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Hyperlapse video puts Buffalo's architecture at the forefront

Many examples of Buffalo's resurgence stem from a renewal or re-imagination of beloved buildings. The Hotel @ the Lafayette, the Richardson Olmsted Complex, and to some degree, Statler City, went from forgotten to relevant within a span of a few years.

Now, they bustle with activity, serving as venues for major events and representing hope for the future rather than nostalgia for the past.

Freelance videographer Luke Haag spent the last three and a half months roving between architectural treasures, meticulously shooting hyperlapse clips at each location. The final product, set to the tune of Bassnectar's "TKO," is quite a sensory experience.

How did he pull it off? Hyperlapse videos - which are similar to time-lapse shoots but involve more movement - require patience, planning and a good eye.

"Each frame in the video was an individual shot, so I would have to maintain my point of reference throughout the entire lapse for consistency between shots," Haag explained in a message.

"I would move a predetermined amount between each shot to determine how fast I wanted the shot to move, and each lapse contained anywhere from 60 to 150 individual shots, so it was certainly a process."

From New Era Field to grain elevators to the Electric Tower to Coca-Cola Field to City Hall, Buffalo's landmarks are well represented in Haag's video, which was intended to show the city in a progressive, fast-paced light.

"I knew Buffalo has a rich architectural history," Haag wrote, "so I wanted to showcase it in a way that hasn't been done before and create a positive perception of our city, whether you live here or not."

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who's never seen traffic move so fast down Church Street, at

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