New timelapse short film “Sky”

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It’s the end of my Dubai shoot. We haven’t got everything in the bag so I will have to come back at some point to finish it off.

One of the best things I did whilst here was move hotels on my own money so I could have a killer view to do lots and lots of timelapses. I moved to the new Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Initially I was on the 4th floor and here is what I put together of some of my timelapse tests last week.

I showed them to my producer and he loved them, I said it would be much better if I could be higher in the hotel, so he made a couple of calls and I got moved to the 18th floor where the views were spectacular.

I also went out and did some other timelapses, from the ground looking at the same buildings as i could see from my room. Of the world’s most expensive hotel, also some of and from the world’s tallest building.

Both my 5DmkIIs and my 7D were used as was my Lumix GF1 which was used for a large number of the shots in this piece including the star timelapses.

I was mostly in aperture priority mode. The second shot was done over 24 hours from my balcony and the camera took a shot every 15 seconds. The others varied between 1 second and 4 seconds. Mostly AV mode but the shot of the Burj al Arab and the one from the top of the Burk Khalifa I had in manual so when it got dark it looked dark.

When shooting timelapses I find I tend to throw away about a third of them as they don’t quite work. But I am getting better, learning from my mistakes. After all it’s only by making mistakes do you improve! I am using a plug by CHV for FCP called Long Exposure which evens out some of the flickering. It’s very cheap. I also graded this strongly using Magic Bullet Looks. Don’t forget you get 20% off of MBL from by using the code Bloom20

Lens wise I used the 70-200m F2.8 Canon. 16-35mm F2.8 Canon. 24mm F3.5 TS Canon, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Panasonic 20mm f1.7, Olympus 17mm f2.8, Canon 24mm F1.4, Sigma 10mm Fish Eye

I mostly shot aperture priority mode to cope with the light change Sometimes in manual. You don’t need expensive cameras to do this. The GF1 is a cheap camera and there are even cheaper ones out there like some of the powershot series with built in timelapse. It’s great fun, very boring to shoot but ultimately the most rewarding.

GF1 in action

Shooting on the world's tallest building

The world's most expensive hotel!

I must say that I really had a lovely time here. I enjoyed Dubai much more than last time. Big thanks to all the crew. To Arun, thanks mate despite the accident! Ryan, Elie. To Ian for hiring me again and to Graeme for being the jolliest man I have ever met.

I want to dedicate this film to Sky Vasser, daughter of my friend Vanessa Vasser whom I worked with on “Nightshift” who died at a tragically young age. I only met her a handful of times but she had enormous personality that I will never forget. My thoughts are with you Vanessa.

Sky from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Filmed in Dubai over 5 days and nights.

Shot on the Canon 7D, 2x5DmkII and one Panasonic GF1

Made in memory of Sky Vassar who died recently at a tragically young age.

Thanks to Media Prima and Talkabout Media

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  1. Steve says:

    Great video, I especially liked the really long shot looking over dubai from your hotel window, the fog looked amazing.

    Did you have the camera set up in a room separate to the one you were staying in? I would have though you would gotten a bit annoyed with the constant shutter noise throughout the night! Also you wouldn’t be able to turn on the lights because of reflections.

    I want to try some of these out but my Olympus E500 doesn’t have any good way that I know of to add an intervalometer. The problem is that the only way of triggering it is by IR. I might try and work out some kind of hack to work around it, but I would need to leave the camera permanently on ready to receive an IR trigger.

  2. gavin duffy says:

    Wow Philip, amazingly beautiful!!!!

  3. adam says:

    that was stunning. Love the way the sky dances around those iconic buildings

  4. Ralph says:

    Another awesome video Phil, you are such an inspiration.

  5. jeepers creepers that was your best timelapse so far! Some beautiful images…i was in Dubai a few weeks ago…only the airport!!
    yesterday someone mentioned a plug in called NEAT VIDEO on one of your comments, I then bought it online…99 dollars and it really works for removing noise and artifacts in general, from old vhs right up to RED footage…it is worth investigating. Thanks as ever, Julian

  6. Jon Connor says:

    WOW! That was absolutely amazing! I loved all of them but really really enjoyed the shot down on the pool and the fisheye of the big building! Great work as always that must have taken a ton of hours!!

  7. Jonny Jones says:

    Absolutely epic Phil! A truely fascinating perspective on Dubai as well as a priceless way of spending the time when you weren’t doing the interviews for the documentary! Beautiful!

  8. arif rasib says:

    simply stunning philip.

