I always love good time-lapse. I’m also a big fan of HDR.  What’s even cooler though is when the photographer combines time-lapse with HDR toning to really make their images. pop!  Have a look at some great shots.

Drew Geraci is the photographer on this piece.  He has worked as the lead multimedia producer for The Washington Times as well as the owner of District 7 Media, LLC. He also servers in the U.S. Navy as a photographer’s mate.

He took this experience and landed the title sequence for House of Cards published by Netflix.

This piece is all about DC at dusk and night — concentrating on the monuments and historical buildings on the mall. During the making of this time-lapse, I was hassled/stopped 27 times by DC police and received 5 parking tickets. That’s pretty much how it goes in DC.

With help from my buddy Drew Breese, Russ Scalf, and a few unnamed sources we were able to complete this production… even if it was slightly behind schedule. It took nearly 3 months to film the sunsets — since DC weather isn’t always the best.

For the production, I used a combination of standard frames, tone-mapping, and traditional HDR (on a few shots). It’s quite the mixture.

I hope you enjoy this piece and DC just as much as I do.

Shot on:

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II
  • Dynamic Perception Stage Zero


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  1. […] Washington, DC at Night (Time-lapse + HDR Toning). […]

  2. […] out these websites for some other examples of work that explores time:  Time Lapse in print, Time Lapse Video of Washington DC, Hyperlapse Video of London and a Time Lapse of the Wyoming […]


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.


Cinematography, HDR, Lighting, Photography, Shooting, Shooting, Timelapse