Last September I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot for Hard Rock Cafe at their ‘Hard Rock rocks the square‘ event in Florence. Whilst I was there my main job was to shoot general views, cutaways and timelapses – basically to travel around the city as a tourist, shooting as I went! Please let me know what you think! All feedback appreciated.

This is a mini-film I’ve put together of the footage I shot, along with a few of my favourite timelapses thrown in. Hard Rock had specifically asked for some of the beauty shots to be shot with a tilt-shift effect which was awesome. I hired the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0 lens to achieve that, opting for the 17mm version (over Canon’s 24mm option) as I knew I’d be shooting a lot of wide landscape shots and towering architecture that would be a challenge to fit into my frame.

The whole thing was shot on the Canon 5D mark III with Canon lenses; TS-E 17mm f/4.0, the 24-70mm f/2.8, the 70-200 f/4 L USM, and the 50mm f/1.4.

Florence Italy

Time-Lapse Videos

I’ll soon be attempting to shoot timelapse videos with my 60D and one of the reasons is that I’ve been inspired by timelapse videos by the likes of Philip Bloom. However, I think I’ve stumbled upon the best I’ve ever seen by a guy called MindRelic. This is absolutely stunning and so inspirational for those of us thinking of trying our hand at timelapse videos.

Mind you, Philip Bloom’s 24 Hours of Neon is top-notch too: