Timelapse Film: Japan-Day 2015 – Fireworks

A Timelapse Film

Japan Tag Düsseldorf 2015 / Japan-Day
Japanisches Feuerwerk / Japanese Fireworks at the Rhein


Date: 30 May 2015
Starttime: 23:02
Endtime: 23:29
Duration: 27minPhotos: 752 in .raw
Size: 14,7 GB
Original rendered in 4k (4096 x 2304 pixels) in 14fps
Location on Google Maps

Camera: Samsung NX300M
Aperture: f.3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/8s
Focal length: 20mm
ISO: 1600
Interval: 2s

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Premiere
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Fireworks
L R Timelapse

Music by:
Artist: Guitars Subconscious Sun / Charles Fenollosa
Album: Guitars Subconscious Sun
Title: “Fireworks”
Link: jamendo
Published under CC

Background Info over Japan-Day
I did this timelapse in my hometown, Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf has got the biggest japanese community in whole europe, each year we celebrate the Japanese-German friendship in May/June. It attracts usually more than 500.000 visitors. At several places you can get in touch with the Japanese culture, like food, kimono fitting or an samurai army camp. (More info here: Official Webpage)

Background Info over the timelapse
This was the first time that I timelapsed fireworks. I was thinking for a long time if I should use long exposure times or short exposure times. I choosed short exposure over the longer one because then I can capture one single explosion with more pictures, instead with one picture where I have several explosions. I also wanted to create a longer film, instead my usual 8-12 seconds timelapses. So thats why 1/8s and a 2second interval.
In the first minute of the firework session I did not take any pictures, because I had to figure out where exactly to point the camera and how high the fireworks would get. And of course to fix the shutter time, I started with 2 seconds, but that was too long. For my surprise I had to choose a faster one, to avoid overexposure!
In the postproduction I chose a framerate of 14fps, originally I was working with 30fps. 30 was too fast, after various testing with different framerates (21fps, 16fps, 15fps) I came to the conclusion that 14 is best.  I also tried fading/motion blur but that got too messy.

All in all after some adjusting of the .raw files I got a very nice timelapse of the Japanese fireworks in Düsseldorf. Next year from a closer position?

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