  9. royze says:

    i really enjoyed this movie and was anticipating to see the end product of your dubai trip..
    i loved the burj alarab shot, it was really just right…
    also nice work on the flickering and the color gradings..

    I hope on your next trip you could get the footage you need, and perhaps shoot something in Abu Dhabi 😉

    Abdulla, Tokyo

  10. Zaynt says:

    Those are some awesome timelapses. I especially love the ones where you can see the the stars (or rahter the earth) moving in one direction and the clouds in the other. I have to start playing around with some timelapses again on my 7D…so worth the wait when you get shots like that.

    Quick queston about your gear: I can see you are using the Glidetrack Shooter. Are there any advantages to getting the Shooter (the one with the “handles”) over the regular SD Range without any handles?

  11. yann rivault says:

    very nice shots ! the city in the blue sea is like an urban eye watching us, well done, did you use magic bullet looks ?

  12. Ben says:

    Hey Philip,

    These are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    How do you keep proper exposure for the segments that move from day into night? Also, do you just hang out near your camera the entire time so no one makes off with it?

  13. Adrian P says:

    Mesmerizing Mr Bloom!

    Absolutely beautiful. I think it’s fair to say you’ve nailed the timelapse as a form with this piece.

    Can I ask if you’re still shooting with a flat picture profile? The blacks in this are so beautifully glossy. I realise you’ve graded it with MB,but I’ve yet to achieve the glossy blacks you have with this night footage.

    Funny as I type this I realise I’m asking an irrelevant question as they are still images. Douh!

    Would love to hear your opinion of picture profile settings for the Canons irrespective.

    A very fitting tribute to the loss of a friend.

  14. Steven Carubia says:

    Gorgeous images Philip. You’re becoming quite proficient at timelapse photography.

    For those shots that transition from day to night or vice versa, do you manually adjust the exposure as you go? I’m curious because if you’re doing very long exposures to capture the stars for instance, once the sun comes up your image would be blown out.


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  16. Uwe Steinmueller says:

    Love it and the music.

  17. Oren Arieli says:

    Inspiring, as always. Have you considered playing with the motion-tracking telescope mounts (micro-stepping motor) to add another dimension to your stunning work?
    What do you do to kill the time while the camera clicks away?

  18. Jonny Mason says:

    This was overwhelming. Such beautiful photography.
    Thankyou Philip.

  19. Scott S says:

    Wow. Not of this world. Amazing.

  20. Ryan says:

    Sorry to bug you about this again, but still having trouble here with my own time lapse / FCP setup.

    What are you using for your easy setup and sequence settings when you bring the mov over from QuickTime?


    1. pbloom says:

      am using the same as my sequence settings. whatever that is for the project. For this one is ProRes LT 25p 1920×1080

  21. Beautiful. Love the vignettes — not usually a fan of this, but well done here. Would love to see a tutorial on how you graded this, and the differences between the Dungeness grading.

  22. John Novotny says:

    At 0:26 you set the camera for day light settings and then at 0:56 it looks like a true day to night sequence or is that a crossfade?

    1. John Novotny says:

      Great work as usual. 🙂

    2. John Novotny says:

      Ah got it now after reading more deeply, the sun comes up so quickly at :26 that if fooled me.

      Cover the eye piece to reduce flicker. There’s also a flicker reduction discussion at

      1. pbloom says:

        and on my previous blog a few days way i find is simply to do reduce flicker in post

      2. pbloom says:

        i did colour correction on the 24 hour one to make it look better on the change. But yes the sun did come up.

        1. John Novotny says:

          LOL The sun rises are different closer to the equator than they are here in the frozen north which are more angular and closer to the horizon. Twilight lasts longer.

          At first I thought you crossfaded to avoid flicker issues. I had sigificant flicker in my first attempts but that was greatly reduced with software as well.

          Another issue I experienced was white balance changes, Doh! I left AWB on.

          MSU Deflicker works great for PC users to remove flicker as a plug in for VirtualDub.

  23. Christian says:

    Some very cool time lapses in there!

    One suggestion, turn your frame blending off if you’re going to change the speed of your shots in post. That feathery, transparent frame blending artifacting ruins a couple of otherwise good shots.

  24. Like the other folks said, absolutely beautiful! The framing of the city reflected in the water was priceless. Reminds me of one of those 1980’s large scale oil paintings of a futuristic space port. I guess the score made me think of that too. Like your bound for someplace off-world and you won’t be back for a while. A lonely feel.

    Wow, it’s late, I need to get to bed. Starting to get delirious. Have a safe trip home.

  25. Andrew Reid says:

    WOW absolutely stunning, especially the way the shadows shift across the landscape and the tilt-shift lens shot of the swimming pool lighting up. What an amazing looking place as well, it looks more like a city of 2030 than 2010.

