A compilation of timelapse clips that I shot in NYC over the past year or so. Focus on people, transport and events in New York City.
I’ve spent my entire life living in New York City (over six decades now). It has an energy that is unmatched. It can also be a bit scary at times. Over the years I have seen both sides. This timelapse video is a compilation of various clips that I’ve shot around the city over the past year or so.
Health issues have prevented me getting out and shooting recently. I’m on the mend now and planning to explore more of my hometown. Have a look and I hope you enjoy.
Brooklyn Bridge Deforum Render
Back in 2021 I created a day-to-night timelapse video of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan. On that day I was participating in a timelapse workshop given by Emeric Le Bars and Brian Youchak.
More recently I’ve been experimenting with AI image creation using Stable Diffusion. I decided to try processing my timelape clips using SD. The Brooklyn timelapse was processed through Stable Diffusion running on Automatic1111. The Deforum extension and Controlnet was used to read each frame of the original timelapse and output rendered PNG files. These PNGs were then upscaled to 4k and then ffmpeg was used to create a video file.
Final Cut Pro X was used to combine the original timelapse clip with the Deforum render into a final video. Questions and comments are welcome. FYI – this is the first 4k video I’ve posted to Youtube.
I was in Times Square a few weeks ago and shot a timelapse from the Red Steps near the TKTS booth. I had tried to do this a couple of times before but the steps were always closed for some reason. Tourists are back in NYC and it was very busy.
Shot using a Nikon Z 6ii with Nikkor 14-30 f/4 AF lens. A two second interval was used. NYC was experiencing some haziness that day because of the wild fires in Canada. Haziness that day was not as bad as some days in the previous weeks.
Three Months In 33 Seconds
There is a new HS being built near my home in Wooside. I wanted to do a timelapse of the construction but didn’t want to tie up one of my Nikons cameras for an extended time. I decided to improvise. My solution was to use a Raspberry Pi 3 with a RP camera module and a third party telephoto lens. Notice the trees in the foreground. There are no leaves on them at the start of the clip and then the trees bud and bloom.
I used various scripts and the ffmpeg video utility to create MP4 video clips of construction activity everyday. I them merged them into one long clip and edited in Final Cut Pro X. The Raspberry camera quality is not that great but I enjoyed the experiment. Hope you enjoy it too.
ubassman plays bass
I wasn’t able to perform for most of 2022 due to my health issues. But, I have started to play out again over recent months. I’ve posted photos from two recent gigs. One with the Accidental Gypsies. And one with The Flynns. It was pouring rain on both days. The gig with the Gypsies was outside and was especially damp. The Flynns gig was inside but I got soaked on the way to the job.
Looking forward to many more gigs as the warm weather moves in. And, hopefully they will all be much drier.