I'm back with Volume 3 of some of my favourite time lapse videos. If you haven't already had a chance to check out Volume 1 and Volume 2, please make sure to do so. The people who have created these videos put a lot of hard work into them, and I'd love nothing more than to spread the word about them.
Oh, and one more thing... I would recommend turning HD "on", turning up your volume, and watching these on the largest monitor/TV you have.
New York City is one of the most bustling cities in the world. It seems as though it never sleeps, and from watching this incredible Time Lapse, I would not be surprised to find some truth in that statement. Spending over a month in Manhattan, the creator of this video - who goes by Mindrelic - managed to get onto spaces and vantage points that most people will probably never see. What's more, these vantage points are used with such creative and dangerous movements that you might perhaps get a sense of vertigo from watching it. With that said, I absolutely love this time lapse, and I think you will too!
Please, keep reading below the fold to see more of these great time lapses!
What do you get when you combine a 12 year old technology, a very creative team, locations all over China, and a Land Rover TVC? The answer, of course is a very cool advertisement!
From the video's description:
Tao from Black & Cameron came up with a creative for a single 360° of the Land Rover for a TV commercial and pitched the concept. Due to the technical and post requirements of a full 360°, The Splice Boys came up a creative solution. We decided to divide the 360°shot into segments, each with a different location and transition point.
I can only imagine what it would have taken to have a full 360 performed in one location, but the technical limitations in this case turned out to be a bonus. By using multiple locations, they were able to show the versatility of the vehicle, while still showing off the amazing technical ability of their team.
I've always wanted to make a bullet time rig of my own, but of course, it's all about managing to get my hands on that many cameras at one time. Have you ever created or been a part of something similar?
This has got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Mark Gee (check out his site for some more awesome work) captured this incredibly unique footage of the moon rising from over 2km away, thanks to some very powerful optics.
Thanks to the awesome power of telephoto lens compression, he is able to position the silhouettes of actual people moving on a mountaintop in front of the moon. What amazes me the most is how fast the moon actually moves. Normally, its movement is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye, but when given a point of reference, we see just how fast it is travelling - in case you're wondering, it's 3682.8 km/h.
From the description on his video:
Full Moon Silhouettes is a real time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It's something that I've been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.
The video is as it came off the memory card and there has been no manipulation whatsoever. Technically it was quite a challenge to get the final result. I shot it on a Canon ID MkIV in video mode with a Canon EF 500mm f/4L and a Canon 2x extender II, giving me the equivalent focal length of 1300mm.
Oh and for those with a keen eye, did you notice that the moon is upside down (at least, it is if you live in the northern hemisphere)?
If there's one conclusion that I can come to after following Mike Olbinski's blog for the relatively short time that I have, it's that he is without a doubt an incredible photographer. Mike photographs two of the things that I really like (one of which I shoot) - Weddings and Storms. As a wedding photographer myself, looking at the work of other photographers helps me to improve my style, my eye, and to of course further develop my passion. Looking at samples of Mike's weddings, it's no surprise that he manages to get clients. His work is amazing. He gets up close with his brides and grooms, he has fun with them, and he captures incredible moments from their day.
Storms are something I've always been amazed by. I'm no meteorologist, and I'm no storm chaser, but I have always been fascinated by the shows put on by nature. That's another reason I love following Mike Olbinski's work. His storm photos from all over Arizona are phenomenal. Also, it's from these photos that I learned what a haboob is (no, it's nothing dirty... well, it could get messy).
Today, Mike released a 19 minute short film comprised entirely of time lapses during the Arizona monsoon season. The sequences as well as his chosen soundtrack work incredibly well, and it was such a pleasure to watch.
The video is available to watch for free on Vimeo, as you can see from the video I've posted above, but if you'd like to keep and watch it on your own device, Mike has put up an option to buy it on his blog for $5. I say go ahead and do it, and support the awesome work from a great guy.
And now, presenting the second volume of some of the greatest time lapse videos on the internet! In case you missed it, check out Volume One as well. As always, I would recommend you turn on HD and watch these videos in full screen if possible. Trust me, it's worth it.
Aurora are one of the most incredible natural phenomena that I have never seen in person. Living in the Greater Toronto Area, the total light pollution caused by all of the city and suburb lights pretty much removes and chance of seeing them from home. Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to travel to a more remote region where I live during pronounced aurora activity. Flatlight Films created this incredible aurora time lapse for their client, Visit Finland. One of the more striking things about it though is the music. It has a very relaxing and ethereal quality that I think really completes the piece.
Follow the jump to see more of these incredible videos!
For some reason that I can't necessarily explain (not that I need to), time lapse videos have become somewhat of a hot commodity as of late. For me, they entertain my obsession with time, automation, and natural progression. Much of the equipment that is required to create these incredible pieces has become very affordable, allowing even the most inexperienced to come out with something decent with only a minor amount of dabbling.
In any case, I have yet to see a anywhere online that has put all of these amazing films in one place. So, I've decided to present some of the most recent cinematic time lapse masterpieces right here for your viewing pleasure. I would recommend, if your computer can handle it, to turn on HD and view these in full screen. It'll be worth it, I promise.
Android Dreams is the visual genius of Samuel Cockedey combined with the soundtrack from Blade Runner by Vangelis. This is the first time I've seen a time lapse put to this type of soundtrack, and I must say, it definitely works well. The entire work took about a year for Samuel to shoot, using a Canon 5D MkII. There's a great interview with Samuel on Season 9. Also, don't forget to visit Samuel's website for more of his great work.
The opening scene to Toronto Tempo, by Ryan Edmond simply fascinates me. Nearly every time I get the chance, I love to sit in the front of the train and watch it pull in to each and every station along the way. Ryan's execution of this is perfect. What makes this time lapse from the city I love so great is that he gets places that not many people see in Toronto, and even brings along his Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly to get the moving time lapses. All in all, a great execution, and certainly one that should make Toronto proud. More of Ryan's work can be found on his website.
If I ever needed any motivation to move to Iceland, this video by Joe Capra (SCIENTIFANTASTIC) would most certainly be it. Captured over the course of 17 days, Joe pulled off what I truly believe not many people have the ability to do. Simply amazing landscapes with great vantage points, and once again, a great use of that beautiful motion dolly. What's also great is that I'm pretty sure the plane at the 30 second mark is the same plane that Sean Stiegemeier incorporated into his time lapse, Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull (considered, by me at least, to be the one time lapse that started this whole trend). Definitely visit the Vimeo page for the video and check out Joe's other works.
With possibly one of the most beautiful time lapses you'll ever see, Dustin Farrell has created an amazing video that I think I've watched at least 10 times. Serene, yet invigorating, I think this video might just become the video that I use to pump myself up for whatever creative endeavour I intend to take on. Also, if you were thinking that some of these photos would make great desktop wallpapers, Dan Levy is way ahead of you.
First and foremost, I am a self-proclaimed nerd. I like technology and there's really no other way to say it. What's more, I love external hard drives. As a data fiend, I have an external for pretty much everything I do. One for photos, one for video, one for music. I also have a couple others for random documents and storage overflow. Of all of the hard drives I have though, there is none that is more near and dear to my heart than the G-Safe 1TB.
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