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Sorry for being all quiet on the western front (or middle eastern front!) but I have been up to my ears in a job in Dubai where I am timelapsing like crazy…actually my first fully timelapse commission. I’ve done lots of pro timelapse before but never JUST timelapse! I am only able to write this as am sick as a dog with food poisoning so I’m taking an enforced break! My brief is to shoot as many timelapses as I can! Well…with 5 cameras I can shoot A LOT!
I can’t say too much about it just yet other than what I am using…
I have 5 Canon DSLRs with me. 2 5DmkIIs. 2 7Ds and a 1DmkIV.
1 Vinten 100mm bowl Sticks to take the Kessler Revolution head and the Hercules head.
1 Miller Solo 3 stage with DS20 head. Great tripod and solid.
2 Gitzo tripods.
2 Delkin Fat Gecko suction mounts for sticking on windows.
1 Kessler Hercules 2.0 Head ESSENTIAL for those vertical slider moves and the new 2.0 version is so much lighter than version 1.
1 Kessler Revolution Head For motorised pans and tilts!
1 3 foot Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly 3 Foot is better for timelapse than 2 foot but it’s harder to balance, Hercules head comes in Very handy here.
1 5 Foot Cineslider A HUGE beast, but useful!
1 Kessler Outrigger Feet Used for ground mounting of slider on even surfaces…
2 500 speed motors The speed needed to do vertical moves. The Torque of the 500 pushes that camera up!
2 Bescor Batteries To keep the whole lot powered.
1 splitter for Bescor To use a battery adaptor for the Canon at same time as powering the motor stuff.
3 Kessler Canon Battery Adaptor ESSENTIAL
2 AC Canon Adaptors
2 Lenskirts ESSENTIAL for shooting through windows and killing those reflections.
1 Canon 14mm F2.8
1 Tokina 11-16
1 Canon 17mm TS
1 Canon 24mm TS
1 Samyang 35mm F1.4
1 Canon 50mm F1.2
1 Canon 16-35mm F2.8
1 Canon 100-400mm
PHEW! Lot of gear. But I am doing A LOT of timelapsing. Pretty much 24/7, 5 cameras going in different positions.
Some of it was shot RAW but the majority was shot JPEG purely because I shot so many shots! So Large JPEG was order or the day with a nice flat PP of Marvels Cine. AV mode was done for all the big light changes and smoothed out in post in FCP 7 using Long Exposure by CHV electronics. I did have sound nasty old flicker which was sorted by this plug in. There are a few HDR timelapses done using photomatix pro.In the end I had 144 timelapses. Of which about 40 made it into the below edit.
Here is the edit of some of the shots I made during this trip. Called Abraj: Plural of Burj which is Arabic for Tower.
Abraj: Plural of Burj which is Arabic for Tower.
Timelapse video featuring the two iconic towers of Dubai. The Burj Al Arab and the world’s tallest building. The Burj Khalifa.
Commisioned to shoot various timelapses of the Emirate by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. This is an edit I put together for myself of some of my favourite shots. Including some amazing views from 154 floors up on the Burj Khalifa.
Music is by Vaughan Williams: Variations on theme by Thomas Tallis
Below is a time-lapse film I made here two years ago…I think my new one is better! This one was my first ever timelapse film.
Some of the most useful little things I have with me are the Kessler Camera Battery Adaptors. I can power my 7D or 5DmkII off them with the Bescor batteries for DAYS! Add a splitter and you can power your Kessler motor at the same time. They’ve been very useful for those unmanned 24 hour shots.
Other than that I of course have LOTS of cards. DON’T use the Duracell ones you see here. They are fine for stills but crap out on video on my DSLRs and the C300. Weird!
Data wrangling is tough as it’s just me keeping on top of it. So lots of offloading each night to 3 different hard drives. A G-TECH G-Raid and 2 Western Digital My Passports. Here is what my offload folder looks like at the moment! Software used was ShotPut Pro, which is the easiest way to offload to multiple destinations and error check.
Below are some of the frame grabs from some of them and two very short BTS…
Third BTS of my timelapse adventures at Dubai.
Take two on the motorised timelapse. I like last night’s but I can do better!!
Whilst those 5 cameras were going I was talked into doing a SkyDive. Yep. A SkyDive. Not a big fan of heights but I guess you have to do it once right? Well I did. The SkyDiving bit was actually pretty incredible! Would I do it again? Am in no rush…Thankfully Jon Nash loaned me his GoPro 2 so I was able to get some cool footage! I was 2 and a half bloody miles up in the air!!!!