Chicago Timelapse Project, Windy City Nights II

by Bret Hoy2 Comments

Time-lapses are beautiful things. With video we often find ourselves stuck with the task of trying to duplicate reality. We capture the pace of life as it is.. Time-lapses grant us the power to communicate the heartbeat and pace of a city or location in one breath, and indeed communicate an entirely different feel than conventional video could.

The Chicago TimeLapse Project, has taken this concept to the ultimate and created something truly remarkable. This coalition of photographers joined together to create a series of videos comprised solely of timelapses of the city of Chicago. What they have created transcends the reality of city life itself and leads you to new fairy tale type concept of what a city can be.

The surreal velocity at which we’re thrown through the streets and sidewalks of Chicago is complimented and enhanced by the intense light and color that Max Wilson and the rest of the Chicago Photographers were able to capture. Supernatural indigo and navy float above the seemingly infinite plain of amber and golden streetlights.

Basically what I’m trying to say is that I dig this– I think you will too.

Chicago Timelapse Project, Windy City Nights II

Via Vimeo Description:

Windy City Nights II is all about my continuing passion for shooting night timelapse photography in a city I truly appreciate for its inspiring views and beauty. This project is a continuation of my first Chicago Timelapse movie and I have been shooting for the past 18 months in my spare time in this amazing city to try and capture what your eyes do not see normally. There is something special about looking down on streets of gold and taking in the view.

Windy City Nights II is also about making new connections with Chicagoans and meeting new people who have assisted me throughout my journey. I truly appreciate all the new connections I have made who helped make this movie possible. My journey has been interesting with lots of rewards and filled with challenges. Chicago is not an easy city to get around with a few hundred pounds of gear and hauling it up to rooftops and other tight spaces where it sits in awkward places for long periods of time. After spending hours and days setting up shots and developing them, it's nice to see a pretty image come to life in the form of a timelapse. It really makes me appreciate this city and all it’s uniqueness it offers. It’s not an easy process as any timelapse photographer will tell you; however, it’s very rewarding in the end. I continue to learn and am always being inspired by a rich photography community Chicago has to offer.

The gear I used to make this project are Canon 5D Mark III’s and Canon 1DX’s camera bodies as well as numerous Canon L and Cine Lenses. Motion control gear I used was the Kessler Second Shooter paired with the CineSlider and the DitoGear OmniSliders. Software used to process my timelapse sequences were LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

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Music in this project is from the very talented Tony Anderson and was licensed via the Music Bed.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. This is a brilliant video.  Only possible, of course, in a BIG city.  What I really loved was seeing all the airplanes/jets coming and going in the skies.  Well done and fun!

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