Hyperlapse and time-lapse videos generally show urban or natural landscapes but this flow motion featuring iconic predators in Botswana is very unique.
The work of New York-based photographer Tyler Fairbank offers a refreshing point of view of the African wildlife. He created the video over eight days with two complementary cameras. The Canon 1D X Mark II allowed him to shoot very fast handheld hyperlapse thanks to the 16 fps burst speed of this high-end sport camera. On the other hand, the Canon 5DS R was used to produce the extreme close up shots and the 8.6K resolution gave him a lot of room in post to digitally zoom inside the image. These cameras were coupled with a wide-angle Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II lens, a long Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 telephoto, and the ever versatile Canon 24-105mm f/4 optic.
Fairbank explained to Fstoppers:
Most shots were captured handheld from the safari car or boat. My Manfrotto super clamp came in very handy as I was able to leave a wide time-lapse shooting while getting close up shots handheld. The only time a tripod was used was when it was safe to step off the vehicle. Many shots were captured in bursts which is where the Canon 1D X Mark II shines. It can be quite loud however when shooting dozens of shots at 16 fps, and there were a lot of instances I had to hold off shooting to not disturb the wildlife.
Overall, the photographer was able to render 300 time-lapse clips out of the 38,000 images captured during the safari. However, “there's a ton of footage that didn't make the cut and I'll be sharing some shots on my Instagram over the next few weeks,” Fairbank said. Producing this type of flow motion video is extremely time-consuming. The editing phase was very long “with heavy stabilization, lots of deflicker, rotoscoping, bird removal. LRTimelapse and Lightroom was used for every sequence and the majority of the shots have been manually stabilized frame-by-frame in After Effects in order to make the transitions possible.”
All images used with permission.