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100 Glorious Megapixels of Los Angeles

By Shivani Reddy on July 10th 2016

Even amongst the jarring sirens and freeway noise, the City of Angels has a certain calming presence unlike any other downtown metropolis. 72 suburbs come together to make one unifying county of art, history, and pure magnificence.

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Photographer and cinematographer Joe Capra of Scientifantastic allows us to witness the masterful capabilities of the 100 Megapixel Phase One XF IQ3 in full force. Capra, an LA-based photographer is a master of the trade of timelapses with an Instagram feed inundated with wide captures of Los Angeles monuments and sites. With the Phase One XF’s 12K timelapse function, Capra was able to capture every ounce of detail offered of scenic LA spots in “three times the resolution than existing 4K HD video content”.

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Each and every single frame is comprised of 100 clean, crisp megapixels thanks to the latest software update to the XF, generating extreme resolution imagery. This gives you the capability to “punch in extremely far into a scene while maintaining massive amounts of detail allowing you much more creative freedom and flexibility in post production”. The project was a compilation of over 50,000 frames to create one fluid timelapse.

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Capra used his “4-year-old custom built PC” to post produce the images which took “6-8 hours per scene┬áto render, crashing his computer and forcing him to start the process over again”. This shouldn’t come as a shock mainly because each image produced from the Phase One XF is around 160-180 mb, depending on the specific scene captured. The raw video totals to around 32 terabytes of 12K-goodness, leaving DSLR’s in the dust when compared for storage.

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If you think this amalgamation of LA’s bustling traffic and city streets is the best thing you’ve seen all day, check out Capra’s trailer for PANO | LA curated with footage shot with a “two camera setup resulting in extremely high resolution 10K x 4K panoramic timelapse images”.

Learn more on the issues Capra faced while creating these images in his Verge article.

Keep up with Joe Capra on Vimeo & Instagram.

PHASED | LA from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

Terms: #Megapixel

Shivani wants to live in a world where laughter is the cure to pretty much everything. Since she can’t claim “Serial Bingewatcher” as an occupation, she’ll settle for wedding/portrait photographer at Lin and Jirsa & marketing coordinator here at SLR Lounge. For those rare moments when you won’t find a camera in her hand, she will be dancing, eating a donut, or most likely watching Seinfeld.

Follow her on Instagram: @shivalry_inc

4 Comments

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  1. David Parks

    This could be an effective tool for Milky Way timelapses, being able to zoom into the galactic core like no other camera. Someone please steal my idea and give credit.

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  2. Daniel Thullen

    I must admit that Capra’s time lapse is very beautiful and makes the Los Angeles metro area become art. However, the ability to get that kind of detail at great distances in the wrong hands unnerves me a little.

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  3. joe capra

    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Robert Sheppard

    wonderful thank you

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