Tam Nguyen Photography

New York Beauty and Fashion Photographer

Timelapse in New York

Posted on February 24, 2012 in Personal, Photography

Timelapse in New York

It’s only been a few days since I got back from my trip to New York, and I already miss it a ton. My mind is still operating in New-York mode – 55F is considered nice weather; food doesn’t taste the same; life here in California is too slow; work…

Well, I guess work will always be work…

What I did differently during this trip was to dedicate most of the time to shoot time-lapse. It’s kind of funny how this wasn’t my first time there, but I’d never thought of doing time-lapse in my previous visits. One thing I noticed: New York hates tripod, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. What boggles my mind is that people don’t seem to care about walking into your frame; they have no problem doing so. The good thing is since I was shooting time-lapse, the more people in my frame, the more interesting it’ll look in video. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

I shot almost 11,000 pictures while I was in the city. I knew it was going to be a long process to create the video from those still shots, but I didn’t think it’d take me roughly 14 18 hours. I used LRTimelapse software to process each segment, as they suffered from flickering quite a bit. I didn’t think about the trick to half-unmount the lens to make sure the aperture was always open until I saw the previews. I guess things could’ve been worse had I shot it in RAW. I shot in JPEGs, and each segment took about an hour in post. Phew.

The panning effect was done in post. I wish I had a Dynamic Perception. I need to get one of those.

Shooting time-lapse is so much fun. I really look forward to shooting a lot more in the near future.

Make sure to watch the video below in HD mode and with your speakers on.

Music: “The Watchers” by Nigel John Stanford.

Special thanks to my brother and his fiance for providing me with all the great food, fun, shelter, and locations to shoot.


  1. gdt February 25, 2012

    doesn’t work ;(

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