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Video: Timelapse Shows The Dynamic Colors And Moods of L.A.

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Some may say that we lack seasons. But L.A. still moves with the ebb and flow of time. Our streets, while sometimes deserted at midnight, become glutted with traffic during the mornings and the early evenings. The LED streetlamps blink awake during sunset, as do our towering skyscrapers. Our structures, from the 4th Street bridge to the obelisk at the Griffith Observatory, cast roving shadows as the sun moves overhead. And our sky turns from an icy blue to the fiery blaze of orange as the afternoon progresses.

Cinematographer Mason Thibo, a native of West Hills, is well aware of this passing of time in L.A., and he set out to capture it. The timelapse video takes us across the spread of L.A., from the skyline of downtown, to the concrete channels that cut through Boyle Heights, to the candy-colored ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. Put together, the video reminds us how pretty and mercurial our city can be.

Thibo told LAist that, while there are other timelapse videos of L.A. available, he wanted to do something that took a different route. "A lot of timelapse videos are full of electronic music and high energy shots, I wanted to slow things down a bit, get a bit wider, and simplify composition and movement to show off L.A.'s amazing sunrises and sunsets," said Thibo. He said that some of the shots were taken as early as a year ago, so this project had been in the works for some time.