Speeding Up Things with Time-lapse Photography

Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique that has been used since 1890s and was mainly used by film makers to speed up time. It is considered to be the opposite of High Speed Photography.

Time-lapse photography is shooting a sequence of photos of the same subject with certain time interval between each shot. The interval may vary from less than a second to an hour or even more than a day. These pictures are then clubbed together into one video that plays back in a shorter amount of time.

In other words, time-lapse photography is “the art of compressing a long period of time into a shorter one during playback”. For example, the technique can be implemented to shoot/record the blooming of a flower with a time interval of one day and can be continued for over a period of ten days. Once you have all the images in order, they are then wrapped into a video that lasts for just few minutes. When the video is played at normal speed, time appears to be moving fast and thus lapsing.

Here’s a selection of best examples of Time Lapse Photography coupled with sensational music which you will watch them over and over again.

#10 Growing a Plant

This was shot using Pentax K110D and Harbortronics DigiSnap 2100 set to take a frame each 29 minutes and 45 seconds. The time lapse period lasted for 10 days. Two 90 watt compact floresecent lights where used for both the camera shooting light and the grow lights and were on 24 hours.

#09 Stuttgart, Germany

Time-Lapse Photography of the German city – Stuttgart, showing 20 Locations in less than 10 minutes.

#08 Dandelion

Time lapse of Dandelion flower to seed head. The Dandelion clock filmed continuously over a period of one month. Intervals between 5-45 minutes.

#07 Get Up and Go (Tokyo, Japan)

Speeding up time in the city of Tokyo by Stefan Werc

#06 The Longest Way

Christoph Rehage spent one year on foot – 4646km walking across China from November 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008. Unlimited beard & hair growth!

#05 The Milky Way

#04 Speeding Up Life

#03 Shape of Things to Come

A brilliant and fascinating time lapse video capturing the movement of the skies, the stars and everything else – done by 599 Productions.

#02 Madrid, Spain

If you are planning to visit the fabulous city of Spain – Madrid, then be sure to watch this spectacular and gorgeous video by Senses.

#01 Time is of the Essence by André Chocron

This is one of my favorite and it is one of the best time-lapse photography I have ever come across. André Chocron has just inspired me with this piece of art. Hats off to him. Watch the entire video and I bet you’ll be blown away!

André Chocron is a Norwegian director who has created what might be the world’s best, and perhaps only, music video featuring nothing but architecture.

After watching the above time-lapse photography, I’m quite fascinated to give it a try by myself. If I’m successful in it, I’ll post the video here with a complete step-by-step guide.

I hope you have enjoyed the collection. You may also like to read an article on Understanding Long Exposure Photography and the Technique Involved and a step-by-step tutorial on Writing Your Name Using Long Exposure Photography.