I love shooting time-lapses. For the uninitiated, here's a primer on time-lapse photography. If you're short on time and cannot wait to get to the videos below, here's the skinny: none of the movies below were shot as videos. They were made using individual still-shots rendered at a high frame rate. 

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Hong Kong Time-Lapse

I shot my first time-lapse movie on a two-day trip to Hong Kong.  

Random tidbit about the video

  • Place: Hong Kong, SAR (mostly Kowloon area)
  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
  • Lenses: Canon 50mm f/1.2L, Canon 17-40mm f/4L, Canon 100mm f/2.8
  • CF Card: SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CF Card (90 MB/s)
  • Other equipment used: Manfrotto 190X Pro tripod + 408 RC2 ball head, Cowboy Studio remote control shutter, ND filters, etc.
  • Images shot: ~6,000
  • Images shot hand-held: ~4,000 (although, could not have done without the tripod for the remainder 2,000 shots)
  • Software used: Aperture 3.x, QuickTime Pro 7, iMovie 11
  • Music: Lo Delta by Afterlife
  • Total time spent (shooting images + rendering): ~40 hours


Vegas Time-Lapse

Within a month from creating my first time-lapse video, I had an opportunity to create my second one. I and a friend of mine decided to make an impromptu weekend trip to Las Vegas. Time on hand was short since we were scheduled to be in Vegas for no more than 20 hours. Given that, I am really happy how this time-lapse has turned out. 

This was put together using more than 8,000 photos. Shot on my Canon 5D Mk II, most of the footage was captured using the truly wonderful Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens.