Midtown is a Manhattan Time-Lapse Made Up of 50K Photos Shot Over 6 Months

When you think of New York City, the places that come to mind most likely revolve around Midtown Manhattan. The Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, Times Square and more all fall within the boundaries of Midtown.

In an ode to this busiest and most hectic piece of the city that never sleeps, Andrew “Drew” Geraci of District 7 Media put together an epic time-lapse that pays homage to “the lights, cars, traffic, architecture and people [that] make the city come to life as a living, breathing, organism.”

New York City time-lapses are nothing new, but this one seems to stand out. Earning itself a well-deserved staff pick badge from Vimeo, the 50,000-photo time-lapse was shot over the course of 6 months as the production team traveled back and forth between Washington DC and NYC.


The time-lapse was shot using four Canon 5D Mark IIIs, two Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 IIs, one Canon 24-105mm f/4 and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II. Two Dynamic Perception Stage Zero sliders with upgraded stepping motors helped add in the motion.

To make the experience as immersive as possible, they also decided to record sound on-location and add it in after.

According to the video description, the crew was more than once chased off by irate police officers while capturing some of these amazing shots. If you have the time, show them that the work wasn’t in vain by checking out the video at the top for yourself.

(via NewsFeed)

  • agour

    jaw-droppingly amazing video

  • Tatjana Rudy

    Stunning. I found myself watching it a few times. Bravo!

  • John R


  • Tyler

    not impressed in the least – seems like a meaningless indulgence in technology. what insight can be drawn from this? Midtown is apparently the biggest commercial district in the U.S. and among the most intensely used pieces of real estate in the world – yet I don’t think this is really captured just by showing a time-lapse of cars in traffic and bustling pedestrians; this can be witnessed by anyone on the street. So maybe the value of this is that you don’t have to actually go to Midtown to get an idea of how busy it is…*shrug*

  • Tyler

    also, personally I could really do without the dub-step music. it’s a terrible genre to begin with and has become a cliched choice for seemingly every “cool” film project out there

  • Durden

    You must be fun at parties.

  • Eddie B

    This reminded me of Sim City when you fast forward through the day.

  • theawefultruth

    If I see another time lapse movie I’m gonna pull out the rest of my hair. It’s kind of like how they ruined “stairway to heaven” by playing the freaking thing a zillion times. Time lapse is such a simple trick, anyone can do it, and I’ve seen way more than enough.

  • Robert Berwick

    I thought it was incredible! Definitely some “Debbie Downers” leaving comments here. Maybe they should spend some of that energy making something amazing themselves…if they can!

  • bubba

    I totally agree.

  • ty

    awful soundtrack…totally distracting…

  • Dave

    Makes you wonder why you would click on an article about a time lapse video.

  • Dave

    This is a photography blog, not a travel blog. The video was visually very appealing.

  • Dave

    Great video as far as exposure, editing etc. Primary soundtrack unfortunately did not help the project due to over saturation of this music genre lately ( I was waiting for someone to start screaming about A.D.D. or something). Dubstep is hopefully dead soon because it is just too saturated. I did think the secondary sound effects were ok, didn’t hurt anyway. But, it was definitely a visual feast.

  • AdminHarald

    Great visuals, especially with the camera movements. Didn’t like the music track at all but thought the ambient sound added a lot.

  • Fuzztographer

    It was certainly a visual delight. The music, I think, could have been better selected. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t fitting either.

  • GeekTinker

    I love it. I do have to wonder how many police officers need to be trained on how the Constitution works! Photography is not a crime! I’m ticked that these so called “officers” felt compelled to run off citizens of the this country who were creating art. Jerks! Don’t they have actual criminals to stop from perpetrating actual crimes or apprehend after the fact?

  • lalaa

    Internet has ruined my attention span. It’s hard to sit through a 2 min timelapse (great work btw). Should definitely unplug and go hiking or something.

  • Elzet

    Koyanisquatsi, but with a different soundtrack…

  • Tyler

    I like to think that photography is much more than making visually appealing images.

  • Muhammad Malik

    how the hel lcan they get those angles.. you gotta have some connections..

  • superduckz

    Video was interesting enough I suppose. I don’t see anything revolutionary here though. Oh and the soundtrack was just wrong for this. 2 cents.. shrug.

  • bgrady413

    Again another amazing video that makes me hate my life choices of not sticking with it.

  • mrbeard

    great footage but the music kinda ruined it for me, so i experimented with different tracks and found this one is perfect (for me), mute the timelapse and hit play on both at the same time

  • Tyler Magee

    I pooped……

  • Yarrr

    amazing video made not better by the annoying dubstep

  • PhotoShark

    Agreed! Too many people theses days who spend their time trolling these comment sections and not enough time creating good work! Drew ( the maker of this video) is a talented and committed artist. He has been doing videos like these for a long time too. Who cares if “anyone can do a timelapse”?

  • Impressed

    …technological indulgence? Dude, he used 5D Mark IIIs? And did an awesome job! I’m guessing you never made a movie, you know, with cinema level 4k cameras and cinema lenses. Oh, and yeah, would love to see your stuff.

  • smdmf

    Got anything thing positive to say???