This ‘Flow-Motion’ Hyperlapse of Barcelona Won’t ‘Blow Your Mind’… But It’ll Get Close

We’re trying, we really are trying to stay away from the word-inflation, click-bait terms like ‘jaw-dropping.’ But dang it if this hyperlapse by photographer Rob Whitworth didn’t actually have us staring at the screen wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

Whitworth is calling this a ‘flow-motion’ film, but whatever you want to call it, he’s taken the hyperlapse to a new level and left just about every other one we’ve ever seen in the creative dust.

Sagrada Familia , Barcelona, Spain

Of course, that’s not to say that any of this was easy. As he enumerates in the video’s description, the time-lapse took him 363 total hours of work between the 75 hours of logistics and travel, 31 hours of scouting locations, 78 hours of shooting and a whopping 179 hours of post-production.

And those 179 hours were spent dealing with 26,014 Camera Raw files that totaled up to some 817GB of data… external hard drives anyone?


Whitworth also revealed the gear he used, which included four Nikon DSLRs (a D800, D7100, D7100 and D3200), six separate Nikon lenses (10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR, 28mm AF f/2.8D, 50mm f/1.4G AF-S, 70-200mm f/2.8G) and a Promote Control.

But enough about the gear and time spent, check out the video at the top and gawk at the still below that Whitworth was kind enough to share with us:








To see more from Whitworth, check out our previous coverage of his work, head over to his website, or give him a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Image credits: Photographs by Rob Whitworth and used with permission

  • JonathonWatkins

    Oh. Wow. That. Was. EPIC. Any drones/UAVs involved in making the film? Still trying to work out how he did it.

  • Rolandbk

    Too much to take in for humans in such a short time. Too sad. What a waste of work. A film by techies for computerstechies.

  • Zack Deal

    I almost feel like he hyper-lapsed with a zoom lens by zooming in slowly and then taking a picture? If that isn’t it then I am lost haha.

  • Kaouthia

    He wouldn’t really need to zoom. With the MP capabilities of current DSLRs, he could just scale the picture back towards 100% in post. You only need ~2MP for HD video.

  • Michael Palmer

    Now that’s a bit good.

  • Derricklytle

    What’s your point? He did a good job.

  • Vin Weathermon

    I must be inhuman because I thought it was great. It makes me want to see it first hand, all of the different views. That sounds like it did it’s job.

  • Banan Tarr

    Does he have any work where he combines hyperlapse, normal video and slow motion? That could be fun.

  • Fullstop

    A master of his craft at work no doubt.

  • Fullstop

    It depends on what kind of human you are. If you are a fan of white vignettes and selective coloring this probably isn’t for you.

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  • Juan Pablo Llodrá

    Are you jelly? :D

    It’s an amazing job! creativity at its fullest.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Unique and interesting. I love the camera work and transitions!

  • Mark

    I couldn’t disagree more… it is a quick tour through many of the most distinctive features of Barcelona. Having been there a few years ago for a few days, I recognized many/most of the places he featured in his film.

    I think it’s pretty brilliant.

  • ThiFlyingTomato

    Incredible! Had some very Wes Anderson-ey vibes and style to it. (Especially the chairlift)

    Barcelona is incredible and I can’t wait to go back!

  • SolarEV

    After all that work, the thing that got me laughing was the sound effects of the tram car as it went past the tower and the other tram car. It’s the simple things in life that bring the most joy :-).

  • Dover

    My mind was blown. Now what am I supposed to do?

  • dorarcheek

    my Aunty
    Allison recently got a nice 6 month old Jaguar by working from a macbook.this website C­a­s­h­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • seorasx

    Stunning absolutely stunning imagery and technically brilliant but as I’ve said before; give me some narrative, rather than just whizzing around over and through. I thought it was going too when following the girl (bit creepy though) but that got ditched, yet it could have tied everything together. Oh; and slow down.
    Still I’m sure the Barcelona tourist board will love it. Even if it missed out the Miro Gallery and Picasso Museum.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    I personally found it to be quite amazing. If you’re too slow to “take it in” the first time, you can always watch it again and again and again… The glorious attributes of video.

  • Opie

    Well, Roland, you’re learning the hard way that you’re only entitled to your opinion if it’s the same as everyone else’s. Otherwise your taste and competence will be immediately called into question by all those who possess superior understanding of the genre. Obviously.

    I would mention that I actually agree with you. That, while this is a technical marvel and I’m hugely impressed by the technique, I find it artistically flat. Seemingly filmed by someone who long ago mastered dolly rigging but has yet to hold his creativity to the same standard. I *would*. But we’ve seen how this group responds to such patently unreasonable personal opinions. So I wont :)

  • gregorymbehrens

    my Aunty
    Allison recently got a nice 6 month old Jaguar by working from a macbook.this website C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

  • Todd Beltz

    Wow…I literally had to pick up my jaw off the ground. Absolutely mind blowing work. Not entirely sure how he created this but I’m in awe of this. The hyper lapse sequences I get but the other parts leave me really wondering…

  • Sarmad Berlin

    Apart from the excitement of the imagery. And the mystery of its creation…the sound effects are charming and pretty well put together. I wonder what the cheaper. DSLRs were used for? Did he throw them around for some of the shots? And still no answer on the use of drones or not (?) Inspirational…

  • EJ

    817gb can fit on a single modern hard drive these days .

  • Fullstop

    That is horrible Opie. I am so sorry that you and Roland are having to endure this kind of abuse.
    I propose a march and rally in your name.

  • Ryan Alexander Davis

    Obviously you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about. Why don’t you try going out and creating something half this awesome instead of imposing your nonsense on others?

  • Ryan Alexander Davis

    Fantastic work! Great sound design!