Hey everyone, thanks for checking out my latest time-lapse project. I’ll be posting several behind the scenes photo blogs showing different aspects of this challenging production. Check back for more and I will be updating the Page Films Facebook page with photos as well.
Part 1: Erratic Weather
In 2012, Portland, Ore. saw the wettest March-May months in 72 years. But when your average Portlander argues that the rain “isn’t that bad” they may have a point. There were actually more drier days than last year, it just came down harder when it did rain. The city’s unpredictable, erratic spring weather made for many amazing photographic opportunities.
Here are some photos from two different days shooting from the Vista bridge looking west toward downtown Portland:
This was the first day shooting on the Vista bridge using Dynamic Perception’s Stage Zero dolly with a telescope head mounted to the cart. I set out to get some stormy cloud time-lapse but ended up with several shots that fit better with the sunny weather content toward the end of the video. I ultimately used just one of the close up shots looking at the city through the spikes.
Here you can see a bit of the aftermath from the erratic weather I was faced with. The rain would come and go so fast that I often could keep a shot going by just holding an umbrella over the dolly cart.
This was the second day shooting on the Vista bridge a few weeks later. It was a magical day for time-lapse. In addition to this shot I also got the opening title shot and the Rose Festival fireworks shot all within several hours.
An intense rainbow formed during the shot of the glimmering light over the city and there was also a thunderstorm in that same direction. If I had another DSLR I could have captured another time-lapse of it. I decided to stick with the shot I had and it turned out to be extremely dynamic.
After I finished the shot of the glimmering light over the city I attempted to gather all my gear and move up the bridge where there was a better view of the rainbow and lightning storm which were still going strong. While I was setting up for that shot the sky just opened up and dropped everything it had on me, my gear and everyone who was pulled over on the bridge to witness this amazing weather. This photo was taken after scrambling to get everything into my car and out of the pouring rain. All of my gear got wet but fortunately nothing was damaged.
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