THE BEST Time Lapse

Ascendance

Ascendance

Henry Jun Wah Lee went to California’s Joshua Tree National Park and Ancient Bristlecone Forest to capture the Perseid meteor shower this past August, but our planet put on quite a show as well.

12.5 Years of Noah

12.5 Years of Noah

Photographer Noah Kalina started taking a picture of himself daily on January 11, 2000, and hasn’t missed a day since. That’s dedication. Or narcissism. Here are his pictures up ’til June 2012.

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Empire State of Pen

Empire State of Pen

Artist Patrick Vale draws the view of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building. It took Vale about 5 days on and off to finish the drawing. The song is Moanin’ by Charles Mingus.

A Day in Rio de Janeiro

A Day in Rio de Janeiro

Joe Simon used a Canon 5D Mk. III to shoot this time-lapse of the world famous city, a gem formed out of both the mountains and the sea. The song is An Ocean Tumbled By by Lowercase Noises.

5 Year Hair-Lapse

5 Year Hair-Lapse

A guy with a knack for changing his hairdos, facial hair (and t-shirts) snapped a still of himself every day over the course of five years, then assembled his ever-changing look into a 4-minute time-lapse.

Dream Music

Dream Music

It took Marc Donahue and Sean Michael Williams a total of 6 months to film this medley music video. That’s about 6 to 8 hours of work for 3 to 4 seconds of footage. Watch Part 1 here.

NightFall

NightFall

Los Angeles is not a cold, dead place. The latest time-lapse video from photographer Colin Rich highlights the energy of the city from sunup to sundown. The song is Echoes of Mine by M83.

Lollapalooza Evac Time Lapse

Lollapalooza Evac Time Lapse

No matter what your opinion of the megafest is, you have to hand it to the Lollapalooza organizers for getting the capacity crowd out of the path of this dangerous storm and safely back to raging.

Ants vs. Gecko

Ants vs. Gecko

Nature. It’s disgusting. Watch in amazement and horror as numerous ants devour this recently-deceased gecko over the course of 38 hours, and captured as a time-lapse.

EuroLapse

EuroLapse

A time-lapse video of various European cities taken by David Smith using a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-16mm lens. List of cities here. The song is Journey’s End by Blackmill.

Batman Speed Art

Batman Speed Art

Artist DuksArts used his creative skills and Photoshop to create this awesome illustration of The Dark Knight in about three hours. Here, we see the whole process boiled down to 3 minutes.

Super Mario 3D Chalk Art

Super Mario 3D Chalk Art

Watch an illusion come alive before your eyes in this time lapse video by Mike Larremore, showing Chris Carlson making a 3D chalk drawing of Mario and a NES controller. Dat D-Pad o__o.

Lights over Lapland

Lights over Lapland

Perhaps the best ever time-lapse photography of the Aurora Borealis, Chad Blakley assembled 3 years of DSLR footage to create this awe-inspiring demonstration of Mother Nature’s spectacle.

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Luftbanza Airlines

Luftbanza Airlines

A time-lapse video showing how Alexander Koshelkov put together this 1920 x 1080 wallpaper using Photoshop. It took him 4 hours, 17 minutes, and 244 layers to create this dramatic image.

Terra Sacra

Terra Sacra

A collection of time-lapse videos of landscapes, ancient landmarks and the night sky. Sean F. White compiled the images over a period of 6 years, traveling to 24 countries across all 7 continents.

Disney-lapse

Disney-lapse

It took Daniel Navarrete a year and over 30,000 individual photos to create this time-lapse video, but it does a great job sharing the experience of Disneyland – without having to wait in long lines.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

A time-lapse look back at the last 7 years of construction of the new tower at One World Trade Center as it starts from nothing and just this week became the tallest building in New York.

From Birth to 12 Years Old

From Birth to 12 Years Old

Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter Lotte every week, starting from when she was born until she turned 12. Watch her grow and become more talkative and comfortable in front of the camera.

A Strat is Born

A Strat is Born

Fender gives us a time-lapse view of how its manufacturing facility in Corona, California makes the company’s world famous Stratocaster guitar. The song is Dangerous Madness by Wayne Kramer.

The View from the ISS

The View from the ISS

Alex Rivest assembled publicly available videos and images gathered by the NASA Johnson Space Center to create this time-lapse video showing the lights both above and on our planet.

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Introducing…

Introducing…

A proud couple chronicles the development of their baby before she was born by taking time-lapse pictures of her mother’s growing belly. If only giving birth was that easy.

Project Yosemite

Project Yosemite

Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty’s Project Yosemite captures the majestic park in time lapse and shows us how to make friends; they were strangers before Vimeo. (Thanks Jeremiah!)

Coffee Cup Stain Painting

Coffee Cup Stain Painting

We’ve seen OhiseeRED use a basketball to paint. This time she uses a coffee cup, making ring-shaped stains to paint a portrait of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. It took her 12 hours to finish it.

Exposure

Exposure

You may recall Antony Gormley’s sculptures. Turns out he supersized things in 2010, erecting an 85 foot-tall metal man in the Dutch town of Lelystad. We wonder how tall he’d be if he stood up.

Yolk

Yolk

Similarly to his unpeeled tangerine painting, artist Duane Keiser makes omelettes art from his broken egg in this progressive, time-lapse painting, shot one day at a time, then animated.

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