Welcome to this photography blog focused mainly to timelapse topics.
Hi, my name is Luis Roberto De León and I have been a photographer for over 25 years. Since I was young I`ve related to the creations of images as well of use of Macintosh computer in activities that goes from graphic design trough 2D and 3D animation. A few years ago this two worlds that seems parallels, sudddenly converge not only to facilitate the creation of images, but to develop new forms of creating still and moving images.
My interest in stop motion and timelapse comes from a young age. Since the beginning of movies, stop motion has been used to recreate dinosaurs or monsters in a realistic way. When I finished my Sciences of Communication studies on latest 80’s, there was no portable video cameras that has been accesible to the amateur. On that time the usual was to firm in super 8 film and because it was considered an “amateur camera” was not common that has advanced features like filming one frame at a time.
That interest on stop motion and timelapse was hold on pause for a few years while the digital technology on images was taking place. Some years later, I had the honor to be invited for the fourth time to dictate a conference on the national photographers convention organised bye the Mexican Society of Professional Photographers A.C. (SMFP). The board gave me the liberty of propose the topic. Mi intention was to talk about topics that serves my colleagues in their ordinary work. I explain that topics in the easiest way that I can, with the intention that they can use immediately in their jobs. The chosen topics were four: photography self learning in the web, 360 degrees photography (QTVR), fragmented photography (I call it mosaic), and obviously timelapse.
Regarding timelapse, my suggestion was that the photographers and videographers there (mostly focused to social themes like weddings, baptisms etc) could make with their usual cameras little timelapse sequences in touristic spots of their hometown and include them in their videos when pass to one topic to other. An example is when passing trough wedding to reception. This kind of timelapses are usual in movies and television.
I think that explaining a topic using images or videos created by others gives less credibility to the speaker in an important convention like this. That’s why after a briefly search on web and books, I went to the street to capture timelapse takes with my Nikon camera. The conference on the World Trade Center Mexico has a warm reception by the assistants and I hope that more than one were inspired to do this kind of sequences.
On the following months I use any kind of photographic device I could to do timelapses: an iPhone, a pocket camera, DSLR camera, even a video cameras. Later, a client ask me to do a job that involves making a long term timelapse 16 weeks). Searching the web I found a Brinno TLC200 Pro camera that is precisely focused to do timelapses and with excellent use of AA batteries. Once I passed that manal reading and field tests, I began to use that camera to do commercial jobs. As a professional photographer, the most important feature of that specific model is that makes every frame in HDR, which gives an excellent performance in low light situations.
In my search of the ideal camera to do that kind of work I meet Josh Banks (http://www.banksphotos.com) a professional photographer based in United States, timelapse creator and consultant for Brinno Cameras based in Taiwan. Knowing him and become a follower of his timelapse blog I came out with the idea to contribute to the timelapse community of people with patience and joy of making fast moving images. As you can see, my personal web is both in spanish and english so I will produce my blog in both languages.
With the regularity that my job permits, I will share technique, anecdotes and experiences in timelapse. I ask you to see this blog as a encounter place between colleagues where the most advanced share their knowledges with the new ones. That way everybody wins. I invite you to participate on this blog whose only purpose is to share between friends.
Luis Roberto De León has been dedicated to industrial and commercial photography for more than 30 years, staying at the forefront with digital technologies.
Phone: +52 (81) 8340 9090