The Burning Man Time-Lapse to End All Burning Man Time-Lapses

Seven minutes. It’s not often we run across a time-lapse that lasts seven minutes, and even less often we actually watch the whole thing, slack-jawed, from start to finish. That, however, is what happened with photographer Roy Two Thousand‘s most recent creation: Lake of Dreams.

As breathtaking in its cinematography as you might ever hope to see from the time-lapse genre, Roy Two Thousand and second shooters August Winkelman and Connor McNeill didn’t actually limit themselves to a strict time-lapse or hyperlapse in a strict flow.

The movement of the piece ebbs and flows, from slow motion to time-lapse, from people to landscapes, from lightning storms to star trails, all in perfect harmony with the music.


Like the Barcelona and Enter Pyongyang ‘flow-motion’ time-lapses by JT Singh and Rob Whitworth, this creation seems to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the genre.

Give the video a look for yourself above to see if you agree, and then check out more of Roy Two Thousand’s work by heading over to his website or Vimeo profile.

(via DIY Photography)

  • Winston

    You jacked up my expectations to a very high level. “Lake of Dreams” easily surpassed them.

  • kbb

    The opening material with the clouds is first rate—assuming the lightning is real, not faked in later. Once the people started showing up, I lost interest.

    I hope the added-in-afterwards zooms die soon on the ash-heap of time lapse history.

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  • Luís Antunes

    Indeed a work of art! Awesome!

  • Oj0

    Time lapses and hyper lapses are starting to get old for me as they are overdone the way slow motion was a few years ago. This one’s title caught me attention, so I watched anyway. All I can say is WOW! Nicely done!

  • StronglyNeutral

    Wow. Very beautiful presentation!

  • Morgan Glassco

    Leaving in a few hours for my first burning man~! Amazing time lapse, I’ve merely dabbled but cannot imagine the planning, prep and post that went into that video

  • Poki

    A true masterpiece. So incredibly nice to have something like this in a world full of pointless and boring time- and hyper-lapse videos.

  • Chris Blair

    Great work. Big fan of the Lapses.

  • Andrew Anderson

    Does he have any before Burning Man became Lamestream? Like 5 or 10 or 15 years ago? All of the really cool kids and real invovaters moved on about 5 years ago to other venues.

  • [email protected]

    Simply outstanding.

  • lectrosoul

    Unbelievable, well done captured so much emotion with Visuals and Tune :)

  • pat patterson

    didnt burning man get cancelled

  • pat patterson

    100% cancelled. lol sorry bud

  • Neil Kandalgaonkar

    A lot of the sky stuff is added in later. Sun, rainbows, clouds, lightning, and stars. I don’t know why the creator did that. The material seemed strong already.

    The Milky Way is not visible from the Black Rock Desert at night during Burning Man. There’s way too much dust in the air and too much light pollution.

  • Lynda Bowyer

    Stunning. I’m likewise slack-jawed and open-mouthed. Excellent film and soundtrack.

  • Rob Alinder

    Disagree. With my DSLR it’s entirely possible to capture the milky way with the right exposure length and fstop. I’m not a skilled videographer but if you’re doing time lapse seems likely enough that the images are real. Also, I was at the burn that year and and the sun/rainbows, especially the ones at the beginning were 100% legit. That’s EXACTLY what it looked like to the naked eye. It was stunning.

  • LoveYourDNA

    Where? just curious..

  • Africashot

    I you read the comments on the vimeo video you’ll see the creator confirming that the stars where composited from a different moment at the same location, exposure wise it wouldn’t have been possible to expose for the stars and the event, this doesn’t take away anything from the fantastic creation of this video though, at least in my opinion.

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  • ElixirThief

    You could use just about any downtempo electronic song produced in the last 20 years and it would have worked just as well.

  • @JacksonCheese

    This was incredible.

  • @JacksonCheese

    To middle age.

  • Demingo

    Incredible work

  • snarkylarky

    and no link to that??