Snowfall in Bath

The snow began to fall in the late afternoon of Thursday 31st January 2019. The following morning, February began with roughly 8 inches of fresh powder covering the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. 

I grabbed my Canon 1DX Mark II and wrapped up my 70-200mm lens with a plastic cover and headed out into the blizzard-like conditions to capture people braving the winter chill to either get to work or to simply enjoy the snow.

The Canon 1DX Mark II is renowned for its leading autofocus. However, it was snowing so much that the autofocus struggled at times, despite dual-pixel AF!

The following morning, conditions were perfect for a quick flight with my DJI Mavic Pro drone - shot using an ND4 Polar Pro filter.

That’s all for now. Fingers crossed we get some more snow this winter!

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Sam Gillespie is a photographer and filmmaker based in Bath, UK. Sam is also a fully insured, CAA-approved PfCO drone pilot.

A 4K Time-lapse Exploration of Bath by Sam Gillespie

Captured over 3 months, and comprising of over 14,000 individual images, this time-lapse film showcases just a few of Bath’s stunning locations.

I set out on this project to document the ebb and flow of the city of Bath, where I have lived on and off for the past decade, as it transitions through Autumn and into winter. This is one of my favourite times of year, when the shadows get longer, the days get shorter, and the sunny days become few and far between.

Below are several screenshots from the time-lapse film.

To capture all the required sequences for this film, I lugged my heavy camera gear around Bath on close to 30 different occasions. In doing so, I’ve discovered that weather apps cannot be trusted! Some of the best weather was had when all my weather apps were forecasting rain or heavy clouds and some of the worst light conditions were when clear blue skies were forecasted. Ahead of sunrise shoots, I will now just put my head out of the window before either heading out, or going back to bed. Below are some behind-the-scenes photos you may have seen on my Instagram stories. 

Full list of equipment below.

Below is a list of all the equipment used in the creation of this time-lapse film, with Amazon links in case you were interested in buying any item for yourself. These are affiliate links which means I receive a very small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. As a creator, this forms part of my income and helps fund future creative projects.

Canon 1DX Mark II -

Such a beast of a camera. This camera can not only shoot up to 16 frames per second, but can also shoot buttery smooth 120fps slow-motion, 4K at 60fps and also has huge batteries which are perfect for long time-lapse exposures.

Canon 5D Mark III -

I’ve had this camera for over 5 years and it’s still going strong. This is such a great camera for time-lapse and it’s much lighter to use on my Rhino slider than the Canon 1DX Mark II.

Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L USM II -

My go-to lens. This lens is pin-sharp throughout the whole zoom range, and allows me to go wide at 24mm when coupled with a full-frame camera and telephoto at 70mm for a tighter crop.

Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L USM -

A beast of a lens, I love the compression you can get using this lens.

Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer Time-lapse remote -

This time-lapse remote is essential for time-lapse photography, allowing me to choose the interval at which the camera is triggered.

Rhino Motorised Slider -

This motorised slider system, which has Rhino 42” Lightweight Carbon Fibre Rails, enables me to move the camera during a time-lapse sequence to add a sense of motion to the time-lapse.

Various Gitzo Tripods -

These tripods cost a column and three legs but are perhaps the most dependable tripods on the market. I’d take a second hand Gitzo tripod over a brand new tripod of another brand any day.

Software used

Adobe Lightroom CC 2019

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019

Adobe After Effects CC 2019

LRTimelapse 5 CC 2019

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