8 Inspirational Time Lapse Video’s

In the past I've experimented with time lapse photo series to make great video's. My best attempt has been a time lapse of the Equinox in Chitzen Itza Mexico. Although it was a good first attempt to make something beautiful, it cannot compare to the inspirational time lapse video's I've found over the last couple of months while I was researching the subject of time lapse. Reason for my research is that I'm planning to experiment more with time lapse in 2012 and post here on DPictures.com.

Timelapse Montage

A montage of my timelapse shots through the summer of 2010.

Mike Flores
You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeFloresDP

Baja California Timelapses

This is a little compilation of timelapses I've shot down in Baja California this year.



A short collection of some of my favorite shots from New York City.

Manhattan in Motion

I recently spent a little over a month hotel hopping in Manhattan (March 12th to April 29th) shooting time lapse.

Find Mindrelic here

TSO Photography

The Arctic Light

This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on
the archipelago Lofoten in Norway

The Water

This is my interpretation of the fjord landscape in western Norway.

Sam O'Hare

The Sandpit

A day in the life of New York City, in miniature.

This video has won, or was nominated for several awards, which I think speaks to the original idea of using the Tilt Shift in the post processing of the pictures. Learn more how the team produced this short movie; lenses, camera, workflow; here.

Caleb Yule

This is Brighton

I started shooting not long after my thirteenth birthday, and what began as a test, turned into a project that would take 9-10 months of on-and-off shooting to complete.

What I can learn

While looking at these clips I started daydreaming that one day I will be able to produce something as beautiful as these.  I imagine the learning curve will be pretty steep, where I take the following points into account (which I've written down as starting point learnings from these clips):

  • Using a dolly, either bought or self fabricated, can bring an interesting effect to the video. Combined with time lapse clips where the camera is in one position, it makes for an extra interesting video of time lapse series
  • Having moving subjects in front of a static background can be very interesting. The New York Skyline with the boats in front in the moving water keeps drawing my eyes into the movie
  • Changing light on a static skyline or nature gives a cool effect
  • I will have to pick your subject, either city or nature, so the clip is consistent
  • Water can give your clip extra special effects. Water can give extra movements, while boats travel on the water, or it can be used as a mirror, like in the Arctic Light video by TSO Photography
  • The Tilt Shift effects in The Sandpit gives the video a very special feeling, however is most probably too advanced for myself as a first attempt for a  time lapse video. I might experiment with fish-eye lenses, but not in post processing
  • Planning to shoot series of pictures during a special event, can give your clip an extra added bonus, like in the video of This is Brighton, where the yearly VW club had a get together

If you ever have experimented with Time Lapse video, I would love to hear what I should be aware of, before I start. Please feel free to leave any tips in the comments here.

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