LA Time-Lapse Relies On Fantastic Color & Composition to Stand Out from the Crowd

Photographer Chris Pritchard recently took it upon himself to pay a time-lapse tribute to a city he loves. The city of Los Angeles. The final product is called Above LA, and it manages to capture our attention in an over-saturated genre thanks to its fantastic compositions, beautiful use of movement and vibrant (but not overwhelming) colors.

As the title would suggest, Pritchard decided to capture the City of Angels from above. He explains why in the video’s description:

Whether on a rooftop, a hill or a mountain, getting above the grind of the city allows you to appreciate it in a new way. Once you get even slightly above, the views and sounds begin to change dramatically.

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Produced sporadically over the course of two years, Pritchard revealed that some of the locations he used are fairly popular and easy to get to, while others were “heavily restricted.” But despite the trouble he went through to get some of the footage, you can’t really argue with the results. The colors captured in the time-lapse are as diverse as the humans living in it and the compositions are spot on throughout the entire film.

It comes in at just shy of four minutes, so take a few moments out of your day to appreciate Los Angeles from Above, and then head over to Pritchard’s blog for more info.

(via Fstoppers)

  • James Tarry

    Most TL’s i get a little bit bored of, but really enjoyed that. Love the fading in and out from day to night. But also i love LA… so maybe somewhat biased :)

  • Gannon Burgett

    I can’t help but agree. We’ve been trying to keep time-lapses to a minimum lately, but the transitions, timing and everything just seemed so perfectly executed in this one.

  • Peter Smolenski

    I don’t see anybody here trying to keep time lapse to a minimum….. a couple days ago there were two on the same day. I love Petepixel. I wish you’d get over the very tired time lapse stuff. I realize it must be akin to quitting some drug or something. Not easy to do. But I am holding out hope for you. I am here to help you if you need it.

  • Jeremiah True

    I didn’t expect to enjoy this given the recent flood of time-lapse but this was well done, especially considering the transitions between day and night. I particularly liked the parts where longer lenses were included and there was some tight cropping so it wasn’t all just wide and “here’s everything.” Those shots were nice too, don’t get me wrong, but I found the variety refreshing.

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  • Douglas Clarke

    I thought it was well executed and the accompanying music well chosen. I really enjoyed viewing it.

  • Guest

    I can’t believe you deleted my comment….it;s only because you know I’m right, and you have not been trying at all to keep time lapse to a minimum in the least. Like I said in my deleted comment, last week there were 2 in one day. so go ahead and delete this one too, While you’re at it, change the name to TIME-LAPSE PIXEL

  • Peter Smolenski

    TIME-LAPSE PIXEL I can’t believe you deleted my comment You know I’m right.