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Timelapse Photography

 The final result of a timelapse sequence is always awe inspiring I find. The camera analyses a particular situation down to the last detail. Details that we normally miss or take for granted.





     Timelapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 25 frames per second. The result is an apparent 25-times speed increase. Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high-speed photography or slow motion.


     Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, for example the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced. Timelapse is the extreme version of the cinematography technique of undercranking, and can be confused with stop motion animation.



   Some typical subjects of timelapse photography include:


  • Cloud and celestrial motion

  • Plants/flower growth and decay

  • Evolution of a construction project

  • City life, people, traffic, skylines

  • Day to night

  • Water movement, waves, boats and waterfalls


     The following films have been filmed by myself over the last couple of years using various cameras from a GoPro 2 to a Nikon D800. Just recently I have acquired a Digislider Dolly to add a little extra dynamic to the sequences. I hope you like the one or other film. 


The camera never lies and when it comes to timelapse you document not just one moment in time but numerous

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