My decision to start developing a YouTube channel came along with a solution to a major dilemma I had. Many of those following me know that, in addition to photography and cacti, I have another activity that I enjoy very much: cycling.
I’ve cycled extensively in a wide range of conditions and on myriad of routes. Cycling allows an intimate connection with the places you pass through. You’re not enclosed in a car: you are attuned to the full spectrum of sounds and scents, and you can feel the temperature. At the same time, it’s slightly faster than walking. Unfortunately, combining cycling with capturing the “soul” of places via photography, didn’t work well for me, until recently. Every now and then, I had to stop and take out the bulky camera, way too heavy for lightweight travel. This whole process required interrupting my pedalling, and I was used to riding as continuously as possible. However, the places I passed through and the way I perceived them were often extraordinary, and I have always wanted to share that experience with others.
When I started my YouTube channel, I had in my hands a solution to show films to an interested audience. However, making videos while cycling proved somewhat more challenging than taking still photos. With the new technology and the miniaturisation of cameras, things changed. Action cameras (GoPro) and their versatile mounting methods, as well as the use of mobile phones, made things much more manageable and easier to integrate into the regular rhythm of cycling. Yet, the only remaining problem was different: one of my bike tours would last sometime between 2 hours to half a day in some cases. I wanted to to present my entire journey, not to create a film of stitched frames from here and there. Recording the entire route in real time would result in extremely long and hard-to-follow videos for those interested. So, something had to be done to maintain the integrity of the route and shorten the recording.
The solution lies in a photography technique that has fascinated me for a long time: timelapse. Timelapse is a technique where images are recorded at specific time intervals (seconds, minutes), and then these images are played back as a very short film, providing a rapid presentation of a long period of time. For example, you can present an hour of footage in 15 seconds.
In the case of a camera in motion during recording, a timelapse becomes a hyperlapse, as it adds another point-of-view dimension. Using hyperlapse, you can quickly present a long route that the recording camera travels. Then, in post-editing, the speed at which the recorded frames are played back drives the creation of a fascinating film with various attractive effects.
Therefore, hyperlapse was the technique I had to use for my bicycle tours. And because the camera was mounted in various places on the bike or on me, a specific term was needed. That’s how the idea of ‘cyclelapse’ came about: a hyperlapse made from a bicycle. The term has existed for some time, I am not its creator. However, the internet is lacking detailed info about how a proper cyclelapse is made.
That’s why I wanted to create a gallery of such videos on my YouTube channel, where I’ll try to explore and develop this type of visual storytelling.
The Provisualstock channel is not exclusively dedicated to this subject.
Cyclelapses are just a part of it. If it turns out to be a topic of interest to many, it may evolve into a separate channel. otherwise, it will remain a component of the main Provisualstock channel.
In the upcoming articles, I will write here on the blog about how I made these films, how I developed the techniques and concepts. The films can be viewed in the dedicated gallery on the channel.
Stay tuned to the blog for an insider view into the creation of this gallery.