Amsterdam Light Festival 2014-15 Time Lapse

Hi all, this post will be about time lapse video of Amsterdam Light Festival 2014. While walking around the canal taking picture of the light festival, I have an idea to make an time lapse video. Because I think time lapse video offer much more that just a single photo. It offers dynamic, movement, of a long period of time and present it to you in a strange and exciting perspective. After that, I started to watch some tutorials on youtube explaining what a time-lapse video is. I started making all the tools and equipement that i need. Fortunately,  I have that explain in the other post.

The hardest part for me was the composition. I already had in mind which installations I had in mind. Then I began recording it. I believe I spent around 2-3 weeks going to the city center on setting up my gear and filming. It is really pleasurable to just sit and watch the camera taking photos. Hearing the clicking sound while you enjoying the view of the canals.

For me the hardest part is to make the composition. The first thing I did was to select the soundtrack. I decided to go with “Sweet Deposition” from Temper Trap. The next thing to do is to mixed up the content and arrange it so it fit nicely with the verse of the soundtrack. In the end, I ended up going back to fill in the scene that I needed to fill the song through out. Here is the video:

My favourite part of this video:

  1. My light is your light (0:30-0:37). I love how the subtle movement of the camera gives contrast to the busyness of the pedestrians.
  2. Object O (1:00). When the moon is in the middle of the circle and the cloud bashed it through.
  3. Intrepid (1:20). The cloud reseeding to the abyss. And also because this is my first time lapse
  4. Arboresence (1:45). Perspective of the pole to the camera.

All in all , it was really a great experience for me. I think my biggest achievement here was to get it done and share it on youtube. Some people never really finish what they have started. After all, this has led me to this project. I hope you enjoy this blog post!

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