Photo Basics: Time Lapse

3 05 2009

Who isn’t entranced by video that stretch or compress time?

Slo-mo, familiar to all sports fans, allows us to stretch time: a bullet cutting a playing card in half, with the bits of paper flying everywhere, or the bursting balloon with the water retaining its cohesion and shape after the taut rubber has snapped back to its original size, and then spewing droplets of water everywhere.

Time lapse is at the other extreme, allowing us to watch clouds stream across the sky, cars rocket across a landscape, a flower blossoming, a plant growing, or a glacier melt back 100 feet in a matter of minutes.

Time warping clearly gives us a different perspective on events surrounding us.

This article from the Digital Photography School, which we’ve tapped before, gives us the basics of time lapse photography.

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