    GF1 – nice camera for the money. Did you use the F1.7 lens wide open or stopped down for extra sharpness?

    For one 5D Mark II you could get 3 of those GF1 kits and speed up the process of making timelapses.

    1. pbloom says:

      hi Andrew

      loads of compacts do timelapses like the Ricoh ones and the canon powershots. I think i was stopped down a bit…

      1. Andrew Reid says:

        Well thats the beauty of the timelapses pieces – you don’t need an expensive camera to produce a video like this.

        The GH1 (not sure about GF1) has a nice trick up it’s sleeve which helps for timelapses, and you don’t need to wear out the shutter by taking photos…

        I use the 720p video mode. Post V1.1 firmware update. Manual mode and manual focus. Now you can have shutter speeds as low as 1/2 in video mode. No need for external remote control intervalometer. This is great for timelapses.

        Even shooting video at 1/10 gives a huge light boost compared to 1/30 or 1/50 required for smooth video. But 1/30 speeded up by 300% afterwards will of course look like nice smooth timelapse video footage.

  26. chris schwartz says:

    amazing stuff phil, and great song from the fountain

  27. Michael B. McGee says:

    i’m sure you’ve mentioned this in your blogs before, but what do you do for hours on end while filming a time-lapse scene, especially when on location away from the comfort of your room? do you bring along a folding chair and a recent “book of the month” or maybe book of the week in your case? or do you sit in your limo drinking Champagne counting all you money? you or one of your colleagues should shoot a bts/making of. i envision a parody of what might actually take place. it’d be interesting to see.

    i noticed in your stills that you use a small/short “slider”. is that how you achieve your push ins or are those done in post?


    1. pbloom says:

      most of them are left unmanned, well the long ones in my hotel room…cleaner mucked up one by closing curtains covering cameras. i put do not disturb on next one. the others take about an hour or so. I tend to go into the lotus position and meditate…or just go on twitter and fiddle with my iphone!

      I think we could make a parody. lots of us will be in Chicago at weekend so may make funny film then!

      Sliders are for video only. Push ins for timelapse are all in post

  28. Barry van Varik says:

    Hi Philip,

    In one word: beautiful! It gives me a feeling of timelessness.

    I only just started doing time-lapses with my EX3 (don’t have a proper DSLR yet and deciding between 5Dmk2 or 7D) and I only started to realize how difficult it is to do properly. And I imagine it is even harder with DSLR!


    1. pbloom says:

      very fiddly but rewarding and hugely powerful. I love timelapse my ex3 though. done loads!

  29. MikeC says:

    Excellent, your best one yet by far!!

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  31. Adrian P says:

    Philip have I done something to piss you off? I don’t know how I would have done this but in the last 12 months I think I’ve made two posts to your blog and by the looks of it had both of them removed, or at least removed by your moderator.

    I’m happy to apologise if I need to for something,but given that we don’t know each other, and that I post so infrequently I don’t know what exactly I could have done. If my posts were objectionable I’d understand, but I’m pretty sure they were innocuous enough.

    Hoping you can enlighten me.

    Adrian Price.

    1. pbloom says:

      not at all Adrian. Only seen your recent post which just approved. Was on plane back from Dubai so wasn’t able to approve it. I mod everything and only delete rude comments. You haven’t done anything wrong!! YET!! 😉

  32. Shmuel Hoffman says:


  33. Xan says:

    Nice work phil! beautiful shots there make me wanna visit!

    The Fountain, awesome choice. One of my fave scores 2nd to Solaris.

    Good Times

  34. Carlos Prio says:


    The SKY piece is incredible!!! How are you powering the 5D for your 24hr shots??? Any heat issues???

    1. pbloom says:

      thanks Carlos. Had a mains power supply. No overheating issues. Only took a photo every 15 seconds or so…

  35. Nick Prevas says:

    Amazing video Philip!

    How did you do timelapse on your Canons? I have a 7D & my girlfriend has a 5DM2 (very lucky, I know) but I haven’t found any camera function to do interval shooting. I’ve done it in the past w/ a Nikon. Were you just clicking away with a stopwatch, or did you have it patched into your laptop? Please let me know… I’m very curious as to how to accomplish this!

    Thanks so much for all your great work!!!

    1. pbloom says:

      hi Nick. stick in timelapse in search engine on my site and it will bring up all you need to know including post…also check out blog from about 5 days ago all about timelapse. tells you what you need for canons…P

  36. ian c says:

    Damn those behind the scene photos are good!

