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    Default Rivers of Light: Sorrento Valley time-lapse

    Time-lapse photography turns freeways into scenic rivers of light:




    Music:
    “Strings” by Nenuache Audio
    https://audiojungle.net/item/strings/21740959

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Ray Dunakin; 09-22-2018 at 12:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Dunakin View Post
    Enjoy!
    I did!
    The animated movement didn't flow quite as nice as it could've though. What I notice is that the movement will stop right before the cut to the next scene. In my opinion it would've been nicer to cut to the next scene on a fluid motion and perhaps also group the motion direction a bit more. Right now it feels a bit back and forth too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapes View Post
    What I notice is that the movement will stop right before the cut to the next scene. In my opinion it would've been nicer to cut to the next scene on a fluid motion and perhaps also group the motion direction a bit more.
    I was always told that, unless following action, one should never cut into a pan or tilt - a pan/tilt should start from static and finish static and I guess these are the guidlines Ray is following here. I'd suggest that this has been relaxed somewhat nowadays and one left to right pan can cut to s similarly paced right to left pan both moving.

    I think the awkwardness you (and I) feel in this video is more to do with:

    Quote Originally Posted by Grapes View Post
    Right now it feels a bit back and forth too much.
    than the pans and tilts stopping, but I also supect that it would work better if the static shots at the beginning and end of each pan/tilt had been held for a bit longer.

    This back & forth movement is problematic and could prompt an interesting dicussion:

    How do we add interest to a static scene such as a landscape with camera movement whilst avoiding it either feeling repetitive or like we're going backwards and forwards?
    I think Ray's made a good attempt at achieving it - if you analyse it, there are four cases where camera movement is reversed either side of a cut.

    (Just to prove I've been particularly anal here, I noted the shot movement as:
    down, up, out, down, up, static, down/in, out/up, down/out, pan right, out, up, static, up, out (expand right & down), down & right, pan right, static, pan left, down)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStannard View Post
    I was always told that, unless following action, one should never cut into a pan or tilt - a pan/tilt should start from static and finish static and I guess these are the guidlines Ray is following here. I'd suggest that this has been relaxed somewhat nowadays and one left to right pan can cut to s similarly paced right to left pan both moving.
    Hmmm this rings a vague bell somewhere but I have to admit I never had the proper training to be fair. I do know that I generally like to cut during motion into a new scene with the same motion which keeps the flow for me. So far I haven't heard my clients complain

    You're right about the back & forth movement being the thing that mostly unsettles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapes View Post
    I do know that I generally like to cut during motion into a new scene with the same motion which keeps the flow for me. So far I haven't heard my clients complain
    I think that's fine - it's cutting from moving to a static or a different direction that's the problem. You're probably doing it naturally, without even thinking about it.

    I always think the best rule of thumb is if it looks OK on the following day, then it probably IS OK.
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    Cool time lapse. I've got to do more in my videos

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    Thanks for all the feedback, it's very helpful! I read all the comments in the email notifications, and didn't realize until now that I hadn't gotten back here to respond.

    Until now I had no idea what rules there might be for pans. Good to know! I tried to go by what "felt" right but I think I probably overdid it a bit on this video.

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