If you follow me on the old Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed that I have been spending a lot of time at the Tower of London. There has been a lot of positive and negative media around what is happening there and I wanted to give my take on what should be a respectful place.
I’ve spent some of my spare time at the Tower of London looking out onto the breathtaking poppy display laid out in the moat, to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. These poppies, all 888246, represent a British or British Colonial death during the conflict. This wondrous display really puts into perspective the brutality of the conflict when you can see "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" by ceramic artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. You have to take a moment, step back, appreciate and admire the display. Each of these poppies has been sold for £25, with some of the proceeds going to six service charities. Armistice Day, on 11th November, should mark the end of the installation but it will now run until the end of November, when all 888,246 poppies will be taken down.
For some unknown reason I took a day off work during the half term to try and spend a full day there. I had spent the week before glued to the weather reports to find the best day and true to London's style it was one of the worse to go up. The weather turned out to be relatively ok, but I hadn't taken into account the masses of tourists flocking to see the art piece during the school holidays. I luckily had my Gorilla Pod with me allowing me to sneak in a few cheeky scenes before giving up and having the rest of the day to edit some of it.
For those of you who'd like to know the technical specs... the timelapse is made from 7120 still RAW files( Yes that's a lot of hard drive space). They were edited using Adobe Lightroom along with LRTimelapse to help with most of the sunset sequences. Finally it was all put together in Adobe After Effects and then edited using Final Cut Pro X.
I used a Timelapse app on the Sony A7 along with the amazing Triggertrap to help with the shooting. That made it so much easier when setting the whole thing up.
Now sit back and watch it in full 4k. Just make sure you crank up your YouTube settings.