If you have been following my social media channels over the past couple of months you may have seen me upload quite a few time lapses. I have been enjoying the pursuit of shooting many clips around the Suffolk. Having seen a few videos of time lapse reels I have taken many of my own collect from the past five months and created ‘Suffolklapse’. The collection is mainly from around Ipswich, but also features Bury St. Edmunds, Flatford and a few more. There is a list of all the places I have taken the time lapses in order of their appearance in the show reel.
My interest in clouds, probably charts back to seeing the film James and the Giant Peach. At the start of the film, James sits with his parents and they talk about the shapes of the clouds. It’s a funny thing to cite, on where this view of the world around me came from. I love the movement of clouds, the way that they can change in seconds. I originally started to explore time lapsing by using my iPhone as a simple way of capturing the videos.
Ultimately, the biggest reason was that I have taken lots of different clips. I felt that some needed to be seen in some way. Thus here we are with a full time lapse video.
How did I do this?
It has taken a lot of time both shooting the time lapses, but also editing them to work. Some of the clips have been from purpose set trips. I have also taken some of them while meeting up with friends from coffee shop windows, cafes and while on walks. The process does need various pieces of equipment and by having a mixture of gadgets/photographic tools to use always enhances this. There have been points where I have taken multiple pieces of kit, to take photos and to record the time lapses.
Types of timelapses included
There is no secret to how to make a time lapse. One of things I did try to do was to take as many as possible using different recording devices and techniques. There are a few different ways to capture a time lapse. One way is to take a video and then change the rate of the video. Taking the timings of the clip right down to a less amount of time, in effect speeds up some footage. Another way to do it is to use an intervalometer. This is a remote device that will take photographs every time you choose it too. That can be every single second to every hour and so on. The last of the processes is to use the feature on the iPhone to capture the video. It does a lot of the work for you. As long as you have a flat surface and a phone case that allows the phone to sit landscape. It is an easy way to take the videos but it still helped within this project. I felt I would trial all these ways of taking them, just as a bit of an exploration of what I can do with the medium.
The key to a strong time lapse is the composition of the whole frame. Ensure that there is something in the foreground that will emphasise the movement. Using trees isn’t always the best for this but they can offer an awesome contrast between the clouds and sky. The key to this is to use a sturdy base, whether that is a tripod or with the phone using a case that will hold the phone still.
(in order of appearance)
Waterfront Building, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich
Holywells Park, Ipswich
Ipswich Town Centre
Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Orwell Bridge, Ipswich
Bury St Edmunds
Waterfront Gallery, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich
Foxhall Road, Ipswich
Here is a list of all the equipment I used for this video. I’m likely to write another blog on these items in the future.
Manfrotto MK294A3-A0RC2 294 Aluminium Tripod Kit with QR Ball Head
Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom
GO motion time lapse timer
5-in-1 Photo lens Universal clip lens
Trigger trap mobile
I have really enjoyed the process of collecting these videos. This won’t be the last of the time lapse videos. Do let me know what you think about the video. If you have any questions do no hesitate to get in contact with me.
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