Trippy Mirrored Hyperlapse Videos Shot on Japanese Monorail Systems

Mirroring your time-lapse footage can yield a trippy, ethereal quality to an otherwise standard video. Riding on the Japanese monorail, for example, is nothing particularly special. Creating a hyperlapse of the experience, while cool, probably won’t stand out.

A few users, however, have come up with some interesting takes on a monorail hyperlapse by mirroring the footage and taking you on a much stranger journey.

The video above was shot by Vimeo user darwinfish105 using a Panasonic DMC-GH3 attached to an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6. All of the photos were shot at a 1 second shutter, with help from an ND400 filter for daytime shots and setting the ISO at 400 (sans filter, obviously) at night. He then mirrored and vertically flipped the footage in post to get the final product.

Of course, he’s not the only person to have done something like this. Vimeo user Daihei Shibata‘s video Shinkansen ver.2 (above) takes you on a similar journey. His video captures the trip from Shinosaka to Tokyo as you would see it out of the right side window — assuming you had mirrored vision, that is. His was shot using an Olympus Pen EP-1.

If you want to see more trippy mirrored videos, check out this Chicago time-lapse we shared a few years ago, or read through the comments on the video at the top. The two we featured were staff picks, but there are others who have taken their own stab at creating these twisted hyperlapses as well.

  • 773metric

    Oh my goodness, those are amazing.

    “His video captures the trip from Shinosaka to Tokyo as you would see it out of the right side window”

    Not quite – there’s some crafty editing to match the music. It’s still beautiful, of course, but the purists might take issue with it not being a straight-up linear journey.

  • Puritynnaical

    huh, because it has clearly seen no editing at all. none. straight-up….

  • Chris Copley

    I like these vids, but then I also enjoy songs played backwards at high speed so I’m probably not the best judge.

  • 写真家

    Mono = one
    Rail = rail

    This concludes our extensive six week training

  • markifi

    real motion blur is pretty cool.