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Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Artist Heather Rooney shows off her incredible talent for drawing photorealistic portraits using Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. Her work is so good that some of her subjects look better than they do in real life. Check out her YouTube channel for more.

Bridge-Building Machine

Bridge-Building Machine

If you ever wondered how they add sections to a bridge these days, check out this incredible time-lapse of an industrial bridge-building machine that can cantilever itself out between pillars, and then slide pre-fab sections into place as it crawls forward.

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100 Years of Halloween Costumes

100 Years of Halloween Costumes

Mode recounts some of the many different costumes that have been worn by women celebrating Halloween since the early 1900s. The looks range from creepy, to weird, to funny, to sexy. Is it just us or does that first mask remind you of that movie Frank?

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Austin Mann shows us just how good smartphone cameras have gotten, with this impressive footage of the play between light and clouds in the Swiss Alps – shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. We had no idea how much better the video stabilization was until now.

Timeless Dreams

Timeless Dreams

Julian Tryba edited the footage that he and his friend Mike Sutton took of the American Southwest into a mesmerizing layer-lapse, where parts of different time-lapse shots are merged into the same frame. The song is Kygo’s remix of M83’s Wait.

Imagination

Imagination

PermaGrin Films’ tribute to childhood is one of the most complex stop-motion/time-lapse videos ever. It was filmed over the course of one-and-a-half years and in various locations. We’re not fans of the Pure Imagination remix they used, but we can’t argue with the result.

The $4000, 10-Month Suit

The $4000, 10-Month Suit

(Gore) After making a sandwich from scratch, How to Make Everything spent nearly an entire year gathering plants, harassing and harming animals, weaving, knitting and more to make a suit. If you thought the sandwich was bad…

Peeling a Car

Peeling a Car

There’s something that’s immensely satisfying about watching how neatly and easily this Plasti Dip spray-on car coating peels off in big sheets when you want to change the color of your car on a whim. The process starts at 1:15, and took about 1/2 hour in real time.

The $1500, 6-Month Sandwich

The $1500, 6-Month Sandwich

YouTuber How to Make Everything spent half a year making a sandwich. Like really making one: he either grew or made the components from scratch or gathered them by hand. It was worth it. For us. Longer clips here.

To Scale: The Solar System

To Scale: The Solar System

Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh wanted to create an accurate scale model of our solar system, since it turns out existing models cheat to make things easier to visualize. The finished product required time, planning, seven miles of dry lake bed, and a mountain of creativity.

Mindblowing Freehand Illustration

Mindblowing Freehand Illustration

Time-lapse footage of artist Kim Jung Gi (NSFW link) as he creates an intricate wall-sized illustration. The level of detail he achieves with no visual frame of reference is staggering. Every time you think he’s done, he adds more to the canvas. More on YouTube.

Caterpillar to Butterfly Time-Lapse

Caterpillar to Butterfly Time-Lapse

YouTuber FrontYardVideo captured a monarch butterfly’s metamorphosis from a larva, into a pupa and finally into an adult. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s most wonderful life cycles, perhaps second only to David Bowie’s.

Container Ship Time-Lapse

Container Ship Time-Lapse

This incredible 4K time-lapse by Toby Smith was taken aboard the Gunhilde Maersk, a large container ship, as it makes its way from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Ningbo, China. The visual spectacle that plays out before us more than makes up for the lack of sound.

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Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

Nature photographer Luke Taylor made this time-lapse video of last July’s second full moon from his hometown of Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. He shot this about 3 miles away from the lighthouse in the video. Music by Jessica Roemischer.

Seoul Day-to-Night Time-Lapse

Seoul Day-to-Night Time-Lapse

South Korea food blogger ROK On! Spent a total of three years shooting, traveling and editing for this amazing collection of day-to-night transitions from various rooftops and other high vantage points in Seoul.

Tiny Airport

Tiny Airport

There are tons of tilt-shifted, time-lapse videos out there, but the tiny toy effect is especially effective in this video by Darwinfish105, as he makes the airplanes and ground crews at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport look like living miniatures.

Paris in 4K

Paris in 4K

Photographer Sacha Luisada takes us on a tour through some of the most scenic and iconic locations in Paris, France. Shot as a combination of time-lapse footage and smooth motion video courtesy of a Glidecam XR2000.

Diehard Detroit

Diehard Detroit

LittleBigWorld’s Joerg Daiber created this aerial tilt-shifted time-lapse of the decrepit urban ruins of Detroit, Michigan, leading into the areas in which growth and development are starting to take hold to revitalize this great American city.

4 Minutes in Alaska

4 Minutes in Alaska

Microsoft sent us on an epic adventure to Alaska to learn from NatGeo photographer Stephen Alvarez, and shoot photos and video with their Lumia 640XL smartphone. Here’s the time-lapse version of our journey. Hi-res images here.

9,000,000 Words

9,000,000 Words

Director Patrick Weldon of Figurehead Media House created this stunning motion time-lapse, that starts with simple images of farmland, but gradually escalates into an ocular feast of night skies, cityscapes, and awe-inspiring locales.

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Grinding Away a Motorcycle Engine

Grinding Away a Motorcycle Engine

To demonstrate the power of abrasive cutting discs from 3M, they gradually sanded away an entire motorcycle engine, layer-by-layer, until half of the engine was gone. Or play it backwards to watch the world’s fastest 3D printer.

Eylenda

Eylenda

Two Audiovisual Media students from Stuttgart Media University spent two weeks in Iceland to make this 4K time lapse video, featuring the island nation’s stunning landscapes and some of its wildlife.

Airport Tilt-shift Time Lapse

Airport Tilt-shift Time Lapse

Photographer darwinfish105 turned Tokyo International Airport into a calming sight by miniaturizing and speeding up the hustle and bustle in and around it. I Am Robot and Proud’s Summer Colour also helped set the tone.

Edge of Stability

Edge of Stability

Photographer Jeff Boyce shot over 70,000 images to create this impressive time-lapse video of storms, stars and skies. No fancy hyperlapse, no quick cuts or zooms. Just a sharp and steady eye watching nature do its thing.

Loving Lanka

Loving Lanka

At the end of 2014 Sebastian Linda quit his jobs, got married then traveled to Sri Lanka. This hyperlapse video not only preserves their honeymoon, but a rumination of how one’s present state can redefine their past.

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