Cast: Nikita Soroka
Cast: Nikita Soroka
In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summers night.
I started shooting this project back in August 2013 and have been slowly gathering footage when conditions were right. Although each shot in this film is a composite, all footage is real. The city shots were captured during the day and processed to look like night and the night sky shots were captured from dark locations around the South of England to ensure that the stars are astronomically correct for the latitude of London. I have also processed the astro shots to be more sympathetic to what the naked eye would see in terms of saturation and detail. The internet is saturated with well-processed images of the Milky Way that show phenomenal colour that are the result of fantastic low light DSLR technology. Don’t get me wrong I love these images, I am one of the people who endeavours to create them! But in reality the Milky Way does not look like this; so in order to make this film more believable I have chosen to process the shots this way.
I first got the idea for the film when I read an article about a blackout in LA in 1994 where people called 911 reporting these strange clouds floating in the sky, those clouds where in fact the Milky Way. It made me think about how the lights from cities have made many of us lose our connection to the night sky. We live in a fast paced man-made world whereby it is all too easy for us to become disconnected from the natural world around us, isolated from what is actually real. There are many other aspects of the human condition that this film could touch upon which could make its’ intentions appear somewhat complicated, but is essence the film’s agenda could not be more simple; to inspire people to get away from the city lights, go somewhere quiet on a star-filled night and simply look up.
This project is purely non-profit but I would love the opportunity take the Blackout City idea to different metropolises across the globe as each city with it’s specific latitude will reveal a different sky. If anyone thinks they can help to make this happen please connect with me through the links below:
To see more of my work please visit: nicholasbuer.com
For direct enquires please mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main track is by The American Dollar ‘As We Float’ (Ambient)
Licensed at: theamericandollar.info/licensing
For motion control I used the Stage One Dolly System by Dynamic Perception
© Nicholas Buer 2014
Did you know there’s other places that look even better than Venice? Probably not. So here’s our video from our beautiful capital, Stockholm, showing why you should visit us instead of Italy which is way too warm for you anyways.
A time lapse video showing some places around Stockholm at night. The clips was created during the past year and the focus was to capture different bodies of water around the city and get some nice reflections.
Music: “Flicker” by Origamibiro (origamibiro.com/)
Cast: Atja Productions
A short weekend in Paris. My first visit. Some impressions of an impressive city.
Music: ‘Maybe A Goodbye Will Come’ by ferrie = differentieel, composition by Henry Newbury
2013 Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
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more info at audio.dailym.net/2013/05/maybe-a-goodbye-will-come/ or soundcloud.com/differentieel/maybe-a-goodbye-will-come/ or dailym.net/2013/10/first-time-paris/
One day in the city of Monaco.
Shot with Canon 7D and Radian Time Lapse Motorized Pan/Tilt Head
Cast: Mathieu Quehen
This film was shot during my summer holiday 2013 in Ireland. My brother and I stayed in Dublin for a week and we take some day for going in Wicklow county.
Discover this awesome green country and this city, his bar and his peoples.
Shot with Canon 550D
Lens : Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Canon EF-S IS 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
Post-prod : Premiere, After Effect.
Cast: Quentin Dumas
Paris as you’ve probably never seen it !
No timelapse, no tilt-shift, no accordion 😉
Cast: Julien Alcacer
A mainly hyperlapse tour through some of the iconic locations of Chicago. What a great City!
All footage in this video was shot during one week in June 2012 as part of our ongoing ‘Around the World in Timelapse’ project.
Follow the ‘Round the World in Timelapse’ project at facebook.com/gtimage
Thanks for on-location support to:
Hotel 71, Swissotel, Marriott Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Observatory, Park Hyatt Chicago, Cite at top of Lake Point Tower.
Sound track is ‘Believe In Your Dreams’ BY: FRANCESCO D’ANDREA
A beautiful sunday through London. (For better experience please use headphones.)
Shot on a nikon D800.
I’ve recently moved back to Paris and have been able to rediscover this city. Paris is often represented by monuments, but videos didn’t seem to show the atmosphere, the people.
As a city, the pace is varied which I tried to highlight with timelapse and slow motion. It’s a series of moments captured to show what Paris is to me. It’s a moment in time.
Shot with a canon 7D and 17-55mm lens.