Who has time to go on a six-year trip around the world, walk through China, or spend all day at a remote Amazon waterfall ? The best time-lapse photography allows us to break through and capture a whole world that’s hidden to us behind the barrier of time.
Using both video and still picture, we can see the drastic effects our world goes through within a matter of hours.
Time-lapse video depends on dedicated videographers traveling to remote and unique locations to record amazing footage of our ever-shifting planet. To make time look sped up, a video camera will take fewer pictures per second (between 8 and 22 frames per second). When played at the normal speed, though (24 frames per second), time will appear to be moving faster!
Through the procIn a span of five minutes, you can travel the world in accelerated motion, see spectacular panoramic views of Paris, or camp under the stars without ever having to leave the comfort of your bed. Check out these amazing examples of video time-lapse.
Adventure is Calling – Three friends quit there day jobs to spend two months traveling to 32 different states. The result? Breathtakingly, stunning images from across the country.
Frosty Windows – A six hour shoot of ice crystals forming on a winter window.
Timelapse from the International Space Station – A video from the perspective of the International Space Station looking down on Earth. Notice how you can see the aurora borealis in many of the shots.
The Aurora – Speaking of the aurora borealis this amazing video was hot in just one week, and beautifully captures what many people know as the “Northern Lights” (although they happen in the south, too).
Norway – Unbelievable footage of Norway’s 19 countries taken over a span of five months.
Paris 2013 – A stunning, accelerated journey through the entire City of Lights.
Imagine California – A year-long journey throughout California told in 300,000 photos.
Macro Timelapse – This accelerated look at the life cycle of a plant is both creepy and cool.
San Francisco Time Lapse (Empty America) – As native San Franciscans, our minds were blown trying to imagine our city without any people in it. In fact, were still a little dumb-founded by this stunning timelapse of our favorite city.
Time is Nothing – Taking six years to film, this stunning time-lapse video tells the story of 17 countries in just 6,237 photographs.
Timelapse of a House Being Built – This LiveLeak contributor saw a house being built and decided to bring everyone along for a ride. Pictures were taken every 5 minutes for 6 months.
A Journey Through Seasons – One train ride. Four seasons. One spectacular journey.
With still photography, time-lapse is a little different. It usually involves editing together shots taken in the same place at different times of the day.
Sometimes just letting the camera capture the same shot over a longer period of time can also achieve amazing results – as long as you don’t let the camera capture TOO much light. This is why many of these images are taken at night when there is a low amount of natural light.
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Adventure is Calling
Timelapse from the International Space Station
San Francisco Time Lapse (Empty America)
Time is Nothing
Timelapse of a House Being Built
A Journey Through Seasons