During August 2020 my wife Liz and I spent a fair amount of our spare time exploring the sights along the tidal banks of the River Mersey, from New Brighton on the tip of the Wirral Peninsula down to Seacombe Dock, home of the world famous Mersey Ferry and a great place to view and photograph the dramatic Liverpool skyline on the far side of the river.
On a previous evening to this time lapse shoot we'd spent an hour and a half filming the transition from day to night over most of the length of the Liverpool waterfront, taking in tall skyscapers, the famous 'Three Graces' and the new Liverpool museum building.
You can check out that shoot by visiting my Merseyside Time Lapse #5 video page.
Anyhow, on that occasion I was well impressed by how the iconic Royal Liver Building, the most well known of the 'Three Graces', was lit up once darkness had fallen, so I resolved to return and shoot another day to night time lapse video, zoomed in on the Royal Liver Building itself.
You can see the result of that return effort by visiting my Merseyside Time Lapse #6 video page., and I enjoyed very much watching and filming as the building lit up, especially as, towards the end of the shoot, we were treated to an illumination show of changing coloured lights on the facades and towers of this historic architecture.
However, my normal time lapse rendering of the scene, running at 30 frames per second, resulted in the coloured light show being over in a flash.
I wanted to show the coloured illuminations at a much slower pace because they were really lovely, so I used the fifty or so frames from my original time lapse shoot that captured the changing lights and colours to make this 'stretched' time lapse video, running at approximately three times 'real life' speed.
I must say I am really pleased with this final result, which is a real treat to watch.
Filename - liverpool liver building illuminations 01
Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR
Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 190mm
Exposure - (start of sequence) - 1.6 secs @ f/5, ISO100
Exposure - (end of sequence) - 2.5 secs @ f/5, ISO100
Filters - None.
Shooting interval - 6 seconds
Location - Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps (4K and HD formats also available)
Clip duration - 56 seconds
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