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Spotlight: Let's Watch Some Awesome Timelapses

By David Schonauer   Monday July 20, 2020


It’s been a while since we watched some timelapses.

So let’s not waste any more time.

Today we feature three timelapses that have caught our eye in recent weeks. They include Montreal-based art director Christopher Dormoy's “Black Ice,” which, notes PetaPixel, “combines ink, ice, flowers, and creative macro photography filming techniques to produce something truly stunning.”

And speaking of flowers, there’s also filmmaker Joerg Daiber’s “Flower Power in Brussels,” which documents the creation of the biennial Flower Carpet, during which volunteers from around the country get together at Brussels’ Grand Place to “weave a carpet-like tapestry out of colorful begonias.” The resulting creation is made up of nearly a million flowers carefully arranged over 19,000 square feet, notes PetaPixel.

Finally there’s a timelapse released by NASA that pulls together 10 years worth of images of our Sun made by the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. It you have a timelapse you’d like to share, contact us!
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“Black Ice,” by Christopher Dormoy

The 3:48 video is the result of about 4 hours of real-time footage captured over the course of two months using 19 flowers, plus ice and ink.

“Black Ice is a personal project I worked on during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic and the confinement,” Dormoy tells PetaPixel. “I wanted to play with ice, flower and ink and see what kind of universe I can created with the macro and motion timelapse technique. I spent many hours to observe and experiment the ice and how it react with liquids like ink but also, oil, paint and soap. Some effects are hypnotic and surprising.”


“Flower Power In Brussels,” by Joerg Daiber

“The film was shot from three buildings around the Grand Place in Brussels, but most of the shots were taken from the 90-meter high tower of the Brussels Town Hall,” Daiber tells PetaPixel. “It’s basically a long spiral staircase all the way up to the the top. I think over the course of the day I went at least 5 times up and down, getting stuck with my tripod and bumping my head quite a few times in the narrow upper part of the tower and getting more and more dizzy after each run.”


“A Decade of Sun,” from NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes, notes NASA.

“The time-lapse footage shows the rise and fall in activity that occurs as part of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle and has helped scientists understand more about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system,” adds NDTV. “According to NASA, the Sun's magnetic field goes through a cycle, called the solar cycle. Every 11 years or so, the Sun's magnetic field completely flips and its north and south poles switch places.”

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