Just to get this blog up and running, I am starting out with an easy post: An impressive time-lapse video of Las Vegas and a bit of background information.
First the film, 24 Hours of Neon, by Philip Bloom, uploaded on May 7th on Vimeo:
Philip Bloom is a professional filmmaker and an authority on filming with DSLR cameras, a technique that has exploded in usage since the introduction of the Canon EOS 5D MkII camera in 2008 – the first DSLR that featured full HD video recording. The large image sensors on DSLR cameras allow for a more professional-looking picture than what is possible with regular consumer video recorders, in particular a very narrow depth of field. For an example of that, have a look at one of his other films, Dublin’s People.
In this particular film, though, he did not make use of DSLR video. It is made up entirely of still photos shot on four different cameras during 5 days in a hotel room on The Strip in Las Vegas. There are two main techniques involved in the photographing; time-lapse and HDR (high dynamic range). I will just briefly explain them here, planning to write more detailed posts later about my own (more modest) experiences with these techniques.