Experiments in Time Travel

One of the things I love the most about my photographic journey is my experiments in time travel. Yup, time travel is possible!

I know this sounds crazy, but I consider timelapse photography a version of time travel. What is a timelapse? It could be an hour, an overnight, or even months at a time. Photographs are taken at a set interval and then compiled at a standard frame rate (24 or 30 frames per second) into a movie. If you can’t tell, this art is extremely time-consuming (ironically enough) on several fronts. Timelapse photography is extremely demanding on your camera (a quick way to put some serious wear on our shutter) and to your computer (as you are dealing with tens to hundreds of gigabytes of photos).

However, the final effect is mindblowing. You can see the passage of time and it’s effects (albeit at an increased rate). Especially for the timelapses that span months of shooting before being compiled into a short clip, you can see basically how time flows through our reality.

So, I’ve been experimenting with timelapses myself. My timelapse of our move from Baltimore to Sunnyvale is so far my most ambitious project to date (and currently my best).  But, I’m not sitting still. By acquiring various parts for my DSLR’s such as intervalometers and wall plugs, I’m using my patio to test some frame rate, angle, and length variables in my desire to get better. I have a long way to go, but here is some of the work I’ve created so far.

I firmly believe the future is visual and the proliferation of timelapse photography is a great example of how this vision of the future is coming true. Even cellphones (running Android OS 4.0 or later) are beginning to have the intervalometer feature (taking photos at certain intervals so you can combine them later). I can’t wait to see some of the fantastic work that will be created (and hopefully mine is in that category as well).

Are there any great timelapses that you like? Share them in the comments!


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