Mesmerizing Time-Lapse of Burning Man Shows 5 Weeks in 5 Minutes

Earlier this year, UT Austin grad student Matthew Goodman set up a Canon DSLR on Razorback mountain, which overlooks the desert where Burning Man was held. Over the next two months, the camera snapped a photograph every 10 minutes, resulting in roughly 8,000 12-megapixel photographs. Goodman then used the images to create this impressive time-lapse video showing 5 weeks of Burning Man in just 5 minutes. Every second shows 3 hours, so a full day passes every 8 seconds.

If you’re interested in learning more about how it was done (including how they managed to keep the camera powered), Goodman has an in-depth writeup on his blog.

(via Craneium via Laughing Squid)

  • Matty

    I think the Canon 500D is 15MP. Not 12. 

  • Michael Zhang

    Hmm. You’re right. Looks like Goodman might have linked to the wrong camera in his blog post

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  • Matt Goodman

    Hey all.  The camera was a Rebel T1i, I didn’t want to post the model before we cleaned everything up to discourage someone trecking up there and stealing things.  Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Anonymous

    Hello!  I’m the editor of this time lapse video.  

    If you appreciate the video, consider helping to fund the next one. Playa Time Lapse 2.0 is live on Kickstarter.  Support now and get prints from the Burning Man gallery!

    Thanks, Peretz