Time Lapse Photography

Time Lapse Photography

Adventure, ImageAug 30 2014

Photostream on Flickr

Over the years I’ve played with a variety of different time lapse methods. Some more exciting than others, though interesting in their own way. Here is a selection of those I have access to currently and are not stored away on hard drives. There are many more, so most likely I’ll make an update to this page in future. 

I use Lightroom to edit the photos and Quicktime 7 to compile the photos to video.

Please comment below as to which captured your attention most!

The vast and incredibly busy city of Tokyo is best captured from as high as possible. Tamara and I visited the observation deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to capture the movement of the city at night.

Photography was quite tricky as there was no possibility to get outside, and the reflections off the windows were troublesome. With a coat neatly draped over the camera we were able to minimize unwanted reflections.

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 2.5″, f/4, iso 100

Ayumi and Fifer organized the “Superhill Free-ride Session” where Tamara and I captured the craziness that went on. I hadn’t tried to capture a session by time-lapse before so was excited to see what could be captured. Of course the riding happens so quick compared to walking up, yet there are a few nice glimpses if you pause the video.

This shows how important it is when hiking runs to get the most you can out of every run!

Canon 50mm, 1/320″, f/10, iso 100

Setting up a fresh board always makes the skin crawl with excitement. I had just received a prototype of the 2014 V2 Rayne Fortune and setup this lapse in Tamara’s apartment of taking apart my old setup and mounting the new.

Canon 28mm, 1/50″, f/2.8, iso 100

In Shinjuku, Japan the busiest train station in the world this ghostly time lapse was captured using an ND8 & CPL to make the lens as dark as possible. The lens was zoomed to 12mm to not see the stack of filters in the corners.

The people moving are captured as trails of color, and those that are still are seen as normal. If you pay close attention you’ll see Tamara in ‘tuck’ position speeding through the frame.

Canon 10-22mm @ 12mm, 1.3″, f/3.5, iso 200

We made the trip to Nikko, Japan in search of the Irohazaka the “one way downhill Romantic Highway.” A beaut for sure. Parts are not so interesting, yet two sections are very fun to ride. Worthwhile to go back to, though these “newer style” highway passes are built for todays cars, with flat hairpins, wide and built to maintain a higher speed in cars without the steep and difficult terrain us longboarders love.

The night we arrived it snowed. We found there to be a world heritage site “The Shrines and Temples of Nikko” and as the precipitation persisted we enjoyed a touristic morning before afternoon skating.

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 3.2″, f/9, iso 100

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While at the Nikko World Heritage Site, the number of people roaming the area made for the perfect opportunity to try a “ghosted people” time-lapse style during the day. I had been looking forward to darkening the lens as much as possible and capturing the trails you normally only can capture at night.

To pass the time our crew had a slow-mo NiNjA sword fight!

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 3.2″, f/22, iso 100

This was captured on the ride from Tokyo to Kyoto on the 300km/hr high speed train. With the camera on the tripod and wedged not to move from shakes of the train, I held down the shutter using “single shot” to slowly and easily capture this quick lapse.

What I like most is the reflection in the window of the lady sitting one seat in front flipping through a newspaper.

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 1/800, f/3.5, iso 100


Tamara, Ursula and I took the Glacier Express from Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy to enjoy the view and eat a tasty Italian meal at our destination! Photos ~ ttps://flic.kr/s/aHsjVijcMr

Canon 10-22mm @ 18mm, 1/125, f/5.6, iso 100

Peering through the trees at a secret camping spot on a secret pass in a not so secret country.

I decided to let the camera go all night while the Orangatang crew slept like babies on the forest floor.

For the last three years my first run on this pass has been in complete darkness. The first two headlights shone the way, but 2011 it was full moon switch soul carving for 15km’s with bro John Barnet.

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 30″, f/3.5, iso 800

 Atop the mountain near Oslob, Cebu, Philippines the skaters play during the day, and the clouds at night. Camping in hammocks strung between a small group of trees we enjoyed the sight of this beautiful place in real time, where the camera captured it in high-speed.

Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, 13”, f/3.5, iso 1250

 A friend of Tamara’s was turning 30, and their group of friends decided to make a special video including everyone as the birthday boy was at the time traveling. With a headlight and some creativity Tamara drew the number 30, 30 times to put together this short time-lapse.

Canon 28mm prime, 5″, f/2.2, iso 100

A lapse of my grandfather’s farm now turned into a golf course right behind my childhood home.

The night was quiet and cool with a bright moon soon lighting up the land as if it were sunrise.
Caught that North Star like a boss.

12mm, 10″, f/3.5, iso 1250
20″ interval from 9pm-2am till battery died.