While in London working on a project, I had some free time to run around and get some time-lapse movies of the city. London is an amazing place. When I first arrived I saw about a million tourist wearing the “I LOVE LONDON” shirts, and I thought I’d never wear that. By the time I left I almost got one. Instead, I got a Harley-Davidson London shirt. Anyway, I am definitely going back next opportunity. Video at the bottom of the post.
In order to get too all the locations in the movie, and rode on a site-seeing bus, hopped off, took stills, caught the next bus, and continued. I only used one lens, a Canon 17-55mm f2.8. I took along the ever brilliant Nasty Clamp. I just clamped that thing wherever I could to get a cool shot. I saw this one guy lugging around a cheap tripod…he take it out, slide out the legs, take a pic, and do it all over again. I wanted to give that poor guy my Nasty Clamp, or at least show him mine, and give him the website. Anyway, I can’t talk more enough about the Nasty Clamp. (Thanks to Jem Scofield for talking about it in his daily vlogs). So, I only used that and a mini-tripod. I color corrected with a 3-way color corrector in FCP, and then applied a Nattress filter for the “look.” Now I have yet to arrive to being as top quality as Tom at Timescapes, but as long as I keep practicing and messing up, I hopefully will figure out this technique.
The last pic is my proof that I actually went to London. Did I have someone take the picture for me? No. I used my Nasty Clamp. Starting to sound like a commercial for Nasty Clamps? Not meaning too. It is a handy little tool. Get one and you’ll be on board. So, below is the time-lapse movie. I thought it would be appropriate to use a Coldplay song. Enjoy.
**[DISCLAIMER: This is a poor quality of the video. I have tried numerous times of uploading this video to Vimeo, but this is the only version I can get to upload that does not play back too choppy. Any solutions out there…let me know!!! Please!]**