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5 great time-lapse videos and one you're not going to believe

3. Lovely landscapes

Time-lapses and landscapes can mesh together in a truly magical fashion. The clock speeds up as clouds stream across the sky and reflect in pools of water in “Landscapes: Volume Two” from photographer Dustin Farrell. Farrell covers a lot of ground in both Arizona and Utah, highlighting the region’s artful rock formations and tough desert plants. Naturally, one of Arizona’s famous saguaro cactuses makes a cameo appearance.

At one point in the video, Farrell’s camera peers out through a curved rock arch at a lightning storm flashing on the night sky horizon. It’s an otherworldly view that communicates both the beauty and strength of nature. The sky is the star of the video, whether it’s a dark view dotted with streaking points of light or a sunset burning with intense reds and yellows.

As you can guess from the title, the video is the second in a three-part series. You can catch Farrell’s other scenic time-lapse works in “Volume 1” and “Volume 3.”

4. Mirror universe

Photographer Michael Shainblum wanted to explore time-lapse photography as a form of abstract art. His “Mirror City Timelapse” uses images of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, but adds kaleidoscope-style visuals into the mix. This isn’t your standard time-lapse. “I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation,” Shainblum notes.

“Mirror City” starts off with recognizable locations, but the mirrored viewpoints give it a look reminiscent of some of the strange cityscapes in the mind-bending 2010 hit movie “Inception.” It just gets wilder from there as the kaleidoscope effect kicks into overdrive. It’s a fascinating and unusual use of time-lapse that you can’t look away from.

5. Visit the Lion City

Singapore is also known by the nickname “Lion City.” Photographer Keith Loutit’s “The Lion City II - Majulah” is a beauty of a time-lapse video showing a lot of different facets of the island nation. Some of the most intriguing sections follow the construction of various buildings. Rebar rises from the ground, cranes rotate, and workers crawl like ants across the scene.

It took years to make this video happen. “When we pass by landscapes they appear fixed in time, but they change around us constantly. The idea behind this film is to reveal this change by returning to the same camera positions over the years,” writes Loutit.

A modern soundtrack propels us through urban landscapes as the sun rises and sets in a ball of fire. Singapore’s busy docks and shipping lines get their moment in the spotlight. The video gives us a sense of an industrious world as Singapore pulses with new construction and busy, light-streaked streets.

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