Is it just me, or is timelapse the big thing these days? I’ve seen an increasing number of rather good timelapse videos but a lot of them are beginning to look rather similar. These two, however, blew me away so I thought I would share them. I strongly encourage you to click the “Vimeo” link on the small videos below to watch them in their high resolution glory.
The first video “Within Two Worlds” was produced by Brad Goldpaint. Whereas it contains (albeit lovely examples of) some fairly standard “Milky Way rotating above mountains” clips, it also contains something I’ve not seen before – timelapse sequences including star trails. I’m having fun trying to figure out how he produced those sections.
The second video is built from a large collection of images shot from the International Space Station and is credited to Knate Myers, a photographer from Albuquerque. I don’t need to say any more – just watch it and be amazed.
Photo buddy Mike Olbinski found himself with a golden opportunity on Tuesday. Mike is a huge fan of weather photography (his storm photos are excellent) so when he heard that a huge duststorm was barreling towards downtown Phoenix, he grabbed his gear and headed to a location he knew would provide a good view as the storm rolled in.
A short while later, he had captured the frames needed to build a spectacular time-lapse video of the arrival and, after he posted this to his blog and Vimeo, it went viral extremely quickly!
So far, he’s been interviewed on the Today Show and the video has been shown on both NBC Nightly News and the Weather Channel. On Vimeo alone, it’s had 450,000 views and his own site was taken down by all the traffic to his blog (and is still down as I type this)!
In case you’ve been living under a rock this week, here’s the video that’s causing all the fuss. Well done, Mike – what a capture!
Here’s something fun and different. During my visit to Chicago recently for the FIRST Robotics Competition Midwest Regional, I took along the Canon Powershot G9 and my shiny new Gorillapod Focus. The G9 can shoot timelapse video so I would attach it to various railings in the stadium and shoot the competition or crowd or pits or whatever. I’ve cut together some of this video now and you can see the result below.
I first tried this a couple of years ago at the San Diego Regional and you can find that video here. That one is encoded as an interlaced MPEG-1 file, though, so it doesn’t look as good as the new video which is 480p instead.