Time-lapse photography is an amazing development of film and photography. The presentations are endlessly fascinating, compressing events that may take hours or days, or even years, into a clip that can be seen in only moments. We get to see changes and processes that normally pass so slowly as amazing shows of progress.
Made over a five and a half month period by photographer Cameron Michael, we are brought this beautiful vision of the Manhattan. Not only does he capture the skyline, which most films of this kind seem to focus on, he spends a quite a bit of time in the city, near people, watching what they do and how they go about their life and how they get around, even down to a subway platform. Blackmill provided the song.
Night Skies by T-Recs is wonderful compilation of night sky footage, highlighting different stars, constellations, and astronomical features as they fly overhead. It also cleverly incorporates place names. It is set to music by Michal Cymbalista.
Here is Eurolapse by David Cosmo Smith which was shot over the summer of 2011. It covers a huge chunk of the European continent from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia. It is is a wonderful travelogue both colorful and meditative. The song here is also by Blackmill.
Taken on his trip to China, Moments in China by Ryan Edmond, features backdrops from Hong Kong, Guilin, Beijing and Shanghai. It is a beautiful compilation of footage showing the tremendous variety of China’s cities and countryside. The excellent song is by Sa Dingding.
The Sky In Motion by Till Credner is an older video. Camera technology has advanced in the four years it has appeared, but regardless of its age the combination of the different shots, the lenses it uses, and meditative music by hasta la otra méxico! that accompany it make this video one of my favorites.