Trilogy Of Light Series Finale Released | "City Lights"

This is the third and final chapter from Colin Rich's series "Trilogy of Lights" and is one of the most epic time lapse series I've ever seen. The first two chapters are posted below so watch them in order if you haven't seen the first two.


This three part series explores almost every part of LA and shows the city from an interesting perspective. As someone who just recently started doing time lapses, I know the extreme amount of patience and planning that this must have taken, especially in post. While sometimes frustrating, shooting time lapses really does take you on an adventure through the city to find interesting perspectives on moving light, textures, and moving subjects. It's almost therapeutic to sit patiently and watch a living breathing city that never stops moving. This is also a great exercise to find new shoot locations for subjects as well.  Colin does an amazing job pairing music and sound effects with the stunning visuals he's captured. Not to mention the post production is flawless. Here is his website if you would like to explore more about the project.

Chapter 1: "L.A Light:

Chapter 2: "Nightfall"


On "City Lights," from Colin on Vimeo:

'City Lights' is the final chapter from my "Trilogy of Light" series that began a couple years ago with 'LA Light' and then followed up with 'Nightfall'. It was an nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles. It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is. A visualization of sonder. It was a daily jaunt to watch the arterial freeway systems pump car cells through its body and channel them to the capillaric avenues that are our neighborhoods and homes. It was a chance to break away from the 70mph freeway perspective and to observe the sun slip from view and watch the electric dance of nightfall begin. It was challenging. It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. Sometimes it hurt. I was chased. Yelled at. Warned. But the overall context of things learned, people met, things seen, and places discovered over the past three years shaped who I am today. I didn't always love Los Angeles but I learned to and discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen.

Colin is also offering a limited series of high quality Kodak Endura VC metallic prints based on each series of shots. If you are interested in purchasing them, please email him at with the shot (timecode).

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super nice. thanks for sharing

No problemo!


Once of the best I have seen. Everything just works so well together. This is what it is all about.

Absolutely stunning. Such phenomenal effort can lead to such beautiful things.