Photographer Kien Lam has been traveling the globe for over a decade. He spent 343 days before the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 shooting this spectacular time-lapse video. In all, he visited 17 countries by plane, train, and bus, and shot more than 6200 images. You can follow Kien’s ongoing adventures at Where and Wander.
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Artist Chris Conrad spent weeks folding this 1:1-scale human from a single uncut piece of paper. The figure has detailed scales and wings, and carries a tiny dragon in a second color. The time-lapse video shows how this incredible creation came together, starting with making the 19×19 foot sheet of paper with his friends.
Time-lapse 3D printing footage can look pretty awesome. Maker Caleb Kraft was wondering if it might be possible to add another layer of interest to models as they print, so he figured out a way to embed an animated flipbook that tells a story as the print is completed. The files are available for download on Printables.
Because of their positions at the top and bottom of the Earth, the North Pole and South Pole experience both the longest and shortest days of the year. This fascinating time-lapse animation shows how the top of our planet goes from 24 hours of sunlight a day in the summertime to complete darkness in the winter.
Porsche takes us inside of one of its factories to see how they create a bespoke 911 GT3 from their Exclusive Manufaktur division. It takes two days to build a car from start to finish, with 1500 workers touching each vehicle along the way. This particular specimen is finished in a gorgeous Gold Bronze Metallic paint.
No matter how many videos we see of the Aurora Borealis, we never get tired of watching this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. To capture this impressive sequence, photographer Vincent Ledvina spent eight nights shooting more than 8000 photographs while staking out the skies over Fort Yukon, Alaska.
Most 3D prints we’ve seen are pretty small. But the guys at Argentina’s Trideo make the Big-T – a $40,000 industrial 3D printer that can crank out precise objects as large as 40″ x 40″ x 42.5″. Watch as it churns out a detailed model of a 39″ tall castle that tool almost 10 days to output. After that, watch it print a horse.
Giant water lilies are as aggressive as they look. They clear the way for growth by crowding out other plants with their spiky, club-like buds, then blocking light beneath the surface with their enormous leaves. This footage from BBC Earth’s The Green Planet provides an up-close look at these plants which can grow 8″ a day.
Artist DP Truong previously showed us how he uses a compass to draw black and white portraits. Now he’s taken that idea to another level by drawing and erasing six Marvel characters in the same spot on the same sheet of paper. The time-lapse footage is as magical as the drawings themselves.
Thanks to the photographic prowess and entomological expertise of Ant Lab, we’ve seen some amazing close-up footage of insects. This time, watch tropical butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises and take flight. Then take a look at the tropical rainforest exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Kaman Air Vehicles makes the K-MAX Aerial Truck, a dual-blade helicopter designed for lifting cargo, disaster response, and search-and-rescue operations. In this time-lapse clip, you’ll see how they build one of the choppers, and then how its blades spin without hitting each other. The helicopter can be flown with a pilot or unmanned.
Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard captured this series of macro time-lapse images of insects being born juxtaposed with the carnivorous plants laying in wait for unsuspecting creatures to wander into their sticky and deadly traps. According to Blanchard, all insects captured were released after filming.
In 2014, farmer Matt Radach captured time-lapse footage of a pumpkin growing from “seed to scale.” But this is no ordinary squash. This monster was birthed from a seed from a world-record-holding giant pumpkin, and by the time it was done, it weighed in at 1223 pounds. Keep your eyes peeled for a Transformers cameo.
The Llangollen Canal is a UK waterway that links Denbighshire, Wales with Hurleston, Cheshire. Machine Thinking takes us on a journey through this 18th-century marvel that incorporates more than 20 locks as well as a pair of impressive aqueducts. It’s no longer used to transport goods and now offers leisurely boat tours.
Artist Eduwoes shows off his unique ability to draw multiple portraits at the same time. It appears that he uses the center pen to doodle tiny versions of the characters in the shadows of Harley Quinn while controlling the outer pens to draw Joker and Batman. It’s also possible the time-lapse is concealing some fakery.
Rolls-Royce shared this brief, but fascinating look at the process of building one of its Pearl 15 jet engines at their factory in Germany. Each engine is assembled by hand by a team of skilled mechanics out of thousands of individual components. This particular engine was later attached to a Bombardier Global 6500 business jet.
If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.
God of War’s protagonist Kratos is one of the most iconic characters in video game history. In this video, the very talented Dr. Garuda walks through the process of sculpting a miniature of the character, first by drawing a 2D reference image, bending a metal armature, building his body from clay, then painting in all the details.
Artist Douglas Pryor specializes in sculpting, raising, chasing, and repousse techniques to produce incredible 3-dimensional metal art. Watch as he hammers a flat sheet of copper into a playful sculpture of a gecko slurping syrup off a stack of pancakes. He’s currently working on an awe-inspiring crocodile.
We previously featured Noah Kalina’s photographic memoir, composed of a selfie a day since January 2000. His previous videos had a staccato look to them, but with AI tech and the help of data scientist Michael Notter, this new video smoothly transitions his aging process over the course of 20+ years.
The New York Times has been publishing the news since September 1851. In this fascinating and hypnotic 2017 video by Josh Begley, he offers up a visual history of the newspaper through the design of its front page. We’d love to see this updated on an annual basis. Best watched in 4K.
Artist Phil Vance paints portraits of famous people using their own words to create their images. In this time-lapse video, he builds up an image of author Hunter S. Thompson, layer by layer. His image of Dave Chappelle made from the words of his 8:46 special is equally incredible.
Water is critical to the survival of almost all living things. This fascinating time-lapse short film by Christian Stangl provides a close-up look at what happens to organics as they run out of moisture. Stangl captured the images using a combination of macro lenses and microscopes. View a selection of stills on Flickr.
Between 2012 and 2020, photographer Keith Loutit captured thousands of frames of footage at locations around Singapore. By revisiting the same places and matching up shots, he chronicled the dramatic changes in the cityscape. The score by composer Michael Adler Miltersen perfectly reinforces the passage of time.
As we’ve seen before, DP Truong has exceptional portrait drawing skills. In this video, the artist wanted to see how long they could draw and how many Marvel characters he could crank out with a single pencil before it wore down to an unusable nub of wood and graphite.
Photographer Joerg Daiber has taken us on some eye-opening journeys around the globe. Now take a virtual vacation a little closer to home with this time-lapse, tilt-shift, aerial footage of the City of Angels. Ravel’s Boléro serves as the perfect musical accompaniment to the bustle of the big city.