Time-Lapse Creations

      The following photo creations were made using a digital camera and a tripod.  With the camera stabilized and locked in position, I shot a series of photos of the subject over time (usually one shot every three or five minutes).  Then, I combined the photos together into an animated "gif" file which basically turned them into a short time-lapse video.

      For example, while in Yosemite, I took a series of photos of Yosemite Valley.  I took one photo every three minutes for a period of two hours.  That gave me a total of 40 photos which, when combined, created a great time-lapse video.  Unfortunately, the size of that gif file was impractically large; I was afraid that most people wouldn't be able to run it smoothly on their computer.  So I rebuilt the gif file using only every other photo in order to shrink its size and make it run more smoothly.  That video is displayed below.

      I really enjoy both parts of creating these time-lapse videos: first taking the photos and then combining them.  And watching them always reminds me of how beautiful these places are.  I hope you enjoy them as well.

  •  The first link for each image is the entire time-lapse video.
  •  The second is a modified time-lapse using only a fraction (every third or fourth shot) of the original photos.  I only created these for some of the projects.
  •  The third is a simple two-frame file that alternates between photos near the beginning and end of the original series.

      NOTE:   Some of these files (particularly the full-length time-lapse videos) are often large files (the file size is listed and is actually the link).  Because of this, the videos may take a while to load and may run more smoothly the second time.  Actually, you may have better luck viewing the time-lapse videos by downloading the files (right-clicking on the link, then selecting "Save Target As...") and then running them from your hard drive.

   Sunset in Yosemite Valley.
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   Nightfall in San Diego, CA.
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   Sunset at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC.
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   Sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.
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   Afternoon clouds in Dana Point, CA.
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   The headquarters building of the Bureau of ATF, Washington DC.
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   The Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC.
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   The Tidal Basin in Washington DC.
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