Time-lapse photography is always something I’ve been interested in, but was always kind of scared of; scared of how to execute it correctly, but mostly scared because I had no idea what to actually photograph that would be remotely interesting. You see, the problem with Houston is that it’s not a very photogenic city. Compared to my native homeland (Connecticut), Houston is extremely flat, clouded with light pollution and generally not very scenic. Not to mention, in order to get to the more interesting areas of Texas we’re talking about a 3-4 hour car drive, at least.
So I started this project back in early February with three things in mind:
- Grasp the technical basics of time-lapse photography – learn correct interval timing, exposure ramping and correct post-processing for compiling into a video
- Challenge myself to explore Houston more – while I knew of some interesting places, I wanted to use this project as an excuse to get out and find new places.
- Branch out – I would go through times where my camera would sit on my shelf for weeks at a time, simply because I was bored with the usual. Doing this was a chance to re-charged my creative side and got me excited about photography all over again.
This idea kind of first formed when I saw Mindrelic’s incredible time-lapse videos spreading like wildfire across the internet. I was so enamored by what he was able to do with a camera, that I was personally inspired to take on the challenge and give it a shot.
For me, I think that’s what photography is all about and why I enjoy it so much. Without inspiration, how will you ever step outside of what’s comfortable and progress? While still new at all of this, as I progress I hope that some of what I produce, can inspire others.
For those interested, here’s some of the technical details of the project:
- Final video is a compilation of over 5,200 total still images
- Video rendered at 24 frames per second – 24 pictures accounted for approx one second of video
- Each of the 5,200 images had to be re-sized from their original high resolution (4288 x 2848) down to a resolution appropriate for rendering and uploading to Vimeo/Youtube (1920 x 1080)