Saturday, April 21, 2012

International Earth Day and Time-lapse Photography

We seem to giving a lot of coverage to the Google Doodles these days but when is the next time that photographers and the art of photography will get command such attention? Sooner or later they are bound to switch their attention elsewhere. Google has chosen to mark International Earth Day with a time-lapse photography sequence and imaginatively done it is too.

Time-lapse photography is a technique which allows still photographers to capture change and motion without having to resort to video. Indeed it allows for the observation of phenomenon over a much larger timeframe than would be possible with video. In the following example, we see the flower of a geranium opening over a period of about two hours. Consecutive frames are 7 minutes apart. Of course, with enough time, dedication and patience it would be quite possible to record a sequence of events that may take days, months of even years.

Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 31 July 2006.

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