    1. pbloom says:

      mmmm….had to do a lot of post work on some of them… 😉

  37. Kevin Steele says:

    Outstanding. I’ve started to play with longer exposures for motion blur of people in daylight, trying to create swathes of motion and color without being jarring when played back at 24fps. Soundtrack was very fitting to this too, The Fountain was a visually beautiful film.

  38. Ryan says:

    WOW…Phil that was awesome, never seen Dubai look so majestic…makes me want to go out there and shoot some stuff by myself…Now if I can only get those permissions…

    1. pbloom says:

      thats the joy of DSLRS. all of that can be done without permission bar one shot of burj al arab looking up…even allowed tripods up top of burj khalifa

  39. infoPimps.Rakesh says:

    Excellent work man!
    My favorite piece from you so far!

  40. Peter says:

    Oh, those poor shutters! I can only imagine how many exposures these videos take! Very nice as always!

  41. coreworld says:

    Fantastic as always. Quick question, for the day to night shots I know you use app. priority but what do you do for white balance in camera? It seems like they start in daylight then go to incadecent. Or do you shift the color balance in post?

    1. pbloom says:

      thanks. i change it in post

      1. Trey Hill says:

        hey Philip,

        quick question about white balance. i’ve seen you say set it to manual, which is all well & good, but you’re not there to change it on a 4 day time lapse, so have you found a good color temp. that works for those long day to night shots?

        also, when you say you’re changing in post, are you changing the white balance in magic bullets?

        1. pbloom says:

          stick it on 5.6k and use colour corrector in FCP to change balance.

  42. Taylor Wells says:

    This is amazing your best timelapse so far. Incredible!!!!

  43. Taylor Wells says:

    That was amazing. That was your Best timelapse so far. Incredible!!!!

  44. mike kobal says:

    mir fehlen die worte.

  45. sesa says:

    Superb immage and colors, tnx Philip

  46. STR says:

    Brilliant – very epic / powerful shots…
    Awesome dedication piece.

    Couple of Q’s:

    What lens did you go with for the city night shots ?

    – they look fantastic..
    How did you manage focus? – city seems amazingly sharp yet the water seems crisp and detailed.

    2:17 shot – Burj Khalifa ? – would love to have seen that shot go into the night!

    and yes – love the fountain and its score – perfect choice.

    If you had more time or next time you go – some out of city / wildlife / desert time-lapses would be wicked (I imagine the city lets out a fair amount of light / smoke – which inhibit clear star viewing)

    Keep em coming Phil – Tom better watch out… 😉

    1. pbloom says:


      long exposures and aperture set to around f4.

      Unfortunately that shot from Burj Khalifa was set to manual and being watched by my assistant. I actually didn’t think we would be allowed to be up there as long as we were so the shot just went black.

      Problem with those lovely star timelapses is they take HOURS to do each one…planning on doing some in the US over the next two months. I didn’t have a car was restricted to locations we were shooting at or my hotel room!

  47. Dittrich says:

    Just awesome. A Question though, when recording a timelapse standing outside, what do you do while ‘waiting’ for recording to finish?

      1. Anders says:

        You don´t say!

  48. Herik says:

    Hi philip,

    great job ! I have a question about the GF1 (and the GH1).
    is it possible to lock the shutter in order to save the curtain ??

    excuse my poor english.

    1. pbloom says:

      sorry i don’t understand

  49. Very beautiful piece. Meditative and tranquil to watch, even with all the activity of the cars and night time cranes. I love how taking away ambient sound and replacing it with a piece of music can just totally transform a visual experience. I was imagining that something like this might have been paired with an Arabic-techno track for a completely different effect. As it is, this is a touching memorial tribute. Very respectful. Thank you for sharing this!

  50. Fabio Canale says:

    Hi Philip,
    I’ve been following your work for some time now and must say I’ve learned a lot from you, here on your website, your vimeo and the other sites you co-founded. Thanks! I recently acquired a 7D and have been blowing my mind with it, looking forward to buy a glidetrack and a viewfinder to improve my videos!!
    So, I’ve been trying some timelapses on my own (made one with a EX1 and with the 7D, wich looks much better) and I’m facing the flickering problem you comment… didn’t try the CHV plugin yet, though. I still don’t have a intervalometer but I managed to control the camera through my mac using the EOS Utility, but the interval has to be 5seg minimum…
    Now here’s something I’ve wondering about: I might have to do a 24h timelapse to show on an event in a very wide screen, I was thinking of putting 3-4 cameras side by side and shoot the timelapse in sync and create a huge horizontal timelapse in post. But since I don’t have 3-4 cameras, I’m trying to find out if it will work and test whatever I got to test with my 7D alone before I go and rent all this equipment… do you think it might work?

