answer all the questions (please keep 'em coming) but would like to thank each of you for taking the time to write a comment. I am reading them all. THANK YOU.
Almost 3/4 of a million views and 10k likes in one week, I am floored. It truly makes me happy that my little film is able to connect with you and hopefully evokes the same feeling of happiness that I felt while shooting it.
Thank you also so much to everybody that has left me tip. You are too kind!
It has been almost 3 years since I released "The Unseen Sea" and I'm excited and proud to share with you my latest project "Adrift".
"Adrift" is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.
The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.
I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.
I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes.
I am so grateful to Jimmy LaValle, from the band “The Album Leaf”, for composing a custom score for Adrift. Jimmy's music is fantastically beautiful and captures the mood perfectly. Please check out his website. Thanks again Jimmy for your hard work.
I hope you enjoy the film and thank you for watching.
If you like this short film, please consider using the Tip Jar below, proceeds will go towards the next project...
Licensing: Adrift is copyrighted. All of my work is available for licensing under a rights-managed agreement. If you are interested in using any of my images and/or time lapse footage, please visit my website or contact me directly. Most of my clips are available up to 4K resolution! All of them support 2.8K and standard HD resolutions of 1080p/720p. Some of my favorite scenes in the film are also available as high resolution prints.
Over the years I have been inspired by my personal travels and popular documentaries like Planet Earth. I’d watch the various episodes for hours, developing my shooting style from what I saw. After the creation of Toronto Tempo last year I had the opportunity to jump around to many different countries and work on diverse and intriguing projects. When I came back to Toronto I was approached by Tourism Toronto to create a short piece on the city. They wanted to do something entirely different, they wanted to come away from the standard tourism video, so I figured I would step as far away from those videos as possible. I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to push my shooting style by employing a purely observational perspective. I intended to capture the city in distinctive form— I wanted to make this piece different.
By utilizing time-lapse photography and slow motion to capture intimate moments, I was able to draw attention to what we might overlook, or only offer a passing glance to. I want to represent how we move through the city; how the weather moves through it and how the city breathes, transforms and grows each day. Much like other cities, Toronto is a place you have to experience to feel the energy and emotion that pulses through the streets and neighbourhoods. I hope that I can give you a brief glimpse of the beauty, and motivate you to come explore for yourself.
Thank you to my family and friends for the endless support. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed and shared my videos this past year.