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Sydney Harbour Time Lapse Comparisons: iPhone 6 vs. TimeLapse App vs. Hyperlapse

Photo Feb 27, 7 58 39 AM

Rainy morning in Sydney

On my recent trip to Sydney, my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney had a killer view of the iconic Sydney Opera House. I’ve shot some of my favorite time lapse videos here. The backdrop is especially stunning at sunrise, when the harbour come to life and starts buzzing with activity.

Since I knew I was going to be in this spot for a while, I decided to compare a few different #shotoniPhone6 time lapse options. I shot videos using my iPhone 6’s native camera time-lapse function, another using the TimeLapse app, and the third I made with the Hyperlapse app.

First up, the iPhone 6 Native Camera’s Time-Lapse feature: The iPhone’s built in time-lapse function:

I am happy with the  results I got using iPhone 6’s built-in Time Lapse function. The pacing works well for the clouds and rain and the traffic on the harbour. The downside: there is only one time lapse setting. So the results might not be as idea for different shooting situations like capturing crowds or night traffic.

Next, I tried shooting a sunrise time lapse using the paid version of TimeLapse app‘s Sunrise/sunset preset feature:

Morning Sunrise time lapse from my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

I’m really happy with the resulting time lapse video and love that the app offers presets for different shooting situations. I think if you’re going to shoot time-lapse videos in a variety of different scenarios, this app is well worth the $4.99 as an additional tool for serious shooters.

Next, I shot a bit later in the day using the Hyperlapse app from Instagram. What Hyperlapse has going for it is image stabilization. It’s probably your best option when shooting a time lapse video handheld, if you don’t have a tripod or mount handy.

Sydney Harbour Hyperlapse

I think the resulting hyperlapse video is fun, but not substantial because the app’s default resolution is too low for my liking. Turns out there are “secret settings” you can unlock in Hyperlapse which are shown in this YouTube video.

My issue is that the secret settings are tricky to access, especially if you have cold fingers. But accessing them allows you to unlock an expanded range of options including higher resolution and more speeds. While I currently think Hyperlapse is your best option for handheld time lapse videos, and I’ll have to review my thoughts on as a serious tool for time lapse options after I use it with the unlocked range of functions, and the higher 1080 pixel resolution.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia2000

Tel: +61 2 9256 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

Email: sydney.park@hyatt.com

 

 

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Time-Lapse Video of the Sydney Opera House at Sunset

A View of the Sydney Opera House from Room 114 at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

A View of the Sydney Opera House from my Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

There are some views I will never get bored of and looking at the Sydney’s iconic Opera House is one of them.

This is my view from my Opera House Deluxe room at the Park Hyatt Sydney, which I think is the best located city hotel in the world. I’m lucky to staying here for a few days this week. It’s a view that can be appreciated even through the foggiest of jet lag.

I’ve stayed at this property quite a few times but this is my first time back since it was completely renovated in 2011. Honestly, I didn’t think the hotel needed much of renovation, but after seeing the new property I’ve been blown away. The improvements are sublime. I will know  (and share) more after I get the proper hotel tour later during my stay..

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

What I do know is that the view of The Sydney Opera house is gorgeous day and night– perhaps that’s why I’ve seen no fewer than 3 wedding couples take photos in front of it and a even a full-blown magazine photo shoot happen right out side my window.

I hope you enjoy this  time-lapse video I made of the Sydney Opera House at sunset using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 5.

Sydney Opera House Time Lapse at Sunset

View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Another View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

The view in the other direction isn’t too bad either. Stay tuned for more posts about this amazing property.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Tel: +61 2 9256 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555

Email: sydney.park@hyatt.com

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#FriFotos: Sydney Harbour in Pictures

Mobile photography autostitch panorama of Sydney Harbor shot from suite 2515 of the Four Seasons Sydney.

Of all the Harbors (or Harbours) in the world, it’s Sydney Harbour I love the most. It’s got the architectural gem the iconic Sydney Opera House (take the tour, it’s fascinating), which always reminds you where you are.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is one of the best run tourist attractions I’ve come across. It’s so well done, it’s one of my top “things to do in Sydney.”

You can take the nearby ferries from Circular Quay to the fantastic Taronga Zoo (where the Giraffes have million dollar views) or Luna Park amusement park which occasional hosts concerts by bands like Tenacious D and Kylie Minogue in addition to having all the usual rides and games.

 Ferry from Luna Park Sydney

Ferry from Luna Park Sydney

 Harbour Bridge Shot With My Diana

Harbour Bridge Shot With My Diana

I shot this image of the Sydney Opera House with my Diana camera from a ferry in Sydney Harbour

I shot this image of the Sydney Opera House with my Diana camera from a ferry in Sydney Harbor

Yacht with Opera House

 Dancers at Luna Park in Sydney

Dancers at Luna Park in Sydney

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Viewing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (mobile photography, hipstamatic)

Sydney’s magnificent opera building sits in Sydney Harbour. I took this shot using hipstamatic while taking a ferry back from Luna Park Sydney

Cities on the water have a certain charm, and because I’m so fond of the views of circular quay and the Opera House. During my last visit, I stayed at the top notch Four Seasons Sydney, where I got some of these amazing pictures of pink dawn from suite 2512. I also had a massage at the Four Seasons spa which was so relaxing, I actually  fell asleep.

 Sydney Harbour from my Suite at the Four Seasons

Sydney Harbour, a picture from my Suite at the Four Seasons

Morning View of the Harbour Bridge

Morning View of the Harbour Bridge

Rain doesn’t ruin the view– it just makes Sydney’s Harbour more interesting. I shot both these mobile photography images with my iPhone 4s.

Tiny Sydney Opera House

Tiny Sydney Opera House (mobile photography image, after a glass of Australian Syrah)

Horbour Bridge View

Harbor Bridge View in the rain

And while Sydney Harbour is always spectacular, it is most magical on New Year’s Eve. Check out the fireworks from a NYE I spent on the roof of the Park Hyatt Sydney.

 Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Eve

Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve

On New Year's Eve, Fireworks over Sydney Harbour are incredible.

On New Year’s Eve, Fireworks over Sydney Harbour are incredible. You get the best views of them from the recently renovated Park Hyatt Sydney and the fantastic Four Seasons Sydney.

 


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