    Sorry for the long comment, and thanks again for all the info you have been sharing on the web for all of us around the globe

  51. Joe B. says:


    Been following your work for a long time; I’m often inspired, but ‘Sky’ takes the cake for “whoa”-factor. Fine work my friend, all the best, JB Jr.

  52. summit425 says:

    thank you very much for the amazing video!

    I always wanted to try these but didn’t give me enough inspiration.

    After I watched your video I decided to give it a shot with my sony alpha dslr.

    Of course I will get an intervalometer but I’d like to know if I need to set a focus as manual.

    Sometimes I will leave my camera with the intervalometer on so I am sure camera will focus on something differently each time especially objects are moving.

    What do you suggest? Should I use manual focus all the time?

    What is the downside of using manual focus?

    thanks for your time

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  55. Again you never ceaze to amaze…………. Brilliant stuff……H

  56. Markus says:

    Great time lapse shots and as always – beautifully edited together. You do have an exceptional feel for musical timing.

    I have on technical question. Are you sure you used the CHV Long Exposure plug-in to even out some of the time lapse flickering?

    As far as I can tell, this plug-in adds motion blur to moving objects. I can’t see any way to even out exposure.

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated on all your journeys and learning endeavors. It’s priceless!

  57. Steve says:

    Breathtaking video, as always.

    Just a question on the music – I know, a little off topic, but do you pay a fee to use a track like that or because it has no commercial use you can use it for free?


    1. pbloom says:

      Always credit the artist, never use for paid gigs, just personal projects like this little film and hopefully you will be ok. Most important thing… Always credit the artist!

  58. matt b says:

    Great work.

    I’m intrigued about the quality of the air at that desert location as the distant images appear ‘sharp’.

    Was there any pollution other than the occasional sand storm?

    1. pbloom says:

      Not that I was aware of.

  59. brilliant!! Some real WOW moments in this one. I’ll be on the lookout for your timelapse DVD 😉

  60. Markus says:

    Philip, let me ask you my question again –

    How does the CHV Long Exposure plug-in help with the flickering?

    It’s a plug-in to create motion blur in moving objects. If you’ve found an inexpensive way to even out flickering on the Mac, please let us know.

    The (very expensive) Sapphire plug-in S_FlickerRemove doesn’t work that well, IMHO. I have the whole suite on my Final Cut Pro work edit station (I am an editor) and wasn’t impressed with that particular filter.

    As many people, I am looking for a de-flicker plug-in to put on my personal MacBook Pro with Final Cut Pro.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. pbloom says:

      if u put it on low setting it evens out the frames..its not ideal. the genarts sapphire one but doesn’t come stand alone

  61. Kristian Foldager says:

    Very nice timelapses mr Bloom.

    Did you manually take photos each 15 sec or is there an auto function or designed mechanism to shoot with 15 sec interval?

    1. pbloom says:

      check out the earlier timelapse blog, or just stick in timelapse into the site search engine and you will find out all you need to know

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  63. Kyle Webs says:

    This is pretty inspiring. I enjoyed the short. A lot of work must be put into it I assume.

  64. […] […]

  65. Kenbo says:

    Beautiful work Mr Bloom. The music and the graphic images work beautifully together. A very fitting piece to dedicate.
    You’ve inspired and really got me falling in love with my job again.
    Many thanks mate.

  66. kenbo says:

    Very moving piece. Beautiful combination of music and graphic footage. Absolutely beautiful. Nice work matey.

  67. Bryan says:

    Hi Phillip,

    Your sky video is one of my favorites. How were you able to zoom in while timelapsing? Was that done in post? Any response would help. Thanks

    1. pbloom says:

      all done in post

  68. James Miller says:

    Hi Philip, your beautiful work ‘Sky’ has been copied on youtube:


    Found the link on a WordPress/Joomla theme website help forum.

    BR, James

  69. Syam says:

    excellent composition.. much inspiring!

  70. Jens-Chr says:

    Excellent article and movie.
    I really have to try some timelaps with my 7D as well.

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  72. Gerald says:

    Inspiring stuff. Puts my attempts to shame, that’s for sure!

    When you make it back to Dubai, give me a shout and I’d be delighted to take you around some interesting locations.



  73. George says:

    incredible, blown away again.
    you said: “Filmed in Dubai over 5 days and nights.”
    i’d like to know, how do you backup your material, you must have a mountain if gigabites left over each time you make a new movie???

