When Canon announced the 5d mkII digital SLR camera, many photographers instantly became HD videographers as well.   In addition to being a 21mp still camera the second generation 5d captures 1080p HD video.  While this was never meant to replace a real digital video camera due to hardware limitations and memory card sizes, it does allow users to create short video clips of stunning quality, partly due to the wide array of lenses available.

One of the more fascinating things these new videographers are doing is time-lapse video footage.  A time-lapse photograph involves setting a camera on a tripod for several minutes to several hours, leaving the shutter open and allowing movement to be captured.  In the amazing photo below, a film camera was used for several hours at night and the circular motion of the stars is actually from the earth’s rotation.

Star Trails

Using the basic idea but with snippits of short video that is then merged together, very high quality time-lapse videos have started to appear on the Internet.

One of the first that really caught my eye was done by William Castleman entitled Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party.


Tom from Timescapes specializes in time-lapse cinematography and has a great collection on his website and Vimeo.



And here’s a short stop motion trip through Barcelona by dubassy.


As a photographer I find this stuff amazingly intriguing, yet don’t have the patience to create them on my own.  I do look forward to seeing this new trend evolve though.