If you’re into storm chasing and fantastic timelapse videos, then you’ve probably heard of Mike Olbinski. He has recently published his latest video, and just like before: it’s mind-blowing. You can see a tornado forming right before your eyes, and Mike managed to capture its entire lifecycle that will leave you in awe.
Very long-term timelapse projects such as this have started popping up more and more lately. Given the time when such technology became available that we always had a camera with us in our pockets, it’s not surprising. It was around 8 or so years ago that we started to see not-completely-terrible cameras appearing in our phones.
Most of the projects like this that we’ve seen so far, though are made by men. This one, though, isn’t. It’s been created by a design student who goes by the name Eadington. She says that she was inspired to start the project after seeing some other selfie-a-day projects. and it’s mesmerising to see the dramatic change in appearance from such a young age until now.
“Gigapixel” and “Timelapse” aren’t phrases one often hears together. Both, individually, require massive amounts of storage to do well. When combined, things start to get a bit ridiculous. It’s been done before, though, at least as early as 2010, when Carnegie Mellon University’s CreateLAB made this.
Now, UK contact lens retailer Lens Store has teamed up with Nikon, Canary Wharf Group and photographer Henry Stuart to produce 24 Hour London, a 7.3 Gigapixel “timelapse” covering a 24 hour period over the city of London. The use of the word timelapse is a bit debatable here, but it’s definitely pretty cool.
Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović of Skyglow Project are known for their captivating timelapse projects. In their latest video named SKYGLOW: NYC, they have tried something new. In honor of the Dark Sky Week, they created a timelapse that imagines what New York City would look like with starry skies, without light pollution.
When SYRP first introduced the Genie in 2012, we did not quite know how to swallow this new animal. It was a motorized panning head, but it had a wire-wrapping function that allowed to travel great distances, creating some very interesting results. Ever since SYRP evolved the system to include a second motor, a pan-tilt head a Cable Cam and a complete eco-system in general.
Now, the company is releasing their second version of the Genie – Genie II, and I have to say it makes a lot of sense.
The two most notable things are integrating PAN and TILT into a single unit. I mean, you could always kinda pan and tilt with the Genie, but it was a cumbersome solution involving a big bracket and two Genie minis. No,w this function seems a lot more mature and integrated.
The other big thing is that SYRP is bringing their app control (bluetooth) to the main unit. I have not seen the app yet, but I assume it will be similar to the app that drives the mini which is pretty easy to use.
You guys remember that super blue moon eclipse a couple of months ago, right? Well, while many of us were sitting at home watching it on our computer screens, photographer William Briscoe was out in the Alaskan snow shooting 360° timelapse. And this 8K 360° video captures the beautiful the Aurora Borealis in the middle of it.
Shot on January 31st just near Fairbanks Alaska, William’s film has a fantastic view of the light show as the moon crosses the sky and temporarily disappears into blackness. If you have a VR goggles, or a headset to hold your phone, then just hit play, sit back and relax. It’s only just over a minute long, but it’s a gorgeous sight to see.
Motion control has so many applications for both photographers as well as filmmakers. From creating 360° stitched stills with your DSLR to moving timelapse and video sequences. There are a lot of complete solutions out there for this, and there are also many plans out there for completely scratch built DIY projects. But there’s very little that sits in between.
PINE aims to change that. It’s not a complete motion control system, it’s just the controller. It lets you control up to four motors from a single unit, and you can chain multiple units together. And it will let you do this wirelessly using a mobile app on your phone. PINE is currently being funded through Kickstarter,
Last year I scored a really amazing gig. I had a two-week shoot for a tour company in the Canadian Rockies creating promotional content for their boutique medical conference. One of the best things about that gig was the chance to shoot some stunning sites out in the Banff National Park.
I wanted to try out my skills at nightscapes in some of the most stunning parts of the world to shoot them. The challenge though was that I had to be shooting the whole day from about 7am till 10pm or 11pm most nights.Then I would get back to my hotel room and have to back up cards, charge batteries and get everything ready for the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t have that much energy left to stay up all night shooting the stars most nights. But I wasn’t going to be deterred by a little thing like no energy! Instead, I tried to shoot out of the window of my hotel room.
This of course lead to some technical challenges and, if I do say so myself, some McGyver-like solutions.
Every once in a while, a timelapse comes along that just takes your breath away. You could take almost any frame from such films and it stands up on its own as a still photography. Alive, by German filmmaker Florian “Flo” Nick, is one such timelapse film. It was shot over 5,500km travelled in six weeks exploring the vast landscapes of Alberta and British Columbia. And it’s is absolutely beautiful.