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Feeling Compressed into a Time-Lapse Movie

It’s been twelve weeks… already.

Social distancing. Sheltering at home. Not spending time with family and friends. Zoom fatigue. Can you believe it?

Life is certainly different. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you. Thankfully, my family and I are staying healthy.

That said, one negative effect of this COVID-19 altered reality has been something of a surprise to me. I thought time would start to slow down due to all the restrictions and seclusion. In fact, the opposite has occurred. It feels like time has been speeding up.

The weeks have been flying by. Suddenly, it’s an entirely different season! Of course, we cognitively understand that. But our experience of time has been necessarily shifted, and I think our bodies are still catching up.

As a result, my little world is starting to feel like an extended time-lapse shot. A compression of sorts. Maybe it’s simply due to the repetition of fewer ‘permitted’ activities. 

What exactly am I talking about?

Well, I edited together this 30-second video with some of my recent time-lapse shots to try to capture this sensation.

So yes, I suppose I’m feeling a little ‘compressed.’ But considering everything else that’s happening during this disruptive time, I’m not complaining.

Instead, let’s simply say I wanted to share a few time-lapse shots from my
DJI Osmo Pocket and leave it at that.
(Hope you like my video!)

How Sheltering at Home Helped Me to Find Spring

So, this is a story that boils down to simply opening your eyes and paying attention to your surroundings. But sometimes it takes a pandemic to help you reshuffle your priorities…

It’s important to look for bright spots as we travel through this COVID-19 alternate reality.

For me, one of the few upsides has been the opportunity to pay more attention to the wonders of the early days of springtime, when nature starts to kick it into high gear. Those wonderful buds suddenly appear and the colors begin to pop. Before you know it, there are flowers everywhere.

But it happens so quickly. During every other year I can remember, I never paid enough attention to it all. I was too busy moving and driving and focused elsewhere. And then the renewal would be gone. The greens not so bright. The tree blossoms all gone. Till the following year.

Well, 2020, of course, has been different. Social distancing and sheltering at home provided the perfect opportunity for me to simply look out the window and actually see spring taking hold.

And I’m also happy to report that I took advantage of the early morning hours over the past weeks to get out and capture a few video time-lapses and nature b-roll with my DJI Osmo Pocket camera.

Yes, I tracked the early spring that I discovered all around me and then edited the imagery together in under a minute. My little video project made me smile. Perhaps it will do the same for you. Please take a look.

This year, I didn’t miss spring.
And I am glad.

I pledge not to forget this practice next year, when I hope life has returned to normal for all of us.

Bending Reality in the Name of Authentic Video Storytelling

I’ve been on a year-long journey at work to replace the use of stock video b-roll with more authentic imagery of people in our video storytelling projects. And my team has been experimenting with a ‘radical’ idea that’s entirely counterintuitive.

But I’ve found it has its place as a strategy to consider and does a lot more that simply bend reality…

If you wouldn’t mind making the extra click, please read my story
here in this LinkedIn article I’ve published.


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