The "Little" City of Brotherly Love.
December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment
This was probably one of the most enjoyable projects that I’ve worked on in a long time. My goal was to turn Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly”, into a miniature city.
Originally I started this project back in 2011. At the time I had only shot a few of the scenes, but for some reason or another I never did anything with them. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I was clearing out my hard-drive that I came across the footage I captured.
To shoot this time-lapse I used an extremely fast shutter speed to capture the full movement of the cars, people and the moving parts of the city to help create the illusion of the miniature effect. Shutter speeds were between 1 and 1/250 of a second.
So many times after shooting a time-lapse I notice things that were occurring in the scene that I did not notice while shooting. For this reason I decided not to use a tilt-shift lens in this project and control the points of interest in post instead of it being predetermined at the time of the shoot. After reviewing the footage, the tilt-shift effect was applied in post-production for each of the scenes. For the ground level scenes, I took advantage of my 17-40mm wide-angle lens to help make the cars and people look further away than they appear.
Keywords: Ben Franklin Bridge, Boathouse Row, Bruce Wayne Photography, Center City Philadelphia, Delaware River, Northern Liberties, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Slot Cars, Timelapse, Trolley Cars, UPenn, West Philadelphia
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