Police Officer Spends His Vacation Creating Awesome Timelapse Of Severe Weather

supercellWorking full time as a police officer in California, photography started as just a hobby for Jeff Boyce. Though he’s been interested in taking photos for the past couple of years, it wasn’t until this year that Boyce was ready to take on the daunting world of time lapse. Two weeks ago, Boyce released one of his first attempts at the art form and, boy, did he knock it out of the park.

Combining his love for storm chasing–a hobby picked up in 2014–and his love for photography, Boyce took a 5-week long break from his duties as an officer to travel around the country capturing timelapse of some wicked intense weather. Boyce had no plans as he pulled out of his driveway, embarking on the journey. Rather, he frequently checked the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center for an indication on where he should be heading. Boyce said on some days he would travel upwards of 600 miles just to get where the action may or may not happen. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of sleep happening on this trip. [Read more…]

Watch 3 Days of Video Editing on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ in 2-Minute Timelapse


The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is a huge clash of tastes for me.  First, I love black and white photography and videography, which I believe partly springs from how I look at life – as black and white, yes or no, on or off.  Secondly, the production quality is great and appeals to my cinematic tastes.  However, I strongly dislike rap music and feel that this song, in particular, is offensive to the very demographic he is rapping about.

But, be that as it may, the editing skill of Vinnie Hobbs in the final product is amazing.  Vinnie was generous enough to give us a look behind the scenes with a timelapse video (after the jump) of his process across the three days of editing it took to compile the footage, edit effects, and present a polished piece.

(Warning:  Strong and offensive language in the videos.)

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This Timelapse From Mars Shows Rover’s 42Km, 12 Years Journey


Usually we share timelapses of the most beautiful places on earth, resolution goes up to 8K, and sound design is spectacular. This next movie however, was not shot on earth, sound is crap and resolution looks like something from the 80’s.

This 8 minutes timelapse documents NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover – Opportunity traveling 42.2 kilometers (a full marathon if you will), over roughly 12 years. The Rover started it journey on January 2004 and the footage goes up to 2014 (the rover is still going though).

The photos are not coming from a high-end camera, but rather from the hazard-avoidance cameras mounted on the little vehicle and used to…. avoid obstacles while zooming through. Those are “two B&W cameras with 120 degree field of view, that provide additional data about the rover’s surroundings“.

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DIY Hyperlapse Cable Cam Cart for Use With Syrp Genie

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One of the most versatile and useful products on the market today for time lapse and live action video motion control is the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H).

To me, the biggest capability of the Genie that separates it from other time lapse and live action motion control devices is its ability to run long distance cable cam shots – there is no other device on the market that can do this.

But, in order to run a cable cam sequence – you first need a cable cam cart.

In this article, I will share the details of my DIY hyperlapse cable cam cart that I built for use with the Syrp Genie.

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This Time Lapse Of Hatching Bees Will Give You Nightmares


We all have this primal fear of bees. And while bees are generally a peaceful bunch, something about the buzz, furry appearance and the notion of a sting just hammers my head when I see one.

If that was not enough to keep one sleepless photographer Anand Varma did a 78 seconds time lapse video showing how a bee transforms from egg to larva to adult. The kinda of stuff nightmares are made of.

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Shooting A Timelapse With A D4 And A 300 Microns PCB Pinhole

Sometimes taking a good pinhole timelapse just means going over the top with the gear used both for the actual shooting and creating the (pin)hole. Such was the case for Alexy Frangieh who used a Nikon D4 to record a pinhole timelapse.

Alexy also used state of the art PCB milling machine to create a 0.3mm (or 300 microns) wide hole.

To use the hole, Alexy “denikonized” a cheap body cap, creating a groove and a hole for the a CNCed and drilled PCB to go in.

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A Serenity Inspiring Timelapse Shot At Uyuni – The Largest Sea Salt In The World


Many of the timelapses that we feature here are heavy on the drama. It feels like a breath of fresh air to feature a timelapse that is all about peace and serenity.

This beautiful timelapse was shot by Enrique Pacheco about a month ago in the sea salt of Uyuni, Bolivia.

This salt sea produced the most perfect reflections which Enrique uses cleverly to create perfectly symmetrical compositions and framing.

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How To Build An Automated Weatherproof Timelapse DSLR Machine Using Raspberry Pi


Madis Projects were booked for a challenging time lapse project. They needed to take a time lapse of a construction site for a long duration and their previous project using a gopro was not satisfactory.

They also needed a 15 minutes interval, endless photo storage, remote management and web uploads.

What did they do? They built a lean mean weather proof DSLR time lapse machine using Raspberry Pi.

The basic building blocks were an old D40, a Raspberry Pi board, a rugged explorer case, an Eye-fi card and an old router.

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Gotham City SF Features Entrancing Black And White Footage Of The City By The Bay


Outside of pushing resolution to all new heights, a lot of the techniques being used in timelapse photography at the moment are somewhat stale. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a departure from the norm surface in the vast pool of timelapse videos. Toby Harriman’s Gotham City SF is just that. We’re used to seeing cityscapes and San Francisco, the beautiful town it is, is a frequent muse to photographers. Harriman, however, spent well over a year looking at the city in monochrome from all different perspectives.

And if all that fancy camera work isn’t enough for you, it’s paired with an incredible soundtrack that was composed by a very gifted 14 year old composer by the name of James Everingham[Read more…]