Timelapse The Oriental Pearl Tower


The Oriental Pearl Tower — my very first timelapse video, shot exactly 3 years ago, on October 18, 2012, in Shanghai, China. You will find few technicalities below, but you may find the other facts even more interesting.

It already sounds interesting when I tell you that the video covers a window from 3pm to 7pm. When I consider scouting, planning and preparation on location, I spent there approximately 6 hours in total. What do you have to keep in mind when you are preparing for a solo action at home?

The camera has to stay in one spot (unless you are shooting hyperlapse or otherwise more dynamic video). And you can not leave your equipment alone in such a busy location. That means you should also bring some snacks, and entertainment, but most importantly, do not drink before. As much as it is advisable to stay hydrated in general, in this case you might end up suffering with your legs crossed.

Brief technical description; I shot in aperture priority, manual focus with lens detached. About 1300 photos in total, captured 1 every 10s, which covered 4 hours mentioned above. Song, I chose a Moonlight Of Lotus Pond, sung in Chinese.

I decided to go for aperture priority so that the camera could adjust the shutter speed itself as I was covering day-to-night transition during which the light conditions changed dramatically. But be careful whenever you let the camera decide about the values, you may encounter problems with flickering. Generally it is advisable to shoot in full manual mode. There are better and more advanced ways how to shoot day-to-night or night-to-day transitions, which I might cover in the future.

What is your experience with timelapse videos? Share your stories with me.