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You used to only see sped-up footage of a flower growing from seed to bloom in science class, but modern technology has made time-lapse videos easier to make than ever before. Digital cameras allow for an endless number of still photos to be taken without added cost, while high-definition capabilities catch the smallest details in the greatest brilliance. Some photographers set up a video camera and let it run for hours, only to speed it up for viewers; others set up a digital camera to snap photos at set time intervals, which they then stream together using computer software. Whatever the technique, the results have been some seriously awe-inspiring clips. Forget about time standing still, the 7 clips below show the beauty that occurs when you speed it up.
This photographer set his Pentax K110D camera equipped with Harbortronics DigiSnap 2100 to take a photo of maturing cornstalks every 29 minutes and 45 seconds over a 10-day period.
Let It Snow
When a massive blizzard swept through Belmar, New Jersey, in December 2010, a local photographer captured the winter wonderland scene every 5 minutes for 20 hours. He then compressed the images so you can watch several feet of snow accumulate in 40 seconds.
Tokyo at Its Finest
London-based cameraman, editor and motion graphics designer Stefan Werc perched his Canon 7D camera on a tripod to snap these thrilling shots of Tokyo. He then used After Effect CS4 to edit them into a 2-minute video capturing the movements of one of the largest cities in the world.
Le Tour du Monde
Paying tribute to Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in 80 Days, duo Romain Pergeaux and Alex Profit spent three weeks touring London, Cairo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York and London, during which they snapped 640 images with a Sony HX5V Cyber-shot. They then condensed the pics into this 80-second video.
It may not be the most appetizing video, but the decomposition of these fruits and veggies is definitely interesting. Over a span of 74 days, Henry at Webiocosm.com took a photo of fresh produce in a large tub under his house every 40 minutes with his Canon PowerShot S3 IS. Using GBTimelapse software, he then played the images back at 30 frames per second.
We’ve all seen a cup of ice turn to water, but definitely not this quickly. Another time-lapse work by Henry, this video was shot with his Canon Power Shot S3 IS camera, and was then converted into video with GBTimelapse software at 30 frames per second.
Fire and Rain
Colorado-based artist Justin VanAlstyne is the force behind this scenic video of Wellington, Colorado, from three years ago, when he filmed a calm sunset with storm clouds brewing over the horizon.
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