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Extraordinary Focus Changing Tilt-Shift Timelapse

By Joseph Cha on October 29th 2013

This is an oldie, but a goodie. I’ve seen more timelapses than there are frames in one, but this is easily one of my favorites. I can only describe it as a euphoric tilt shift dream that encompasses all of humanity and joy. Just watch the video and you’ll understand.

Photographer Keith Loutit has developed a tilt-shift timelapse combo and he’s been working on experimental focus and light transition techniques.

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From an interview with Planet5D Loutit says

“Because its the first time I’ve released in this style, the film is hard hitting, and full of effects… more so than if I were releasing a story based concept. Many of the scenes are not really tilt shift.. they’re what I call ‘clean shocks’, or ’tilt shocks’, depending on whether I choose to keep the tilt shift effect, and these are the focus of most of my experiments now going forward.”

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For camera bodies Loutit uses the Nikon D3S, Nikon D4, and the Canon 5D Mark II. For camera lenses, this is where it gets interesting. Loutit uses large format bellows, classic Rodogon lenses, classic Nikon lenses, and modified enlarger lenses.

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Loutit also mentions “I haven’t fully made the transition from optical to post processed effects yet, as I find the lenses often survive the color grade better.”

Even with his list of gear I can still only imagine how he got these amazing shots. I can only hope for a behind-the-scenes video. Let me know how you think he shot this timelapse in the comments!

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[Source: Planet5D]

About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    Excellent stuff!!!

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  2. Rohan

    This is fantastic, I would absolutely LOVE to see a behind the scenes video of how he did this.

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  3. Vickie

    I’m so impressed by the warehouse shots toward the end of the video and the semi truck driving around the bend.

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  4. Peter

    Wicked. When a vision meets ability and dedication, helped by a bit of talent!

    Hope the behind-the-scenes vid comes out soon!

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