Time-lapse is a tricky art to master. If you fancy some inspiration, check out some of the work from people who have got it down to a fine art
1. The Mountain by TSO Photography
Taken from up on Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, this gorgeously serene time-lapse from TSO photography edits together several different perspectives, from roiling clouds in the Spanish sun to the night sky seeming to move as the Earth turns on its axis. Highlight comes at 0:32, where we see the Milky Way through the lens of a distant sandstorm.
2. ‘The Lion City’ by Keith Loutit (Tilt-shift time-lapse)
Keith Loutit brings a whole new perspective to Singapore with his tilt-shift timelapse. Watching the bokeh ripple through and consume the cityscapes is mesmerising.
3. BEYOND NATURE Iceland Timelapse by aprilgarden
Some stunning pans over the waters, coasts and falls of Iceland, complete with appropriately dramatic skies and sunsets.
4. Norway – A Time-lapse Adventure by Rustad Media
This masterful time-lapse was a five-month project for photographer Morton Rustad, taking in all of Norway’s 19 counties. The fjords and the Northern Lights are as beautiful as you’d expect, though the standout moment comes when the sun rises magnificently through the mountains, starting at 01:20. This video impressed one of our technical writers so much that he selected it as his favourite image of 2014, despite the fact that it is a video. That is the power of this time-lapse.
4. 360° Video using 6 GoPro Cameras – spherical panorama timelapse by j0n4s
A break from landscapes – a spherical timelapse of cycling and driving by Jonas Ginter, shot with six GoPro cameras on a custom 3D-printed mount. Further attempts to explain will only confuse you – just watch it. There are some behind-the-scenes pictures at Jonas’s blog (German).
5. Amazing Kazakhstan by Denis Frantsouzov
Two weeks of travelling in Kazakhstan results in this wonderfully varied sequence, featuring windswept deserts, lonely roads and the truly beautiful view of the night sky in the preview still above.
6. Adventure Is Calling by Shane Black
You may have dreamed of packing in the day job and heading off to explore the world, but Shane Black and his friends actually did it. The result was this fantastic timelapse taken from more than 10,000 images of their travels in America, so impressive that National Geographic picked it up almost as soon as it was published.
It’s also notable for featuring the exact same background music as ‘Amazing Kazakhstan’. If you’re playing AP’s Official Time-lapse Drinking Rules (trademarked), take a shot.
7. Boston Layer-Lapse by Julian Tryba
Julian Tryba took time-lapse to a new place with what he claimed to be the world’s first ‘Layer-lapse’ – a time-lapse of Boston where different times of day are shown in different parts of the frame, melding day and night together.
8. Mirror City Timelapse by Michael Shainblum
This kaleidoscopic trip through several American cities is an absolute must-watch. Michael Shainblum wanted to do soemthing unique and different with time-lapse, and his mirrored images of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
9. Landscapes: Volume 4K by Dustin Farrell
Dustin Farrell has made four time-lapse videos in his Landscapes series in the last four years – he is not a man to be hurried. It’s worth it though, because his videos are utterly sublime. This compilation shows off some of his finest moments, though it’s worth heading to his profile to watch the whole lot.