We've all seen the standard time-lapse videos showing buildings being constructed or traffic rushing through busy city streets — interesting to be sure, but not exactly moving or inspiring. Well, now it's time to take it up a notch. We've assembled six videos below that will make you rethink time-lapse video.
The photographers and filmmakers featured have put countless hours of painstaking work into researching, traveling, hiking, camping, shooting and editing these natural timescapes. They've pushed the concept of time-lapse into a new realm, giving us a glimpse of even more to come.
1. Nambian night sky
Photographer Marsel van Oosten has the world's most extensive library of night images in Namibia from over a decade of visiting the country. Looking for a new challenge, he wanted to put together a time-lapse of his favorite locations. Shot over two years, the video above contains 30 still images per second — over the two-year process, van Oosten took 16,000 photos.
See more on his website.
2. Austrian mountains
Shot all around the country that's shaped like a schnitzel, this time-lapse shows some of Austria's finest scenery with some snappy editing. The video essentially went viral in Austria, with good reason. And we're guessing a few people around the world are now dreaming of a visit to the Northern Alps.
3. Southwest scenes
Cinematographer Tom Lowe put together "Timescapes" during two years of roaming the American Southwest in his pickup truck. The former soldier runs the timescapes.org forum, and is one of the most well-known time-lapse photographers around. Our favorite? The hot-air balloon rally, just after 25 seconds.
4. North American starscapes
To make their piece "Adventure Is Calling," filmmaker Shane Black and a friend set off on a two-month road trip across the USA. Says Black: "During those two months, we traveled across 32 states, visited 13 national and state parks, and drove nearly 13,000 miles in a (somewhat) trusty old Dodge Caravan ... with no cruise control." Adventure, indeed!
5. Northern lights in Norway
Anyone who has done a bit of traveling is fully aware of all the beauty Norway has to offer, and if you haven't been there yet, you'll want to go after seeing these incredible time-lapses. From across the fjords to under the northern lights, there's no question Norway has magic in the air.
6. Storm supercell
It's rare to get a view of a storm quite like this. This rotating storm supercell was chased down in the plains of central Texas by photographer Mike Olbinski. "It took four years but I finally got it," he says. "A rotating supercell. And not just a rotating supercell, but one with insane structure and amazing movement."
We're just glad he was there to film it instead of us!
Want more? See amazing photos of lightning in France.
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