The above video was created by photographer Chris Biela. He shot over 65,000 still shots and spent many hours in post-processing to create this impressive timelapse of Chicago. About the project he says, “someone asked me if I’m not scared to shoot pictures at night. Now I can say it was a little scary in some places, but overall Windy City is surrounded by helpful and kind people so, I did not run in to any problems. The biggest challenge wasn’t freezing weather, snow, rain or super hot summer. Managing time between family and full time job is hard task and sometimes I feel like I loose something. The journey has not been easy but the sacrifice paid off and I’m very proud of the final outcome.”

This is the gear and software he used:

Canon 5D Mark III. Manfrotto tripods. Edited in Sony Movie Studio 13, Lightroom 5, After Effects. Day to Night sequences done with Promote Control.


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM