What the Heck is Timelapse?

Let’s illustrate with a really cool example…

According to the good folks of Wikipedia…

Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that which will be used to play the sequence back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, and then played back at 30 frames per second; the result would be an apparent increase of speed by 30 times. 

Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, such as the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced.  Another example: Watching a 125 foot tall dam on the White Salmon River be removed in one minute. (ok, that last part’s not from Wikipedia)


One thought on “What the Heck is Timelapse?

  1. Aloha Gentleman,

    Steve, you may remember me, I used to work for Pat Connolly with the USGS crew. I am delighted to find that you’ve set up time lapse cameras! I am now working in Honolulu and am going to miss the dam removal action. Can’t wait to ‘see’ it through your lense!! Can’t wait to come back to visit a free-flowing White Salmon!!!


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