When I first saw this 4 minute Timelapse, what struck me was how much work must have been put into this. I thought for sure they must have had a team. To hear them describe at the TED talk just how much work is truly inspiring!

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Finding Portland — Timelapse only[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EtmqU844hU]Finding Portland

Published on Apr 26, 2012 by 

Produced 2012 by Uncage the Soul Productions
Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, Blake Johnson

To plan your adventure to Portland, visit Travel Portland at

Finding Portland was produced, shot, and edited in 51 days during March and April at the invitation of TEDx Portland, where the video was unveiled to a sell out crowd of 650 and met with a standing ovation. Filmed in Portland and the Columbia Gorge, this time-lapse piece offers a new perspective to the City of Roses. From a Portland Timbers season opening soccer game, to the top of the Fremont Bridge, to an aerial shot of Oneonta Gorge, Finding Portland tells the story of a city and its many faces.

Comprised of 308, 829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film. The intent of the project was to place our cameras in unique locations across the city, achieve significant ranges of dynamic camera motion, and pursue cutting edge time-lapse techniques.

Behind the scenes video and photos are posted at

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Photographers tell their amazing story![youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=L8MxqbhnaiQ]TEDxPortand 2012 – Ben Canales & John Waller – Finding Portland

Published on May 23, 2012 by 

Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, The University of Oregon – White Stag Block.

No project is too daunting for John and Ben, also known as Uncage the Soul Productions, an innovative video production studio that explores the art of storytelling across photography, adventure films and documentaries. Their most recent work took them across the state of Oregon, traveling over 1,600 miles and packing 700-plus pounds of camera gear, to remote locations. The result, Finding Oregon, comprising over six months of time-lapse photography, has received critical acclaim. TEDxPortland has inspired an encore production.

Established in 2009, in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED.com videos, live speakers and performers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Over 1,400 TEDx events occur annually around the world.