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Places in Time: Chicago, continued

Places in Time: Chicago is about to surpass 30,000 total views in the last 3 days. Thank you to everyone for all the support!


The video has been linked on a number of sites and blogs, large and small, but I’m especially encouraged and surprised to see that the majority of the views are coming from thousands of individual shares and tweets on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. It’s easy to accumulate tons of views if you can get linked at huge sites, but making something successful through organic individual sharing requires something more powerful. I’m thankful for all of the messages and comments and am so glad to have been able to share my love for the city with Chicagoans, former Chicagoans, and the rest of the world. I’m really happy that the piece resonates with all manners of Chicagoans – that is the ultimate compliment.


The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the only criticisms I’ve seen are regarding the lack of inclusion of some of the city’s many neighborhoods, where a lot of its real character lies. In this piece, I focused on downtown not because I wanted to only highlight the superficial touristy surface of the city, but because it was my home during most of my time living in Chicago. To me, it was my local neighborhood, and I wanted to show some of what I observed on an average day. With that said, I have plans for a more in-depth Chicago project in the future that will highlight more of the city, its character, and its diversity.


I’m now prepping for a busy travel schedule that will keep me away from home for most of the next 3+ weeks, so I’ll be getting a lot quieter on here, but please feel free to send me any questions or comments and I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.


Thank you again for all the support – I greatly appreciate it!



A few of the links to the video that I’ve found across the web:




  • Tom Raehl

    12.05.2012 at 17:18 Reply

    I have good memories of riding the L train during December when downtown was all decorated for Christmas. Lots of snow slowed down the buses and trains going West, so hiking was faster than riding a bus at the other end of the train ride.

  • whateverems

    11.07.2012 at 03:44 Reply

    Chris it’s an amazing video, and I hope you just take all of the views as encouragement to do more. Chicago needs you here again, and other cities I’m sure would love to star in one of your pieces. (New York/Boston/Philly/New Orleans) just to name a few. =)

  • Richard Mangan

    01.11.2012 at 07:30 Reply

    Hello Chris,

    Beautiful work! I am an old timelapser myself, although pretty much retired, now as I near age 70. I used to shoot in 16mm and 35mm, but the new digital technology truly impresses me. Did you shoot in 4K, and/or with a DSLR perhaps? I love the slow tracking and zoom shots, something I tried to accomplish with jerry-rigged equipment way back when, with mixed results. Keep up the good work!


    • chrisp

      02.11.2012 at 14:45 Reply

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you! This was all shot with DSLR’s and is comprised of RAW still frames that are >5K in native resolution. Some of the tracking (and all of the zooms) are done in post since there is so much resolution to work with, and others are done with motion control equipment. There are a lot of great motion control products for timelapse that have sprang up over the last handful of years that has opened up a lot of amazing possibilities!

      Thanks again!


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