Buenos Aires: An Evening in Time Lapse

This is something I’ve always wanted to try. I don’t have any fancy equipment like a tripod slider, and the travel tripod I have is on its last legs. I think you’ll notice that as the evening moves along the time lapse improves, this is simply based on the fact that I was learning as I was going.

What am I about to see?

I took this time lapse in a much different manner than you may be used to seeing. I shot this over a dozen locations in Buenos Aires from 6pm until 9pm. I had absolutely no plan other then that I was going to walk around the city and see what came up.  I even shot myself in a couple of spots, see if you can catch me. In this video I shot steady time lapses, panning lapses, zooming lapses, in and out of focus lapses, and even one that I shot from my eye as I was walking through a construction site. I think that in the end it turned out really cool. I will be trying this again in the future now knowing the tricks to use.



How did you do this?

I shot on JPEG mode and just fired away. Early on I was shooting once every second or so, but later on I just held the camera and fired away in continuous shot mode. Later, I put all the pictures into movie maker and had each picture show for between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds, with a couple exceptions where I lengthened for dramatic purposes. The result is 986 pictures shown in around 3 minutes


Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. WORD. I think it’s pretty f’ing awesome friend! Sigh… I wish I was in South America too.

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  2. This is so cool! I’ve always kind of wondered how to make videos like this. I had no idea it was so simple! The effect is really neat, though.

    My favorite part was the little kids posing in front of your camera! So cute.

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  3. I love it! I’m going to try more video this year…I like this effect. Cheers!

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  4. Awww you shot the granaderos! That’s what my fiance used to be. What an awesome video!!! I hope you do more of these. I <3 BsAs.

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  5. That is brilliant! My personal favourites were the granaderos and the sky growing dark over the Obelisco. Thanks for bringing my city to life like that 🙂

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  6. Good stuff man, I gotta try this soon.

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  7. That’s pretty cool! Nicely done.

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  8. Ah the beautiful BsAs – my old stomping grounds back in the good ole’ college study abroad days when I was 20. Three years later and I still hold that insane city dear to my heart! I lived in Belgrano right near the J Hernan subte stop.
    THanks for making this! I’m going to share it with my BA crew!!! 🙂

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  9. I wish I had the patience you do to film and edit these things. Very cool!

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    • it was well worth the little effort it took. I have a lot to improve upon, but it was fun to shoot!

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  10. Thanks for this! Quite an enjoyable view…

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