Caught in a Seattle Timelapse

In 2021, I have finally been able to engage with the objective I set for myself last year — developing and solidifying my skills in timelapse photography!

As time-consuming as this engrossing venture is, timelapse photograpy is really a lot of fun. Similar to when I first delved into night photography over a decade ago, part of my psyche feels revitalized in experimenting with timelapses. The novelty of the genre provokes my curiosity and stimulates my imagination. It requires some considerable patience and, like scientific experiments, one must be able to anticipate that the final result may not always match one’s initial, envisioned hypothesis. This can be both advantageous and frustrating depending on your perspective and investment of time. However, I don’t intend to let the mistakes deter me. In fact, I use some of my failed outcomes to challenge myself to do the project over and correct the faulty segments of my experiments. To date, my biggest challenge is exposure adjustment, especially when capturing a timelapse that begins at night and ends during the day, or vice versa.

Patiently waiting for the timelapse recording to complete. I had a book and something to drink with me, but the anticipation and excitement for the final result kept me on my toes. This image betrays my emotion because I was trying to look cool for the picture.
This was the setup for the timelapse. Actually, one camera/tripod was for the timelapse. The second one was for my long exposure night photography! “Double the pleasure! Double the fun!” as the saying went in the 1980s.

Like the art and science of photography itself, timelapse photography is a creative subset which requires contemplation, preconception, travel time, execution, and post-production. (Don’t forget to bring something to drink, a few snacks, and some reading material. I also keep a folding chair in my car just in case). All of these aspects consume time. Alas, I’ve observed that one must really have an affinity for timelapse photography because it will occupy your personal time significantly. Nevertheless, the outcome, if you love timelapse photography, is almost always worth the investment and effort!

For example, the video below — of which I am very proud — is less than a minute in length but took almost two hours to execute on location. This, however, does not include the travel-time (which involved a drive and a walk) or the post-production activity to transfer thousands of images and compile them for presentation on my computer. (I have a newfound respect for Final Cut Pro X and my iMac’s internal processors).

For me, it’s been an enjoyable yet formidable challenge in patience and planning, similar to many of my night photography endeavors unrelated to timelapses. I’ve recorded a few timelapses in the last week of March and the first week of April, mainly during the weekends and a few evenings on weekdays when I can spare the time!

Can’t wait to see where this goes. Tune in again (and again)!

Timelapse of Seattle Skyline and traffic along Route 99 on the evening of Thursday, April 8, 2021.

“See you next timelapse…I mean, next time!”

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