Amsterdam - My Home
 

Amsterdam - My Home is a time-lapse film that I created over several years while living in the city. As a professional landscape photographer I travel around the world a lot but I always love to be back in The Netherlands. I created this time-lapse in the 'free' times I was home. Being able to quickly grab my bike made it easy to anticipate different weather and seasonal conditions to film. With this time-lapse film I wanted to create something special. Meaning spectacular slider movements, amazing weather conditions, seasonal (from winter to summer transitions) effects, there's even a lunar eclipse in it. On top of that I teamed up with professional sound designer Alexander Clements. I love his sound design work and he did an amazing job making this piece come 'alive'. I hope not only the Amsterdam locals will appreciate this film, but also the whole world. 

For licensing of 4k+ footage, please contact me at info@albertdros.com

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Technical information:

Duration to make: about 2 years

Footage Size: around 500 gb

Gear Used:

Sony A7RIV

Sony A7RIII

Sony A7III

iFootage Shark Mini Slider

Miops Trigger

Laowa 10-18mm full frame lens for a lot of extreme wide shots on the slider

Photoclam + Fotopro tripods

Benro Geared Head for moon shots

SunwayFoto Heads

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Fun Facts

  • Shooting was done over 2 years, and getting around with the sliders was 100% done by bike. I lived near the Artis Zoo and was able to get around very fast and easy by using the bike.

  • In winter 2018, I wasn’t able to shoot for 1 month straight because of bad weather conditions.

  • The slider shots were done with a small iFootage slider of only 50cm on 1 tripod. It sometimes looks they’re much bigger movements because I was often using a 10mm full frame lens and getting super close to foreground objects, like railings, bicycle bells etc. 

  • I probably spent more time in the field taking shots that failed than shots that actually succeeded. Planning the weather in the city is difficult, especially spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

  • I used less than half of the footage I shot in the final film. I actually have much more time lapses that are of similar production quality but I just couldn’t fit them in all.

  • The introduction shot was shot from the Hilton Skylounge. I went here over 10 times to get the conditions I wanted. On top of that I wanted to make photos and shoot time lapses during the NYE of 2019. I rented a suite for 800 euro for the night, but it was completely fogged up for the whole night so I had zero usable footage. I still had a good time celebrating the New Year with my girlfriend.

  • At 00:40 seconds into the film, there is a tilting shot that points up to the church where the moon is appearing. This moon is actually ‘fake’. I put it there using special effects and masking. Ofcourse it becomes real when the shot zooms in. The next shot is a realtime video of the moon shot at 600mm with 2x teleconverter and using crop mode on the camera, so an effective focal length of around 1700mm

  • The shot with the extremely crowded Amstel canal at 1:03 is in winter 2018. It’s so crowded because of the Amsterdam Light festival, that appears every year during winter times. The idea of the Amsterdam Light festival came from the tourist boat organisations to generate income in the more quiet winter months. As you can see, they succeeded.

  • The sequence at 2 minutes into the film shows a Lunar eclipse that was shot at January 2019. It goes from the full eclipse to slowly revealing the moon again. I was sitting at the docks in front of the Nemo museum. We were extremely lucky to see the full lunar eclipse because it’s often cloudy in the Netherlands. It was surreal to see the lunar eclipse reflecting in the clear and still waters. I sat there for about 4 hours in the early morning hours, from 4 AM in the morning. I was using 2 cameras to shoot both close ups and a wide frame. The 2 shots from 2:09 were actually not shot the same morning, but during another morning in February when there was the supermoon. They’re real time shots (as you can see from the birds and the plane) and no timelapses.

  • The shots with the grey weather you see from 2:20 is considered the typical weather in the Netherlands, mostly according to Dutch people: Grey and Rainy. 

  • At 2:30 we see the Utrechtse Straat in Christmas lights. I always find it the most beautiful street in the winter months they the street is beautifully decorated.

  • We’re in a tram at 2:34. This tram is not actually a ‘usual’ tram. It’s a super old tram that is part of a museum that you can check out here. They only drive during some Sundays and during some occasions like at the last days of the year. The man driving the tram at the time, mr. Carels showed great passion for the old trams and told me many interesting stories. He was so kind to let me stand next to him while driving a circle through the city. He did not see the footage ever, until the release of this film almost 2 years later after I recorded it. 

  • At 2:38 you see another man stepping out of the tram, operating the switch for the tracks outside manually. This is how they did it in the old days.

  • The part at 2:50 where the tram movement transitions into windows of houses consists of a bunch of photos I took from different windows that are animated in After Effects.

  • The part that comes after that has scenes from the Amsterdam Light Festival, That I told you about earlier. Every year, different artists make lighting artworks around the city.  Look closely at 2:58 and you’ll see a Van Gogh painting in lights!

  • The Ice skating track you see at 3:10 appears every winter at the museumplein. You see it transitioning to water with pots of tulips at 3:16. That’s the same as in reality: The ice track is at the exact same location as the tulips in winter.

  • The place you see at the Royal Palace at 3:20 is the tulip festival that opens every year. It marks the start of the tulip season. Every year, the Tulip Festival organisation put tulips around Amsterdam during April.

  • The scene at 3:24 on an almost empty Dam Square was shot during COVID-19. You’ll never see the Dam square as empty as this.

  • The season transitions from 4:05 took quite some planning. I marked a bunch of shots that I wanted to shoot through different seasons. I already had in mind that the making of this timelapse was going to be long and I wanted to do some special things, like the moon eclipse, and the season transitions. We almost never see snow in the city. If we’re lucky 1 or 2 days per year. I was super happy to have some snow in the film, even for just a few seconds.

  • If it wasn’t for COVID-19 that happened in 2020, I would’ve not finished the film for probably another year. Actually, I don’t know if it would ever have been finished. Having some spare time during the pandemic allowed me to finish this film.

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