Lonely Planet Writer

Photographer shares stunning panoramic time-lapse video showing LA in all its glory

A photographer has shared a stunning six-minute, panoramic, time-lapse video of Los Angeles that showcases the beauty of the city in ultra-high quality.

Los Angeles Time lapse video
The six-minute long video showcases LA in all its glory. Image by Joe Capra/Scientifantastic
Panoramic Los Angeles
The panoramic style was created by using two DSLR cameras synced perfectly. Image by Joe Capra/Scientifantastic

Created by Joe Capra (who goes by the name Scientifantastic), the Pano LA video took two years to make and saw the photographer using two DSLR cameras synced side by side throughout the process. The result is panoramic time-lapse footage that comes in at 10 k by 4 k resolution when stitched together. The beautiful footage can be seen in the video below.

 

“This video has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding and rewarding project that I have worked on to date. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to time lapse and I wanted to do it properly. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly,” Joe told Lonely Planet News. The success came when a client approached Joe to create a time-lapse video of LA. He purchased new gear and did some tests that were successful, leading to him creating a series of panoramic style time-lapse videos.

An example of Joe's setup, which shows two synced cameras whose footage are stitched together in post processing.
An example of Joe’s setup, which shows two synced cameras whose footage are stitched together in post processing. Image by Joe Capra/Scientifantastic
According to Joe, getting all of the technical aspects perfect for the shoot was the most challenging part of the process.
According to Joe, getting all of the technical aspects perfect for the shoot was the most challenging part of the process. Image by Joe Capra/Scientifantastic

“The most difficult part of the process was the technical aspect of shooting. Everything needed to be in sync on every frame. All cameras and camera settings needed to be the exact same. I needed two identical lenses of the same quality. You can’t have a sharp copy and a softer copy or you will see the difference in the final image. Both cameras needed to be rock solid and not move independently of each other,” Joe said.

Joe has also created panoramic time lapse videos in other countries such as Brazil and Iceland.
Joe has also created panoramic time lapse videos in other countries such as Brazil and Iceland. Image by Joe Capra/Scientifantastic

Joe has also created videos that showcase the beauty of Iceland, Greenland, Australia’s Gold Coast and Rio de Janeiro. His clients include The Weather Channel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. More of his work is available on his website.