Take a Trip to Beautiful San Diego, Time-Lapse Style

Most time-lapses involve long pans over vast landscapes with gorgeous star-filled skies in the background. And while we love those — if you haven’t seen the New Zealand time-lapse we shared recently you’re missing out — we don’t see equally stunning urban time-lapses nearly as often. This is one of the exceptions to that rule.

This time-lapse was put together by photographer and San Diego native Michael Shainblum, and it takes you on a trip through his beautiful hometown. Titled “Welcome Home,” the video features everything from cityscapes to pounding waves to railway stations — a journey that shows the city of San Diego through the artistic lens of one of its residents.


As Shainblum explains in the video’s description:

Ever since I was a kid, I have always been mesmerized by extraordinary beauty of my hometown, San Diego. The city has many hidden treasures that have always captivated me, and they continue to do so. Most people only get to experience the tourism side San Diego, but I wanted to show the city through my own eyes … I wanted to showcase San Diego from the eyes of somebody who has lived there their entire life.

It just goes to show, you may not have to travel very far at all to get some incredible photos. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this time-lapse make it onto some San Diego tourism commercials. To see more from Shainblum, head over to his Vimeo profile or check out his website by clicking here.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • Jason Zeis

    Hot damn, my hometown is one beautiful place.

  • JensK

    stop that damn timelaps crap.. i canĀ“t see it anymore.
    as if there is nothing else going on in teh photographic world then timelaps timelapse timelapse.

  • b

    agreed… no more timelapse please. no matter how beautiful!

  • harumph

    I’m not a huge a fan of these either, but I think it would help if the photographers began to think more about having a sense of purpose behind the different camera movements. And I don’t necessarily mean a narrative purpose, but just a logical purpose. I find myself asking things like, “Wait, why am I drifting down to the ground past a park bench? Am I drunk?” Of course I understand that the foreground element serves a purpose towards enhancing the effect, but I’m suggesting that it should also serve a logical purpose in order to better immerse the viewer.

    I also notice that there are often a lot of shots where the time-lapse aspect actually has little impact. It’s obviously a hugely time-consuming process, so you got to ask yourself if doing a time lapse at that particular location even makes sense. If a slow pan serves the same purpose, then don’t bother. Just some thoughts.

  • Keith H.

    More timelapse pls!

  • Roy

    That’s inane. Why should people who like these posts have to forego them just because you are unable/unwilling to skip them? The title clearly indicates the nature of the post; so why open and even comment on them if it doesn’t appeal to you?