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.
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”.
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.
Capra used his “4-year-old custom built PC” to post produce the images which took “6-8 hours per scene to 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.
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.