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A Time Lapse of Washington, DC [VIDEO]

Joseph Olesh

Time lapse allows for a form of video story telling that captivates the viewer in a very unique way. We feel time-lapse video can be utilized as a marketing device and used this video as a testing ground for the succeeding camera settings and techniques.

If the goal of video is to communicate a complete story of who a client is and what they represent, then time lapse might be best utilized in communicating how it “feels” to spend time within that client’s store, dealership, restaurant, etc.

A few tips for any aspiring time-lapser:

  • Gather at least 200 images per set up. You never really know what you have until you sit down in post-production. Capture all the imagery you can to allow for the greatest amount of freedom in the edit.
  • Cover locations as you would on a film shoot. Capturing different angles of the same object will make for a much more dynamic edit.
  • Fire off a still, with a 30-second shutter, to preview where the motion will be occurring within your composition. Adjust to accentuate the greatest amount of drama.
  • BE PATIENT!! Time lapse is not for the anxious. Trust your composition, your camera settings, and commit to each location.

Camera Details
Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

B-ROLL SPECS
Canon 7D
60 fps, 1280×720

Music Credit
“Eden Roc”
Ludovico Einaudi
Buy on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eden-roc/

Location Details

1. High Angle at Water – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec

2. Arlington Bridge – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed:1/6 sec

3. Rt. 66 Intersection – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec

4. Bridge Over Potomac – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 34 mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec

5. Monument Over Field – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 42mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec

6. Monument Tree Vignette – Day
ISO 200
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec

7. Monument Tree Vignette – Day
ISO 200
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec

8. Washington Monument Center Cut – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec

9. Monument Reflection – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec

10. WW2 Memorial With Wreaths – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec

11. WW2 Memorial – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec

12. Memorial Pathway – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 70mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 0.3 sec

13. Back of Lincoln Memorial – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec

14. Lincoln Memorial at 45° – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec

15. Front of Lincoln Memorial – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 25 mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec

16. Lincoln Seated – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec

17. Gold Figurine – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 52 mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/80

18. Front of White House – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 40 mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec

19. Back of White House – Day
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec

20. Rosslyn Metro Station
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter Speed: 1.0

21. Metro Circle Station
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Shutter Speed: 1.0

22. Down Penn Towards Capitol – Night
ISO 640, 200
Focal Length: 55 mm, 46
Aperture: f/20, f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec, 3.2 sec

23. Monument Over Intersection – Night
ISO 640
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1.0 sec

24. Monument With National Tree – Night
ISO 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 13 sec

 

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