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Paris Traffic Timelapse

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One of the most famous boulevards in the world, the Champs Elysees in Paris, certainly lives up to its reputation.

By day you can stroll from the Jardin des Tuileries along its length up to the Arc de Triomphe, mixing with the rich and famous (I didn't see any), but by night the action is just as frenetic on the road and around the racetrack that is La Place de Charles de Gaulle roundabout that surrounds the Arc itself.

To make this video I spent just under an hour in the middle of the night standing on a traffic island in the centre of the Champs Elysees as cars, vans, coaches, and a mobile disco bus swirled past me in a mad dance, first facing east along the length of the Champs, and then facing west looking at the Arc de Triomphe.

It was a crazy hour, and the video conveys some of the frantic traffic action at this renowned location.

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Video data

Filename - paris traffic timelapse_01.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 5D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 0.8 sec @ f5.6, ISO100

Location - Arc de Triomphe, Paris

This clip - HD 720p

Clip duration - 33 seconds at 25 frames per second.

Shooting interval - 2 seconds