And here it is, I’ve reached the half of the project! Since I’ve got some summer projects now, it’s getting harder and harder to prepare everything for the project, but I won’t give up ๐Ÿ˜‰ This week I’ve got something from the beautiful lake I visited last week for a small vacation. It was shot with just a tripod ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out the shot and then read my small explanation.

For some reason I really enjoy shooting boats. For this shot I wanted to start with a view on one castle and end up with the second castle with a smooth transition by following the boat. To make it more interesting I changed the focal lenght of the lens during the shot. I used my Panasonic GH4 with a native 14-140 lens to get a nice ‘zoom’. Of course I didn’t use any motorized head, it was shot with just a tripod with a video head. I manually followed the boat moving the camera with intervalometer turned on ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end of the shot you can see that the field of view becomes wider. It’s not a post production zoom (it would be possible to do it like this), but an in-camera effect ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve got to manually rotate the focal length ring on the lens. People always ask me how much to rotate it. The answer is: as little as possible. The effect depends on the lens you have, but if you follow my guides it should look good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post Production

Of course, the footage needs ย some stabilization. In this shot I combined two different methods of stabilization for different parts. For the boat I recommend to use Stabilize motion in After Effects.ย You’ve got to track some point on the boat, pretty much any. ย The zooming part won’t work with that, the Warp Stabilizer works best here. ย Usually with deafult settings ๐Ÿ˜‰ After the stabilization you have to adjust the parts, where the shots join toghether. Adjust just position of one or both clips and it should be fine ๐Ÿ˜‰

These kind of shots can be interesing for any kind of project. It’s good to test it by yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Share the results on my Facebook group:ย

See you next week!



  1. dan webski Reply

    Hi Tomek. I saw a few months ago

    imho one of best hyperlaps movie on YT. It’s some kind of similar technics like a zooming and panoraming and post stabilisation?

    dan webski

    • Tomasz Reply

      Yep, it’s Rob Whitworth video and his work is always stunning ๐Ÿ™‚ in fact his video Barcelona Go was my inspiration to explore the flow motion technique ๐Ÿ˜‰

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