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Old January 8th, 2014, 08:32 PM   #1
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A Day in Denver: A Time-Lapse Project

Hi there! I'm new to SkyscraperCity but have lurked around for a long time. I noticed there hasn't been a lot of Denver represented on here so I figured I would help change that!

A couple weeks ago I posted this over at SSP, but I promise I will begin posting my photos and everything here as well!!

Over the past 14 months I have been working on a time-lapse project with Denver as the subject. I planned out 37 different angles around Denver and shot short time-lapses at each place. I chose a 3 minute song for the project and compiled each time-lapse sequence to go along with it. 9,186 photos were taken and 255GB of data was processed to make this 3 minute video.

I never expected to do a full project like this so I just used a basic tripod, basic intervalometer, and weighed down my camera with my bag and an 8 pound workout weight (yes it worked fantastic!).. Some of the higher up shots I did without a tripod and just hung the camera off the ledge tying off the strap to something. Those shots were very nervewracking, needless to say.

When it came down to processing, I had to experiment around to get a good system down. It came down to this:

Shoot in RAW -> Make adjustments in Adobe Camera RAW -> Batch RAW to JPEG in Photoshop -> Import JPEG's in Sony Vegas @ 24 frames per second -> Crop to 16:9 / add digital movement if needed -> Export sequence to main project timeline -> Cut sequence / adjust speed if needed -> Render final video..

Overall, it took roughly 1 hour of my time (including shooting, processing, and editing) for 1 second of the final video. It was a lot of work but I'm very glad to have it complete!

Without further ado, here is the video and below are the stills that best represent each sequence!



These are actual frames from the time-lapse project:

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

image hosted on flickr

A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

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A Day in Denver - Timelapse Project Stills by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed 'A Day in Denver'!
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Old January 8th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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Great, very nice photos from Denver and welcome to SSC forums, Ryan
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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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Very very very very nice, Ryan! Thanks for sharing.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:10 AM   #4
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Cool pics of Denver. Love those mountains in the background.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #5
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Denver's lookin fine! It's got a subtly interesting skyline. It's cool to see such an emphasis on public transit, not sure if that's just because you shot at a lot of major hubs or if there really is a nice developing system in Denver. Too many western cities are unfocused on transit. Those wide shots near the end of the whole city were amazing.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 04:01 AM   #6
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Great photos, you captured Denver really well.

Looking forward to seeing more photos in the future.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:22 AM   #7
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one of the nice cities in terms of development and architectural styles.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #8
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Love this architecture, nice photos!
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Old January 25th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #9
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Thank you for the kind words everyone! I'm already planning a second project and come spring time, I'm going to start shooting again! This was so much fun, and now, without a huge project to work on, life is just boring again..
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Old January 25th, 2014, 06:40 PM   #10
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Been to Denver , I have friends and family there and I love it !!
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Old January 28th, 2014, 09:38 PM   #11
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Best timelapse ever...
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Old January 29th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #12
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Wow awesome work Ryan! Denver looks great as usual. I have a bit of a soft spot for the city.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #13
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Wow! This looks great. Beautiful pictures and fine time laps. Thanks for sharing mat!
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Old February 8th, 2014, 08:06 AM   #14
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Good stuff!
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Old February 8th, 2014, 11:08 PM   #15
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Amazing shots, great video
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