My Bali Timelapse Quadrilogy is a set of 4 different timelapse videos, using different techniques of slicing (TimeSlice), blending (BlendScape) and mirroring (MirrorScape) my images. I just love how I can take the same photo realistic scene and capture a different dimension of that, turning it into something different by ways of editing. TimeSlice allows me to show the pretty palette of colours in a single frame, BlendScape visualises the mesmerising morphing of the clouds and MirrorScape lets me express the psychedelic side of it. These all the things I love so much about timelapse, translated into their own style of video.
Back when I started photography in 2008 I slowly found out it wasn’t the best moment in time, but the ‘change of time’ that fascinated me; the colours of the sunrise from stars till daylight, clouds moving and morphing, the Milky Way rising in the sky. Naturally I fell in love with timelapse. I’d often think what other ways there are for using my timelapses, and how to express time differently. In 2017 I started my TimeScapes project to explore that idea. I’ve since create my Mt Bromo TimeScape, Bagan TimeBlend and my first MirrorScape, Dimension Reflection and series of images. It wasn’t until I was in Bali during the lockdown for 15 months, that I had the right opportunity for TimeSlice and eventually even many more videos.
A lot of things all come together in this project, years of timelapsing, experiences and ideas, so much more. A huge amount of time and love was put into it. It’s an ode to Bali, worlds’ best island, a place like no else.
Gear: Nikon D750, D850, 16-35/4, 28-300/3.5-5.6, 20/8.
Software: LRTimelapse, LR, PS, AE, StarStax
TimeLapse ‘Visions of Bali’
Visions of Bali captures world’s best island and all its different faces, through my eyes as a timelapse photographer. Stunning temples with friendly locals during ceremonies, workers in the pretty rice paddies with its endless shades of green, colourful sunsets at excellent beaches and Milky Way skies over its towering volcanos. More waterfalls than you can ever find, more beaches than you can swim at. Bali has it all, but experiences are often spoiled by the hordes of tourists. I was fortunate to experience it without and capture scenes in their most quiet and pristine during the lockdown. Much was closed and festivals and ceremonies largely canceled, but what was left was so much more intimate and peaceful.
I’m excited to finally see my Bali TimeSlice video come together after a decade of thinking about it. In 2017 I started experimenting with it as part of my TimeScapes project and found out it requires very long scenes with a nice transition of colours. Something I really had to shoot for and would require a lot of time to get enough clips for a short video. Fast forward to March 2020, I arrived in Bali, then the pandemic kicked it, lockdowns started, most left, but I decided to stay and capture Bali without all tourists and work on a timelapse project. 15 months and 750 timelapses later (yeah, didn’t plan that) I returned home broke, but with enough ammo for the project. Masks/slices were created in Illustrator, copied to After Effects, layers masked accordingly. Not too hard once I knew what I was doing, but altogether a lot was involved in pulling this project off. I hope you enjoy it.
Bali BlendScape is a timelapse video using StarStax to blend images and create startrails or, in my case, ‘cloudtrails’. I kind of blend time itself, turning a fraction of time into a blend of 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or even hours of real time. You no longer see the moment itself, it’s as if time has melted and no longer makes any sense, does it?! Haha, look, I’m just trying to do something different and love how StarStax can be used to create this dreamy reality and make a different looking timelapse.
Bali MirrorScape is my kaleidoscope approach to timelapse. By masking and flipping my compositions in After Effects, then animating it, I created these scenes. Add some Star Stax for blending and turning those clouds into soft abstract streaks. I admit Bali with its temples is an odd subject for this kind of effect, but that was the challenge of the project. A modern city would work much better, but that’s been done before.