Living in the Tokyo region means that I get few chances to head out into the Wilds to document the kind of things that mean so much more to me than overcrowded cities. It's tough adjusting to life in a concrete jungle having spent the last 16yrs on islands in the Pacific and Indonesia. That said, this experience has allowed me to investigate further an area of imaging that I had previously dabbled with rather than delved into, time-lapse photography.
When I first started plotting some time-lapse shoots around Tokyo it pretty soon dawned on me that there was a potential to put this short film together. Not only would it give me a goal but it would allow me to showcase a few of the sequences I've shot in and around what I call the ‘megatropolis’. Ultimately I was looking for a way to merge those with the story of my quest to photograph the passage of the Milky Way in the skies above Mount Fuji. With this short film I endeavour to take the viewer on a voyage as I try and photograph this incredible merging of two Iconic emblems, one terrestrial, the other astral, something that is seldom accomplished for the simple reason of a lack in synchronicity between the Earth’s rotation and the path of the Milky Way.
I'm happy with the outcome and even more so that the incredible musician Rich 'Solarstone' Mowatt also felt moved enough as to allow me the use of his awesome music to accompany the piece. Filmed during four different trips to the Mount Fuji region in the past 8 months I used a mixture of cameras including a Canon EOS5D3, a GoPro Hero4 Black Edition and an iPhone6 in my quest to complete this, my first, time-lapse photography project, ‘Fujiyama’.
Editing wise I used LRTimelapse Pro with Adobe Lightroom for all the timelapse editing and FCPx as my NLE Video editing software of choice. Hardware used was a selection of gear from SYRP, MIOPS Trigger and Paxis Backpacks.
LRTimelapse Plugin for Adobe Lightroom: lrtimelapse.com
MiOPS Camera Trigger: miops.com
SYRP Motion Control and Sliders: syrp.co.nz
Rode Microphones: rode.com
Mpeg Streamclip: squared5.com
Final Cut Pro: apple.com/final-cut-pro/
GoPro: gopro.com# vimeo.com/169411849 Uploaded
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Seven Eleven by 20syl feat Ibrahim Maalouf
After making a timelapse video of Toronto and one of Paris, both cities that I lived in and really enjoy, I felt there was something missing. With that I thought of New York City. New York is one of my favorite cities. It is such an amazing source of inspiration for urban cityscape photography. I don’t plan to stay in North America forever, and New York is not that far from Toronto, so I decided to take my chance. I wanted to do something unique. Therefore, I decided to do this 4K video of New York City in which I mix aerial footage and timelapse.
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Gear list of the production:
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Aerial videos:# vimeo.com/183198466 Uploaded
Experience the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle with the eyes of an energetic drone and through silky smooth timelapse sequences. This is the first of a series of films that describes the nature of Scandinavia through timelapses and aerial photography.
Film locations in “The Midnight Sun”: Snefjord and Havøya (Måsøy Municipality in Finnmark county)
Photographer and editor: Casper Rolsted
Music: “Pro Scores” by Video Copilot
Midnight sun is when at least a part of the Sun's disk is visible above the horizon 24 hours of the day. These white nights without a sunset is a natural phenomenon caused by the axial tilt of the Earth and occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle.
The material for this project was shot during a 7000 km long road trip through amazing scenery in the summer 2016. This adventure went from Copenhagen in the south of Scandinavia through the always changing landscapes of Norway with its deep fjords, snowy mountains, glaciers and many waterfalls, through the untouched islands of Lofoten and all the way to the moon landscape at the North Cape before returning to Denmark through Finland and Sweden with thousands of lakes and deep mysterious forests. On this epic journey not only the most popular tourist places were visited. To get the right shots it was often necessary to hike for hours with heavy equipment to remote locations.
During my hiking in the nature I shot 35 thousands time-lapse photos and several hundred aerial photography videos in 4K of some of Scandinavia's most beautiful spots. Afterwards this footage was combined to make a series of 4K video films that show the beautiful landscapes of the Nordic countries. Nature's beauty can be so easily missed. It is my hope that these films will contribute to a deeper understanding and gratitude of the natural wonders in our world and to the preservation of our fragile environment in the future.
DJI Phantom 4 (UAV)
Sony A6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body
Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens
Samyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS lens
Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC MACRO lens
Digislider 2 Axis Auto-Pan Video, Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera Slider# vimeo.com/187195620 Uploaded 1,100 Plays 35 Likes 11 Comments
Take the time to observe what the mountain has to offer and capture that moment. Four days in the countryside to the changing climate and both surprising. Clarity in the dark here "To the Mist", a timelapse also available in 4K. Join the Facebook page : facebook.com/stanicmathieu# vimeo.com/188127753 Uploaded 10.6K Plays 158 Likes 15 Comments
The R44 in South Africa is a provincial route that connect Piketberg to Kleinmond, running past historical towns like Stellenbosch on it’s way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The most spectacular part of this route is between Gorden’s Bay and Betty’s Bay where it winds along the coast through the Kogel Bay region. Sheer cliffs fall into the Atlantic Ocean with the R44 hugging the mountain on winding turns.
These breathtaking views were the focus in this time lapse short film:
‘Route 44 - Dont just drive it, Explore it!’
Route 44 attracts tourists, swimmers, campers, hikers, surfers, photographers, film crews, fishermen and couples in love. It is the lifeline for four small towns to Cape Town.
This short film covers the scenes I explored; starting at Betty’s Bay, passing Pringle Bay and Rooi Els and ends at the Steenbras River mouth (Gorden’s Bay) with a beautiful green saltwater pool caught between slabs of rock and a full moon rising over the mountain.
Even though I spent four months shooting this location, I do not feel as if I have covered all the beautiful landscapes it has to offer. There is so much more to explore; hiking routes into the mountain, waterfalls and sea caves, high sand dunes and penguins, whales, dolphins and seals entertaining the waves.
Route 44 should be on your bucket list when visiting South Africa.
Premiere Pro CC
Shot in 6K RAW.
Music by: AShamaluev Music
Available in 4K.
For licensing please contact Liesel Kershoff either through Vimeo or the CONTACT page on lieselkershoff.com website.
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2016 © Liesel Kershoff# vimeo.com/164618331 Uploaded 3,674 Plays 61 Likes 15 Comments
Awesome Timelapse Showcase
Anyone can stick a Go-Pro on a tripod and make a timelapse. NOT everyone can produce timelapses like these. In recognition of the extra skill required to expertly shoot, de-flicker, stabilise, cut to music, add dynamic movement and generally create something…
Anyone can stick a Go-Pro on a tripod and make a timelapse. NOT everyone can produce timelapses like these. In recognition of the extra skill required to expertly shoot, de-flicker, stabilise, cut to music, add dynamic movement and generally create something awesome, this channel showcases timelapses that really are a cut above the rest.
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