As part of an ongoing commission to document the construction of the Brighton i360 I’ve been shooting a long term time-lapse of its building site. I’ve set up a camera that has been taking a picture every 10 minutes from the start in July 2014 to February 2015. It’s now shot over 25,000 images. The edit I’ve made excludes weekends, holidays and nights, although I’ve included three nights when they were working 24 hours a day to divert a sewer.
Unfortunately, due to technical reasons the camera had to be moved from Sussex Heights to the Hilton hotel’s roof. The time-lapse has not been without its challenges, I collect frames every month so if something goes wrong it can take a little while for it to be picked up. Unfortunately the right hand side of the frame was obscured by the camera’s waterproof cover when it was shifted by a particularly strong storm in January and that’s why the shot slowly pans and zooms at the 2 minute mark.
The kit I’ve used is pretty simple and is based on an entry level consumer DSLR. My full list of equipment is mostly based on a recommendation from architectural photographer Jim Stephenson. At some point in the future I will written a tutorial on how to set up a long term weatherproof time-lapse. If you want to see more of what I’ve been shooting for the Brighton i360 take a look at my Holland factory photos in this blog post to see the actual tower.