Time Lapse Photography (Movie)

Here’s a time lapse movie I made with a 10-year old Apple QuickTake digital camera! It includes rolling clouds, a sunset with lens flare, a moonrise shot through 7x50 binoculars, house construction, etc. I put the camera on my telescope’s tripod and set the motor to spin at the sidereal rate; this created a very slow pan effect. All clips were put together in the sequence editor.

The skinned QuickTime movie won’t look as intended in a browser window. If you can, download it to your hard drive and play it from there. To reposition the window, click and drag on anything but the movie. Right-clicking pops up a menu. If you don’t have QuickTime, see the second link.

12MB skinned mpeg-4:

11.5MB unskinned mpeg-1:

Both formats use the same bitrate; if the quality seems low, it’s because the camera’s lossy compression algorithm isn’t that great.

sadly not much happening, mostly panning… it would’ve been interesting to see more on how the builders work, and perhaps what happens when people arrive from work and get up in morning.


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, not a ton of action, however the shot of the sun going down was absolutely amazing. I’m now thinking of how I want to incorporate that into an animation. So did you just sit with the camera and pan it a little at a time, or did you have it mounted on a mechanized system? You did a great job, just maybe more stuff going on would be nice.

Man did I love that sunset.

You guys are right – there’s not a whole lot of action in my neighborhood. It’s kind of boring. In the city, there’s too much action. Anyway, I meant to capture just the clouds and changing sky.

There were a few cars and people passing by, but I edited them out because they were only caught in a few frames and created a flashing effect. I wanted to do more with the workers, but didn’t get a chance. Plus winter came and I couldn’t leave the window open.

The whole thing was automated. I just set it up and let it capture frames for 5 hours at a time.

My brother also likes the sunset. He says it looks like an explosion.