Fang Talks

21/01/2011 never forget
27 07 14


You’ve probably seen a couple already.

Whether it’s of a drawing being made, space-y night skies, people or dead things being eaten by ants, time-lapse videos are always fascinating. The technique itself is really cool, but the results it produces are even better! It’s so satisfying watching time fly by, reducing a long process to a short, three-minute video.

I think it’s because time-lapses allow us to see things we otherwise wouldn’t. Sure you can take a look at a plant every day, but you won’t ever see it grow. You’ll have the “hey it uses to be smaller” moment, but the growth process is invisible to your perception. Even if you were to keep your eyes on the thing 24/7 you probably wouldn’t see anything. It’s just too slow.

And then time-lapse comes in, essentially displaying the process at a much higher speed. And suddenly you see all the change something goes through, how drastically it differs from time to time. In a sense, it gives you the big picture.

But what if we went larger in scope? A random sunrise, fuck that. I want to see a bird-eye view time-lapse of an entire continent over a hundred years. Now that would bring people to theaters! Hell, it’d be really cool if we could do this for times already passed as well, but sadly we can’t see into the past (yet).

Oh and for those wondering, yes, you can watch paint dry in high speed. It’s still just as boring.
~ Fang


  • 28/07/2014 (2:34 PM)

    If you’re in the mood to think, there’s a great film called Koyaanisqatsi that’s essentially a huge time-lapse of the earth set to music. It’s worth a watch at least once if you haven’t seen it.

  • 28/07/2014 (9:19 AM)

    There are videos of fire crackling in a fireplace too. Apparently it’s fairly popular during the winter in some places.

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