24-Hour Berlin Time Lapse – In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)

This 24-hour Berlin Time Lapse was filmed on Monday, August 20, which must have been the hottest day of the year.

The view from the tallest building in Berlin (Hotel Park Inn by Radisson) over the course of 24+ hours squeezed into just under a minute offers quite a display of the sun and clouds chasing each other across the Berlin sky – with all the important sights below and the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the tallest structure in Berlin, standing dramatically in the foreground.

Originally, I was only going to film from sunrise to sunset but then I let the camera roll and was excited to discover a few special visitors at sunrise the next morning…

At firs,t I was quite disappointed by the haziness and the grey sky (compared to the beautiful white clouds against a blue sky on other days this past week), but when I watched the footage and saw the rain clouds roll in I was redeemed. If you look closely you can see the TV tower get wet and the moisture evaporate. If you stop the video, you can even see raindrops on the window.

By the way, spending the hottest day (and two nights) at the hotel with air conditioning (not something common in Germany) had its own special benefit.

I don’t know why the camera frame keeps jumping. It wasn’t set on auto-focus. So I can only imagine it had something to do with the aperture changing or that the building’s window was moving from air pressure.

The song is called “Angry Farmer” and was written and produced by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.

If you’d like to experience this view with your own eyes, get yourself a room at the Hotel Park Inn, which kindly provided me free room to shoot this video. You can also head up to their rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy the view as captured by David Yates on his AndBerlin Blog during our location scout last week.

And yes, it’s true, my observant viewers: this is the first In A Minute video that’s not quite a minute long.


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