Shibuya Flow

Shibuya Flow

I made another time lapse today: Shibuya Flow…I hope you enjoy.

(The video ends at 2:06 seconds and the music continues for a few more)

Music: Loui by Ronald Jenkees.

Time Lapse videos are actually very easy to make.   I had a few people ask me how I made it so I will share how I did it.  I still have a lot to learn but here is the approach I took:

I shot this with my Canon 5DMKII with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a Manfrotto Tripod. I release the shutter with a Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 acting as my interval-meter. The time lapse is comprised of 1,875 photographs shot at 2 second intervals. I set my camera on manual mode, 1/30 of a second shutter speed, ISO400 and at various apertures between f/4.5 and f/8 for a proper exposure.   For me the main thing was to have 1/30 of a second as the shutter speed so there is a slight blur in the subjects as this makes the video flow smoothly.  Once you have your files, you can simply compile them in an application like QuickTime Pro.

When you make these you have a lot of free time…so I snapped a few shots with my Leica M9…

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

If you like what you saw today, please share it by clicking one of the links below.   Thanks and see you tomorrow!



  1. Yeah, I love this one too.

    I like Shibuya, but how about one around Yodobashi at night with the guys hawking their wares and the neon and the people people people…

    I am a Shinjuku fan. Maybe because it was the first and main place we stayed in Tokyo, the Keio Plaza. Now we’re at the Cerulean Towers in Shibuya.

    Anyway, thank you. This is fun!!

    I have the 5D MkII, have the Manfrotto… halfway there! Want to see palms blowing? :-)

  2. Oh… did you shoot in jpeg? RAW? How many memory cards? I know you like the 8GB ones…

  3. good stuff. i really dig ronald jenkees so it’s good to know that more people also dig him. i like the picture of your camera taking a picture.

  4. also, what’s on your hotshoe?

  5. Josh – Thanks… In the hot shoe is a level. It is very helpful when doing tripod shots, especially if the ground might not be level where you are.

  6. I shot small JPEG for this… so it wasn’t too much data.

  7. I think Shinjuku coming to life at night would be interesting…. I’ll need to try that one.

  8. very moving video, inspirational as usual

  9. Excelent – Riviting

  10. Thanks Jamaipanese.


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