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.
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.
“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 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.