Time is relative, especially when it comes to the haunting genre of time-lapse photography. Hours become seconds. Days and years become minutes.
Time-lapse videos are created by taking a series of photos over the course of time and then stitching them together into footage that moves much more quickly than it was originally photographed. These videos can highlight dramatic changes in lighting, the shifting of landscapes over time, or a flower opening its petals in mere moments.
Here is a collection of outstanding time-lapse videos that will take you around the world and transport you across time in spectacular fashion:
1. Travel through Europe
Photographer Stan Chang brings his “A” game in an epic video shot with a pair of Nikon cameras throughout the cities and countrysides of Europe. The video spans 30 countries and uses over 200,000 individual images. A soaring soundtrack brings it all home as you travel with Chang across Iceland, the U.K., Greece, Croatia, and a long list of other lovely locales.
The sunsets over ancient cities, waterfalls roll, starry skies rotate over frozen water, and the Northern Lights send out ethereal plumes of green. This is the sort of footage you will want to watch in full-screen mode on the biggest display you can find. “I think that everybody needs to take a trip and have their eyes opened to just how beautiful the world is,” Chang writes.
2. Orbiting over hurricanes
The astronauts on board the International Space Station have a unique view of the weather patterns we all live under down on Earth. In 2016, a true weather rarity occurred when three separate hurricanes popped up across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The space station, which orbits the planet about 16 times per day, saw all of them from above. NASA released a fascinating time-lapse video of the event.
The three hurricanes on display are Lester and Madeline in the Pacific Ocean and Gaston in the Atlantic Ocean. You can see part of the space station in the footage, which gives you an astronaut’s eye look at the frightening storms. There’s no music. The sight of the swirling clouds below is all the drama you need. It’s a completely different way of looking at intense weather.