Restless Nights by Paul Richardson

By: Paul Richardson
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During October I spent 8 days cycling 200 miles around London whilst carrying 22kg of camera gear. That week consisted of 3 main tasks. Lots of shooting, transferring photos onto the laptop, and a little bit of sleep. By the end of it I was physically drained – to the point where I thought I’d collapse on the final cycle back. Thankfully I didn’t and managed to make it back in one piece. The raw result was 18,000 photos spanning 364 GB of harddrive space. Cue a few weeks of editing, and I managed to produce the final video.

Whenever I visit London I’m always surprised by the true 24/7 nature of the city; it really is a place that never sleeps. That was exactly what I wanted to capture, the ‘hustle and bustle’ of everyday life. Unfortunately the weather was true to English standards, and it rained pretty much every single day, forcing me to shoot at night.

To keep up to date with my latest work, you can find me on facebook at http://ift.tt/1flhX5M For the tech-heads, I used a Canon 6D, 17-40 f4, 50mm 1.8, and a 70-200 f4. The motion control sequences were shot on a home built dolly, coupled to a emotimo TB3.

The video has been finished in 4K and is available for licensing. If you require any custom sequences, I’m also available to work on commissions. For any enquiries, please contact me at paul[a-t]agour.co.uk

Special thanks to the team at Harvey Nichols, Oxo Tower http://ift.tt/IxtU83 for letting me shoot from the restaurant. The opening shot was captured from their balcony.

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Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

By: Daniel Stoupin
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“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

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This clip, as well as stock footage, is available in 4k resolution. Make sure you watch it on a large screen! You won’t be able to appreciate this clip or see individual cells moving in a sponge on a smartphone. If you have a full-HD screen, when you enter full-screen mode, please press on “view actual size” next to the HD icon to improve sharpness.

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

I am glad that I abandoned the idea of making this clip in 3D (with two cameras) – very few people have 3D screens and it doubles processing time.

Please do not share this clip to promote or endorse marine aquarium industry. Do not misunderstand this statement: I have no problems with aquarists or the industry. I simply want people to admire life, but not to be told to buy stuff.

Gear:
– Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
– Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
– adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models)
– several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking
– multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).

Edited in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Zerene Stacker, and Helicon Focus.

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GPP2014 ShootOut | Sara Lando vs Zack Arias by gulf photo plus

By: gulf photo plus
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The annual GPP ShootOut is as David Hobby puts it, “the most exciting hour on the planet for photography”. It pits two or three photographers against each other in a room full of photographers and they have to shoot, edit, retouch and present a photo within 20minutes to a brief that is revealed at the event!

In 2014, at the GPP Dubai Photography Festival ShootOut we were pleased to have Zack Arias a veteran at the GPP shootouts take on first timer Sara Lando and it was a night to remember.

A big THANKS to David Hobby for donning a bowtie and a blazer to MC the event and to Greg Heisler who was on mic duty.

We will be popping up in Singapore for our PopUP event May 3-4; more details here: http://ift.tt/OW6u1o

And of course, we look forward to welcoming you all at GPP2015 in Dubai from March 6-13, 2015.
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You can view photos from the event here:
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Video Director & Editor:
Harun Yasin Tuna

Videographers:
Leila Shifteh
JY Fonda

Assistants:
Alessandro Locatelli
Russell Featherstone
Dawn Culen
RC Concepcion

Digital Tech:
Musthafa Aboobacker

Photos:
Drew Gurian

Crystalapse: Frozen in Timelapse by Blue Eden

By: Blue Eden
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Filmed over 2 weeks in Iceland, March 2014. A journey into the shadows of ice caves and lights of the Aurora. The caves are a beautiful blue, awash in glacier-filtered sunlight. And the Northern Lights set the sky on fire – it’s quite a moment standing before something so cosmic.

I had originally imagined this would be a cold and horrible trip, but… the desolate landscape was so simple it was perhaps the most beautiful place I’d been to. That’s not to say it wasn’t cold – especially in the second week, a snowstorm hit and the car got stuck in snow amidst hail and wind. Pushing & hauling were indeed necessary! Drying snow-soaked socks with the hairblower was also fun.

There is a surprise ending. After setting up the tripod, I began to take a photo of ourselves… when suddenly, I “found” something on the ground… 😉 It may not make the ice melt, but almost certainly your heart.

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Shot on a Nikon D800, time-lapse edited in Panolapse (http://ift.tt/1aDLb8T).
Music by Stephen Anderson

A timelapse short film – A day in Wallis by Patrick Güller

By: Patrick Güller
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Since I saw some timelapse’s videos on the web, I knew that I wanted to do the same. I started doing some little tests last year and went a step further when I installed magic lantern on my canon. This short film shows all the tests, from basic timelapes to day-to-night or even startrails, I’ve been doing lately. At the end, I also tried doing a hyperlapse. There isn’t really a link between them, but I mixed them together to resume a day : sunrise, daytime, sunset and night. I’m seriously thinking about upgrading my gear in order to get a better quality and more movements in the shots

For these tests, I used a canon 60D with a basic 18-135mm and a samyang 14mm for the night- and starlapses. About 4000 pictures were needed for all the shots and everything was shot in Conthey, Wallis, Switzerland. All movements were done in post production with Adobe after-effects.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Outlands Photogrammetry Test by xRez Studio

By: xRez Studio
Source: http://vimeo.com/xrez

This animation is based on a photogrammetry capture session of the sand tufa formations at Mono Lake, CA. Nearly one thousand witness images were taken to create these models, which were then processed in Autodesk ReCap360 software. CGI figures, sculptures, and mist were added to manipulate scale. The HDR timelapsed sunset capture was a rare and classic occurrence of the Sierra Nevada wave, a high altitude lenticular cloud that forms in very high winds aloft and can span the length of the range. We have also rendered this at 8k resolution for the immersive fulldome format, one of many advantages of using photogrammetry as a basis for creative scenes.

Night Sky Timelapse Tutorial by Dustin Farrell by Dustin Farrell

By: Dustin Farrell
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Shooting and processing clean, sharp, noise-free night timelapse scenes is very difficult. I’ve spent hundreds of hours figuring out the recipe for stunning night timelapse images. In this 20 minute tutorial I share with you a majority of the information that I have learned from several years of trial and error of shooting in dark and remote areas.

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