  74. Sky says:

    […] to Sky Vassar who died recently at a tragically young age. Please read my blog for BTS info. Thanks to Media Prima and Talkabout Media Music is from "The Fountain" by Clint Mansell Mandar a […]

  75. Phil says:

    Check out my time lapse of a Toronto sunset and sunrise

  76. oz says:

    Hi Phil…

    truly great stuff…

    As someone based in (and bored with) Dubai… its so nice to see some truly fresh work…



  77. Marty says:

    How do you set your exposure for a time lapse scene when the sun is coming up or going down? The light is constantly changing?

    1. pbloom says:

      aperture priority

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  81. madewira says:

    OMG! This video really make my day. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

  82. Tijn says:

    Hi Philip,

    This is one amazing video. The music is quite dramatic, but these images match the mood perfectly. I especially liked the pool-shot with the skyscraper shadows ‘creeping in’. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. danang pepe says:

    hi philip, thanks for sharing.
    can you tell me the setting of TC80? i mean the setting of self timer, interval, long & frame to make sun rise.

    and how to make one day timelaps? frame in tc 80 only 99 maxs. did you push the trigger every time when it
    reach 99 frames and do it all days long?

    i’ve done some timelaps for my sunset river trip in borneo. its my first try. i set in 2 sec in long & intreval, 99 in frames. i hit the start button every time it stopped. maybe i hit for 5-6 times. but its not work. can you teach me?


    1. pbloom says:

      set frames to — which makes it infinite.

      1. danang pepe says:

        you mean 00 ?

          1. danang pepe says:

            thanks philips. you are the best. i will try soon. so i’ll set on 00:00:00 (self) – 00:00:15 (int) – 30:00:00 (long) – 00 (frame) to make all day long lapse. is it correct?

            now, one question again about editing. i use mbp unibody, using quicktime player 7 hidden in the utilities folder like you say, i’ve followed your tutorial & from photoframd, but still not working. always stack in exporting. quicktime error while exporting. can you tell me why?

            thanks before.

  85. Mark says:

    There’s a beautiful stillness in the timelapse and slight zoom in draws me into the visuals even more. The shadows overtaking the swimming pool from the birds eye view is genius and tilt shift lens. One word, Stunning!

  86. Николь says:

    Фантастически красиво! Музыка проникает во все уголки души и это небо… небо, в которое нельзя не влюбиться!

  87. Николь says:

    Very beautifully! Music gets into soul! And this sky … I fell in love with that sky!!!)

  88. jeremie says:

    excellent ! thanks for sharing !!

  89. Chris Miller says:

    what are the setting you used on the camera? About how long and how much time in between each frame?

    1. pbloom says:

      each one was different. used aperture priority

      1. Jonathan Braga says:

        In the photo “Timelaps7” who makes the pan crank addition t the tripod. So you can pan from side to side while doing the time laps. Does it work when you are filming? I would love one of those?

        1. pbloom says:

          all done in post…getting a rotating head soon

  90. wolf05 says:

    Philip, thanks for video.

  91. […] website, and I got much of the info about how to shoot and treat timelapse from his site. Have a look at his most recent timlapse video ‘Sky’, along with detailed production note… Here's the links to the other images in this project …f22 Project – Week 5 – […]

  92. Vass says:

    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
    Wonderful!!!! – it’s our site, nice to visit too.

  93. Sky Video says:

    […] bit of inspiration comes in the form of video made by Philip Bloom. I’ve mentioned him in the past before with some beautiful shots of the Bay […]

  94. Henri says:

    Awesome work. I’d love to see some of that stuff as still photos, especially the skyline at 1:20 – 1:30 is just gorgeous.

  95. Hamza abd almutalib says:

    Amazing breath taking video

    you are a genius

  96. […] Read more about the project HERE. […]

  97. Joe Deez says:

    I was looking out for bokehka.

    Great work there.

  98. […] It takes someone as amazingly talented and knowledgeable as Philip Bloom—the guy who shot Prague and the Skywalker Ranch—to make Dubai to look this amazing using a Canon 7D, two 5D MkII, and one Panasonic GF1. [Philip Bloom] […]

  99. Luis F says:

    Hi philip,
    gracias por compartir sus trabajos

    un Colombiano

  100. Fantastic work! Very inspiring!

  101. arthi says:

    WOW!!!! so resplendent and inspiring….keep up the great work…

  102. Prashant says:

    Hey Philip. Great work. U r blazin on Google buzz and gizmodo 🙂
    I have been very impressed with time-lapse, so upgraded myself to a Canon eos 40d. Will soon try out one. Hoping you could be a guide!

