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Time-Lapse Photography Video Paints The City of Angels with Light

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When you think of Los Angeles what comes to mind? For most of us it's the Hollywood sign, the celebrities, and the traffic. It's a fast-moving city, where often people may find it hard to stop and take in the beautiful scenery of the beaches, the rolling hills, and the lush greenery that lines the streets. That's where filmmaker Colin Rich comes in.

In his latest video titled, "Nightfall," Rich uses time-lapse photography to capture the lights and action of the city of angels. Car headlights streak through the frame, as the sun rises and sets in a matter of seconds and skyscrapers go from light to dark. Rich said he wanted to capture as many vantage points as he could. "L.A. is an expansive city, so shooting it from many different angles was critical," he said.

"Nightfall" is a sequel to Rich's previous effort, "LA Light," which he described as "the electric radiance of Los Angeles at night." In order to capture the unique angles of downtown, Rich filmed from the Sixth Street Bridge, climbed fire escapes on apartment buildings, and even stayed in a special room at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel. Rich calls time-lapse photography a labor of love and a study in patience.

So far, "Nightfall" has drawn a lot of fans. One commenter wrote, "This piece has a lot of creativity and energy." Another person added, "Shots are awesome, but your editing style really makes the whole thing sizzle." Rich said of his idea for the piece, "I wanted this to be a tour de force. I wanted the camera to feel like it's pulling you through the city, and channeling that energy transfer of day to night."

The result of his innovative imagery may just change those cliched pictures that come to mind about L.A. -- and have more people envisioning a city of light or at least a softer side of LA.

NightFall from Colin Rich on Vimeo.

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