See Chicago from a Boat with Time-lapse Photography

If you ever wanted to take a tour of Chicago, here’s your chance to do so without having to leave the comforts of your own home. Phillip Bloom has made a timelapse video of the Windy City using his Canon 60D, that he mounted to the top of a boat with a gorillapod. As the boat guides us through Lake Michigan up the coast of Lakeshore Drive, viewers can spot multiple landmarks including the famous Navy Pier. As the video continues, the boat works it’s way through the city via it’s gorgeous canal system and into a bay of water just in time to see fireworks, timelapse style:

Did you notice the sound effects as the boat moved under the bridges? Bloom used Soundtrack Pro to create the swooshing sound that he laid over the music, giving some interesting stereo sound. He shot the hundreds of thousands of still photographs necessary to create the timelapse video entirely in AV mode at an ISO of 320 through his Tokina 11-16mm lens.

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Even without utilizing a bramper, Blooms does a fantastic job of keeping the transition from daylight to darkness flowing smoothly.

For Further Training on Time-lapse Photography:

Check out this new COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide

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