At NASA, scientists were looking at the sky on Independence Day for other reasons than fireworks. On the 4th of July, their Juno spacecraft finally entered Jupiter’s orbit, after having traveled for more than 5 years. But before being brought into orbit, Juno’s JunoCam ha captured a unique time-lapse movie of the Galilean “satellites” (moons) in motion about Jupiter.
Toby Harriman is quickly becoming one of my favorite timelapsers (he and Michael Shainblum are killing it). He’s the kind of guy who makes me claw at my windows, wishing I was traveling instead of being chained to a desk. And you know, that’s a good thing. We need people to remind us what the world looks like beyond the familiar walls, and that’s something at which Toby is really becoming an artist. His latest video, Chasing Weather, is a combination of clips taken in Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Chicago and Hawaii. It’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
Though not a heck of a lot of information is available yet, Emotimo has announced that they are releasing a brand new motion control device called the Spectrum. The only bit of information they provide is: “The spectrum is the most ambitious motion control camera robot we have ever made. Shooting timelapse, stop-motion, real-time video and even high-speed sequences, the spectrum is tremendously capable and in a class of its own.” That, and it will cost less than $5000.
Over the course of two autumns, filmmaker Toby Harriman compiled some truly stunning footage of Colorado. “During September and October of 2013 and 2015 I drove from San Francisco back to my birth state of Colorado to experience a bit fall. Growing up there, I was young and not really into photography yet. So it is amazing to go back every year now and see it with a whole new perspective.” Toby shot a good amount of the footage with a Canon 6D and a 5D Mark III, but complimented a lot of the timelapses with his iPhone 6S Plus. The aerial footage was all taken with a DJI Inspire.
I have never attempted stop motion, but I do appreciate a great stop motion film. One of the reasons I have never attempted it is because I’m deathly afraid of how long it would take and how much patience it would require. Well, after watching this video, which splices a final commercial with behind the scenes footage, I’m more convinced that the medium just isn’t for me.
Star timelapses, or starlapses for short, are both visually impressive and difficult to pull off without a little direction. In this video from the guys at Syrp, Mark Gee explains how he sets up for his star timelapses.
Filmmaker Joerg Daiber shot this timelapse on this Panasonic GH2 and added tilt shift effects in post in order to make one of the most densely populated cities on earth look no larger than a dining table. “Monaco is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. A population of about 37,800 is living on an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi).”
Is it the stellar visuals? The music? The pacing? I think it’s everything, and the combination of what filmmaker and storm chaser Mike Olbinski does in “The Chase” makes us want to watch this over and over again. His timelapse technique is pretty flawless. What makes great timelapse is understanding speed, camera motion, framing, and subject matter. When you watch this film, you get lost in what you’re seeing, and the camera effects become secondary, even for filmmakers whose job it is to make movies like this. That is a sign he completely nailed it.