    Just awesome!!

  103. Dennis says:

    Absolutely stunning, I am moving to Dubai next week, and feel as though you have already spoiled its wonders for me 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  104. Mr Lad says:

    I’m crazy about Dubai
    The way you’ve shot it is amazing
    i’m inspired to buy a camera now and start shooting time lapse haha

  105. Truels Zeiner-Henriksen says:

    Hi. Great work! What do I need in addition in order to get the Panasonic Lumix GF1 to shoot timelaps? A remote control?

    1. pbloom says:

      yep, an timer remote control

    2. Truels Zeiner-Henriksen says:

      Any particular brand? Will this one do: JJC TM-C LCD Timer Remote?

      1. pbloom says:

        as long as it works with gf1 fine. does it? need to do interval shooting.

  106. Scott says:

    Hey Philip,

    Great time lapses! I just got a timer for the GF1 and I’m anxious to try it out. 2 questions if I may:

    For the GF1, what picture size and quality setting (jpeg) are you using? Surely not RAW. It would appear that the camera wouldn’t keep up at a 1 second interval.

    Also, what film mode preset do you use? “Standard”? “Dynamic”?

    1. pbloom says:

      I use Large jpeg and standard i believe.


      1. Amien says:

        Just wondering, if I’m to create a 1920 x 1080 resolution movie, would small jpegs suffice without any loss of quality since they are 2592 x 1728 ?

        Many thanks!

  107. Brian says:

    Hey Phil, nice work. Beautiful images.

    A quick question on this…I’m dealing with some flicker issues with some 5DmkII timelapse footage. Taking your advice above I checked out CHVs “Long Exposure.” Is that right, or is it the “Staccato” you are using here? It looks like long exposure is more for giving it the motion blur, or maybe I’m misunderstanding what they do.

    Thanks, this is super helpful and really nice work.

    1. pbloom says:

      although the long exposure is more for motion blur it does a great job of evening out flicker.

  108. Just watched ‘Sky’, totally blown away by it, very reminiscent of Ron Fricke’s ‘Baraka’. Beautiful in both framing and timing, again, nice work Philip.

    1. pbloom says:

      thanks v much Andrew

  109. Hey Felicitaciones…..Tienes un Verdadero Ojo Fotográfico, Ademas Super interesantes tus Videos que nos asesoran en Camaras y lentes de Alta Definición…Vale La Pena Hacerlos Tambien en Castellano….

    Un Fuerte Abrazo y Muchos Exitos!!!


  110. Castroy says:

    Hi Philip,

    One question from France (sorry for my english) : I saw panoramic and zoom movements in the video, how did you do it ? Do you use special motorize gear ?

    Thanks for this amazing video !

    1. pbloom says:

      all done in post!

  111. Paolo C says:

    A beautifull video, a gift for Dubai. I doubt that locals can really appreciate such work.

    1. Ahmed says:

      “I doubt that locals can really appreciate such work”
      why is that?

      1. Charlotte says:

        I doubt that Paolo C knows any locals

  112. great work! keep it up!

  113. Khaled says:

    Man, that video tore me to pieces!
    What’s the music playing the background?!

    1. Maz says:

      Its the sound track of “The fountain” By clint mansel

  114. Rob C says:

    Awesome! (again)

  115. Vee Gee says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your artwork.

  116. khashayar says:

    Hi philip

    It was really nice!!! very well done! thnaks

    from Iran

  117. Zack McGowan says:

    I have a question. when you were taking doing the pictures when the sun was coming up how did you change your exposure?

    1. pbloom says:

      i had it set to aperture priority.

      1. Nat says:

        Hey Philip,

        I love your work!! Its really great!!

  118. Hi, Amazing work !!! Very nice , thank you, i already travel through your video !

  119. Wee Sen Goh says:

    Beautiful piece of work, thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more, Philip.

  120. hey

    i think i read on a previous shoot, that the fader nd does not work with the tokina 11-16 lens. when i tried using my tokina with the fader nd, i could see some sort of reflection through the viewfinder. i was wondering if the fader-nd can be used with the tokina?

    thanks and ps, very nice work on sky as well as sky walker. it made me homesick, i used to live down the road from skywalker ranch!


  121. John C says:

    Fantastic Time Lapse!!!

    I have a couple of questions about shooting time lapse on the 7d. What size/format do you set the camera to? It seems to me that if small RAW has dimensions of 2,592 x 1,728 that small RAW would work best for this (high image quality but smaller file size)? Or am I missing something here? All we need is 1080 pixels of width correct?

