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Do you remember when you got your first 17 inch CRT computer monitor, and how excited you were? What are you using now? A 17 inch LCD? Probably bigger. Even my work computer is a 27 inch LCD... Oh how technology advances.
There's always a discussion going on somewhere in the photographic world about whether or not "iPhoneography" actually counts for anything. My short answer - you're damn right it does! I'm not afraid to admit that I'm in love with Instagram, and for good reason... It helps me keep my compositional eye sharp for times when I'm not shooting professionally or don't have my camera with me.
For some reason that I can't necessarily explain (not that I need to), time lapse videos have become somewhat of a hot commodity as of late. For me, they entertain my obsession with time, automation, and natural progression. Much of the equipment that is required to create these incredible pieces has become very affordable, allowing even the most inexperienced to come out with something decent with only a minor amount of dabbling.
In any case, I have yet to see a anywhere online that has put all of these amazing films in one place. So, I've decided to present some of the most recent cinematic time lapse masterpieces right here for your viewing pleasure. I would recommend, if your computer can handle it, to turn on HD and view these in full screen. It'll be worth it, I promise.
Android Dreams is the visual genius of Samuel Cockedey combined with the soundtrack from Blade Runner by Vangelis. This is the first time I've seen a time lapse put to this type of soundtrack, and I must say, it definitely works well. The entire work took about a year for Samuel to shoot, using a Canon 5D MkII. There's a great interview with Samuel on Season 9. Also, don't forget to visit Samuel's website for more of his great work.
The opening scene to Toronto Tempo, by Ryan Edmond simply fascinates me. Nearly every time I get the chance, I love to sit in the front of the train and watch it pull in to each and every station along the way. Ryan's execution of this is perfect. What makes this time lapse from the city I love so great is that he gets places that not many people see in Toronto, and even brings along his Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly to get the moving time lapses. All in all, a great execution, and certainly one that should make Toronto proud. More of Ryan's work can be found on his website.
If I ever needed any motivation to move to Iceland, this video by Joe Capra (SCIENTIFANTASTIC) would most certainly be it. Captured over the course of 17 days, Joe pulled off what I truly believe not many people have the ability to do. Simply amazing landscapes with great vantage points, and once again, a great use of that beautiful motion dolly. What's also great is that I'm pretty sure the plane at the 30 second mark is the same plane that Sean Stiegemeier incorporated into his time lapse, Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull (considered, by me at least, to be the one time lapse that started this whole trend). Definitely visit the Vimeo page for the video and check out Joe's other works.
With possibly one of the most beautiful time lapses you'll ever see, Dustin Farrell has created an amazing video that I think I've watched at least 10 times. Serene, yet invigorating, I think this video might just become the video that I use to pump myself up for whatever creative endeavour I intend to take on. Also, if you were thinking that some of these photos would make great desktop wallpapers, Dan Levy is way ahead of you.
First and foremost, I am a self-proclaimed nerd. I like technology and there's really no other way to say it. What's more, I love external hard drives. As a data fiend, I have an external for pretty much everything I do. One for photos, one for video, one for music. I also have a couple others for random documents and storage overflow. Of all of the hard drives I have though, there is none that is more near and dear to my heart than the G-Safe 1TB.
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