I’ve recently been practicing timelapse photography and there are lots of inspiring videos online that use techniques from tilt-shift lenses to motorised sliders.
A couple that stand out for me are The City of Samba which uses tilt-shift lenses to give a miniature or toylike appearance to the people and boats, it works especially well at a vibrant street parade towards the end, a proper Toytown! Also The Mountain which uses motorised sliders and HDR photography to really make you feel like your on that mountain.
I thought I would start begin with static scenes then create the impression of movement with perceived camera movement in post. My first timelapse film was shot in Ireland whilst on mountain walks in the beautiful county Kerry. I’ve visited family living in a mountain valley there for many years and found it tricky to capture the right feel of the landscape through photography. I think timelapse can perhaps get closer to it in some ways than my photography can.
I shot some night timelapse that I was pleasantly surprised with. They take more of a time commitment once the camera is setup as each frame can be 15-20 seconds exposure. But worth it I think for the dreamlike quality they can have.
I used a Canon 5D Mark II, with Samyang cine lenses 24mm 1.5 and 14mm 3.1. Day timelapses are between 3 and 5 seconds exposures with 160 iso. Whereas the night shots are between 15 and 20 seconds with iso’s of between 600 and 1400. I find some denoising and deflickering is sometimes needed for the night shots with some sharpening added back in.
I am going to produce a second timelapse film of Dartmoor and Devon that will be filmed sporadically over the next year. Here is a short from the first test shots of Haytor on Dartmoor: