New time-lapse video captures movement of people and machines in Cincinnati

Friend of UrbanCincy and regular URBANexchange attendee, Andrew Stahlke, has produced a new time-lapse video of Cincinnati.

The video showcases construction work at the $400 million Horseshoe Casino, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Eden Park Overlook, boats on the Ohio River, circus training at Burnett Woods, freight activity at the Queensgate Railyards, construction of the new $66.5 million Waldvogel Viaduct, fans at Great American Ball Park, and many other scenes from around Cincinnati.

Stahlke is currently enrolled in the Masters of Community Planning program at the University of Cincinnati, and originally studied civil engineering at Case Western University.

The video, entitled Paths and Nodes: Cincinnati, attempts to capture the life of the city as people and machines move about, and was shot in early fall 2012. It is a nearly three minutes in length, and features music from Little People.

  • The video itself, awesome! I mean Andrew’s my roommate for cryin’ out loud! I’ve enjoyed seeing explore his talent in capturing movement and activity in cities. He’s really developing a talent there! My only critique is not in the video it’s self, but what the content of the video portrays. Cincinnati is a mid-sized city that “bet the farm” on suburbanization much like the vast majority of other American cities and unfortunately we are still beholden to that paradigm. 90% of the video shows the movement of automobiles through the city rather than much of any interaction WITH the city itself. While it makes for an awesome looking time-lapse video, it screams out for that Cincinnati and American culture in general has a long way to go in waning ourselves off of the automobile, and the fossil-fuels that accompany them, an towards a more human or transit powered and therefore more sustainable transportation system.

    • Very interesting thoughts, David. I tend to agree with what you’re saying with regards to how Cincinnati and many other cities are beholden to the automobile.

      If a video were to be made that focused more so on pedestrian movement, which I think is what you’re advocating, then I think tilt-shift may be a more appropriate style than time-lapse. I’m no videographer, but I suspect this is because of the slower movement of people over shorter distances. Time-lapse seems to capture faster movements over larger distances well, while the former goes to tilt-shift.

      Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, Andrew. If you’re out there reading this…

    • Regarding the City of Cincinnati, I also tend to agree with David. I consider the video to be a fairly accurate portrait in that way. It does have a certain coldness to it, for those lovers of cozy walkable urban spaces (of which I am one!)

      Bottom line, I went with the most beautiful images of the city that I could find, with a particular focus on transportation. I did intend to include more pedestrian traffic, but most of the pedestrian/Segway scenes I captured just didn’t turn out as cool as I would have liked. I didn’t find the large dynamic crowds I had hoped for. Not that they don’t exist downtown or at Washington Park, for example, but my timing was hit-or-miss. Cars make for a good time-lapse because there are just so many of them, and they just keep coming, consistently! And at night, of course car lights make those neat glowing rivers that flow among bright skyscrapers.
      I actually think tilt-shift is a cool and effective technique for both people and cars (slower moving, less blurred objects, as Randy said), but I don’t have the money for that lens just yet…
      All that being said, I am already thinking about how and where to capture Cincinnati pedestrians/people in interesting ways for the next time.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Me sitting on the deck smoking a cigar at 1:50 is a cool touch!

  • John

    I think the amount of time each location is shown could be reduced to give it a faster pace feel.