    Also, how do you establish the correct exposure time? Or do you just set it to Aperture Priority mode at wide open and let the camera pick the ISO and shutter time?

    My Satechi TR-A is arriving today and heading to the Caribbean on Saturday and I like to try and get at least one good time lapse out of it–but it seems that (unlike shooting video with the 7d) there isn’t a ton of “this is how you do it (settings wise), exactly” stuff out there.

    And again, as always, great work! Very inspiring!

    1. pbloom says:

      true small raw may work well. i use aperture priority and it varies depending on the shot but generally around f5.6

    2. Alejandro says:

      John —

      How is the Satechi TR-A working? I’m between that or the Canon TC-80N3 Anything on line? Thanks!

  122. Phil,

    after reading your articles about time-lapse videos, I decided to do one myself with my poor man Panasonic ZS3/TZ7. As this camera does not have an intervalometer, I have set it in continuous shooting mode, and then I have used a bolt fastened to the camera body with an elastic band to shoot. In this way I end up with too many frames, as the camera shoots to fast. I then use Avidemux to accelerate the video, and a filter to reduce frame rate.
    Here are the results so far. Do you recommend any external battery/ brand?

  123. Siamak Tabrizi says:

    Stunning shots of the Persian Gulf, but I can’t see the good in glorifying such a prime example of the world’s oil dependancy. That city is built by capitalizing on such a disappearing resource.

    1. pbloom says:

      glorifying? down to interpretation. many find the film very sad.

  124. Nasser says:

    Wow Philip, I’m in Qatar not too far from Dubai (30 minutes fly only) , wish we met.

  125. Anna says:

    its is really great work…well done 🙂

  126. Thomas says:

    Your short “Sky” is WOW !

    I have a question I try to formulate (my english is not very good).

    You say that most of the shots are setting with an interval of 1 or 4 seconds.
    But most of them needed an exposure superior to 4 seconds, did’nt they ?

    How do you do in this case : your camera is set to AV mode, the shutter speeds change (until 10 sec, I assume, for darkest scenes), despite your intervallometer is set to 4 seconds ? So the camera took the hand and did the exposure needed ? But it affects the duration of the timelapse and especially the motion in the shot (acceleration or slowing), does it ?

    Or perhaps your intervallometer interrupts the still at 4 seconds, despite the AV priority mode says 10 seconds ?

    I hope you’ll understand my interrogations…

    Thanks for all, Philip !

  127. Edgar Maguyon says:


    Have you tried the GBDeflicker yet? I’m a bit new to timelapses, but get flickering since I use lenses with electronic Aperture (Zeiss ZE) which will have slight variations from the ap blades not closing 110% exact each time (yes, I shoot manual).

    I also read on their website (GBS), that the more closed down the iris is, it will have less deviation of the electronic iris. ie: more flicker/variation with wider/brighter ap (f/2, f/2.8, etc.) than less flickery closed down ap (f/8,/f/11, etc.)

    I notice GBDeflicker works pretty well in AE. Never used AE, but will use it just to import a flickery lapse video, then export it out, then re-use that clip in FCP.


  128. Sebastian Echavarria says:

    i really respect a lot your work philip.
    you have a great photography

    nice art.

    Sebastian Echavarrria
    Stgo de chile.

  129. Angel says:

    Thank you for the light.
    Thank you for the videos:
    San Francisco´s people, Toronto Falls and Skywalker ranch, very beautifull. Inspire to me.

  130. Michael says:

    So how is it you get no flicker? Is it simply that you use that plug in you mentioned?

    Anywhere do you mention your ‘exact’ camera settings as you go from day to night? That would be very helpful to me.

    I have shot timelapses in M, aV, tV, and Auto ISO. I get lots of quality and control in M but doesn’t have the dynamic of aV or tV.

    Just trying to find a balance. Thanks!

    ( Met you at Venice meet up! :D)

    1. pbloom says:

      check out my red tails timelapse blog for the plug in i use!

  131. John says:

    WOW! You are a Great Photographer Philip, I admire your work.

  132. Syed Zeshan says:

    Hey Philip, I am Zeshan from Pakistan, I have watched your previous work too with the DSRLs and everything you do is amazing. you have an amazing artistic sense and thats why wee see only beautiful imagery from you.

    I had two questions from you, one is that i wanted to do time lapse myself and was not sure of the battery and the power of the camera, like you shot continues for 24 hrs straight on timelapse so does the battery stays this long.

    second question was, capturing beautiful images is great as a photographer but as a cinematographer you sometimes need to show things as they are or maybe in their worst from. what do you think about that?

    thanking you
    Syed Zeshan Ahmed