Pécs – Baranya timelapse

Finally, it’s done!

I almost can’t believe it. This project had been going on for a very, very long time. I am going to share the description with you here on my blog, and publish a new part on every Monday and Thursday in a chronological order. I’m also going to talk about my ideas, my equipment, my trips, the mistakes made, the difficulties, successes, and experiences, and I am going to upload all the images in full length, as only a part of them made it into the video.

At first, I am going to talk about my basic ideas and the first live test. Back in 2010, I saw a timelapse I liked, and I decided to make one of Pécs as well. This was all I had in mind – I knew nothing about the technique yet, so I looked into it as much as I could. In brief, the point is that you put the camera on a tripod, and take a couple hundreds of pictures in given amounts of time and then sequence them into a video, which will make the passage of time and the change of the environment result in a fast motion video. When I decided to do the video, I only had a Panasonic FZ50 Bridge camera. I wanted the final result to be better than what I could do with that camera, and I felt that I had outgrown it anyway, so I looked at other alternatives, I tried a couple of brands, and started saving. I looked at Canons and Nikons, so I eventually chose a NikonD7000 body. The quality of it also put the similar Canon bodies to shame. The Nikon had an intervalometer too, which is the function that you can take timelapses with. Plus, when I held it, it actually felt like a real camera. So it has been decided, but the needed amount of money seemed impossible to gather: I had been saving for more than half a year, and I was nowhere near the desired sum. So I borrowed from my Grandma and Grandpa – once again, thank you both! Even though everyone said that I shouldn’t borrow money just for this, and that what I had was enough, I still got camera, and started working on my project. In the beginning, I had nothing but a Nikon 16-85 lens, and later on I bought a Nikon 50mm 1.8G. Before this, I’d never really hiked, I only did when my buddies convinced me to – but luckily, with this project, it completely changed. As I had zero concepts in the beginning, there were two possible ideas – on their own and combined: either to take pictures of the city’s landmarks or events, or to focus on natural phenomena. Finally, as I started my project, it started leaning more towards the second option.

To be continued on next week.

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