This is a stunning montage of timelapse clips created by Mike Flores during the past year. Many of the scenes are layered beautifully, with the desert in the foreground, clouds whizzing across the sky, and the universe spinning brightly in the background.
Shots in which the camera moves were created using two custom track and dolly systems that Flores created using off-the-shelf parts. The photographs were made with a Canon 5D Mark II with three lenses: the 16-35mm f2.8 II, 14mm f2.8 II, and 24mm f1.4 II. The music in the background is from the movie Inception.
Here’s a stunning time-lapse video by Dan Eckert shot in the California and Arizona deserts. Aside from the fact that seeing the night sky spin in time-lapse is usually pretty darn cool, Eckert employs some interesting techniques that we haven’t come across before.
For example, in one shot Eckert paced across the desert, aiming at a particular mountain in the horizon and snapping a single photograph every time he took a step. If you have a few minutes, this’ll definitely make for a relaxing and awe-inspiring break.
Tom Lowe of Timescapes creates amazing time-lapse videos that we’ve featured here before, so it was interesting to come across the above behind-the-scenes video showing how he uses an experimental crane Kessler Cranes created. The video shows the crane in action, and then the footage from the camera mounted on the crane.
Who knew a 40-second-long behind-the-scenes video could be so epic?
Vimeo user ph dee went out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last night after hearing that it’s a great place to watch meteor showers. After spending four hours shooting frames for a Perseid meteor shower timelapse video, he discovered that the heavy air traffic in the area dominated the scene.
Luckily for us, he still went ahead and created the video, publishing it to his Vimeo stream with the title “Perseid Meteor Shower Failure“. Even though you don’t get to see much of the Perseid meteor shower, the video offers a breathtaking view of the Earth rotating and airplanes shooting across the sky. Meteor shower fail. Timelapse win.
The first part of the video was captured with a Canon 20D and intervalometer, while the second part was shot with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and Sigma 20mm f/1.8 at f/2 and 30 second exposures on continuous shooting mode with the shutter depressed.
We’ve shared a good number of time-lapse videos here on PetaPixel before, but this one is pretty unique in the way it was created: François Vautier put an ant colony inside his scanner, and scanned the colony once a week over the course of five years. He then compiled the resulting images into a time-lapse video. It’s a little hard to make out what’s going on, and the zooming and panning can be a little distracting, but the idea is pretty interesting nonetheless.
“Running on Empty” by Ross Ching is a neat time-lapse video inspired by Matt Logue’s empty L.A. project, which we featured last year. Rather than individual photographs in which ordinarily busy LA streets are artificially devoid of any cars and people, the video takes it a step further by stringing together such photographs to create an eerie (yet soothing and beautiful) glimpse into an LA in which streetlights blink above “I am Legend”-esque roads. I wonder how long post-processing took…
Get up and go is a short 2 minute video by Stefan Werc that gives you a unique perspective of Tokyo at night. The time-lapse shots range from epic shots of the skyline, to creative shots from moving vehicles. The stills that went into this time-lapse were shot using the Canon 7D. Great work Stefan!
Did you know pressing the “Set” button on your T2i/550D while reviewing photos plays them back as a time-lapse video? Well, no… because it doesn’t. It’s too bad this video tutorial is just a well-made fake, but now you have fun way to prank your T2i/550D friends!
Here’s a direct link to the YouTube video, where the commenters seem to be oblivious to the fact that this is fake.
When Sean Stiegemeier saw the photos and videos that were emerging on the web from the eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull last month, it prompted him to fly over and shoot his own footage:
So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.
The resulting video is stunningly beautiful, especially with background music by Jónsi (lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós). Oh, and by the way, it was filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II.
The crazy awesome folks over at Google’s London office recently created a photo-mosaic of the company’s logo… by hand. Using 884 individually printed 4×6 photographs, they 5.5 hours assembling the piece, and used a camera to snap a photograph every 7 seconds. The resulting timelapse video shows the whole thing in a little over a minute.