This Flower Opening Time-Lapse Breathes New Life Into a Stale Subject

There are a few subjects that lend themselves particularly well to time-lapse photography — think: sunsets, aurora borealis, the night sky, and the hustle and bustle of a city — and so, naturally, they are the most frequently used subjects.

Another of these is flowers opening. Not quite as common anymore, it’s nevertheless still familiar to anyone who has spent any time exploring the world of time-lapse photography… so why is it that this creation by photographer David de los Santos Gil is still so captivating?

There’s something about it, a quality we can’t put our collective PetaPixel finger on, that has earned this time-lapse over 12K views on Vimeo in just a few days with no real media coverage. Comments seem to be unanimously positive, and despite the tens of time-lapses I’m sent daily, this one still managed to keep my attention for three and a half minutes of what is, essentially, the same type of shot over and over.


And so we share this video with you for two reasons. First, because a time-lapse of flowers opening seems like the most appropriate way possible to begin a fresh week as photographers and photography lovers. And second, because we’d love to hear your feedback about why this time-lapse is so good.

Is it the music? The beautiful framing and expertly crafted motion shots? The wide variety of flowers (including lilies, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies and nigella damask)? Or is it just a typical time-lapse and we’ve lost our minds? Let us know in the comments down below.

And if you’d like to see more of David de los Santos Gil’s work, be sure to pay him a visit on his website, Facebook, Flickr or 500px.

  • homopunk84 .

    Might be just me but I don’t see that as especially captivating. I can personally think of much better ways to show off a time lapse such as this.

  • Ivor Wilson

    “I can personally think of much better ways to show off a time lapse such as this.”

    Such as…?

  • Slippery Pete

    I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I found this spectacular!!

  • Nobilis Bellator

    Well for starters you make claims that are not founded. This timelapse has indeed been published by many media in South America and Mexico. And why do we like it, well it shows us things that no one can see unless they spend 9 months watching there flowers opening non stop which is what timelapse allows and it’s the time it took the filmmaker to make this film. Nine months of non stop shooting in a small bedroom and the camera going night and day. That’s why…;-)

  • Justin Sheely

    This is a fascinating video. It reminds me of some of the remarkable work the BBC has done in their Life television series which featured a number of time lapse shots of flowering trees, plants, or fungus growing in dark places. Many time lapse videos I like feature a good score; it is the fusion of the visual and the audible arts that make compelling videos. That’s one of the reasons I love Disney’s Fantasia so much. Another thing I want to point out is that it takes time and dedication to produce videos like this. I think that way to many commentors here forget that when they critique these kind of videos. Lets just be humble and acknowledge a good piece of work when you see it.

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  • Alnico

    There’s only two things that make this stand out: perfect lighting and black background

  • homopunk84 .

    And even then… there are a LOT of time lapses like that.

  • vkj

    There are THREE timelapses like this (some flowers opening, black background) in all internet man… Two from Katka Pruskova and another in youtube. I was viewing your last comments and I think you’re a little embittered :)