Hier wieder eines der klassichen Timelapse-Videos und doch ist dieses Video eine kleine Besonderheit und das nicht nur, weil wir lange keines mehr dieser Art hatten. Mehr als zwei Jahre Arbeit stecken in den knapp sechs Minuten in herausragender Auflösung, die beim Einsatz zweier Canon 5DIII-Kameras entstanden ist, die miteinander synchronisiert wurden: 10k x 4K. Das war eigentlich gar nicht das Ziel, so eine Auflösung zu erreichen, viel mehr stand der Panorama-Look im Vordergrund. Los Angeles ist mit seinem Lichtermeer aber auch ein sehr dankbares Motiv – die sogenannte Lichtverschmutzung nimmt man dafür doch gern mal in Kauf:
Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.
Shooting panoramic timelapse was something I had always wanted to do. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to timelapse, and I wanted to do it proper, not by faking it by just cropping the top and bottom of regular timelapse shots. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly and get the images to stitched together correctly.
A couple years ago I was contacted by a client wanting some panoramic timelapse shots of LA. I told them I had tried it in the past and it did not work out to well, but that I am willing to give it another try. So I purchased some new gear and set out to my local testing locations in Malibu. The initial shots were successful so I continued shooting / testing for the next couple weeks. At that point I had acquired a few good test shots to show the client and sent them over to them. Long story short I never heard back from them about the project, but I kept shooting anyways. If it was not for that failed job/project I probably would have never got around to giving panoramic timelapse another try.