Time Lapse Videos I Want To See

I think time lapse videos are pretty cool.  One of the first ones I saw was a few years ago when someone put together a time lapse of a picture taken every day of a child’s life for the first few years.  I don’t even want to try to find a link as I’m sure the one I saw has been joined by a million copycats.  Cool idea.

Recently, our family went to the RV show that is held in the area twice per year.  We usually go for the fall show but this year decided to go in the spring.  It was actually much cooler as there are probably twice as many RVs set up as I remember seeing in the two fall shows that we had attended previously.

Even though we have a camper and have no intention of buying a new one anytime soon, especially after dropping $700 bucks to re-seal the roof last fall, we still thought it would be fun to take a look around.  It gave us a different perspective now that we are ‘owners’ from our prior attendances where we were ‘hopers’.

One of the things that I’ve grown a fond appreciation for since I had to start dealing with it myself is the art of placing the camper properly.  Backing it into the driveway or the campsite is something I got better at, but still is a pretty heart wrenching experience, and most times I come nowhere close to getting it right on the first try.

As we paid for our tickets, the sign noted that there were over 500 RVs on the floor for display.  Walking through row after row, I started thinking about how much work was involved with getting all of these RVs set up in perfect fashion.  While I know the drivers are experts and likely got them set up so fast I could not imagine, I still thought it would have been fun to ‘watch’, and what better way than through a time lapse video?

As I walked through and admired how some RVs had their hitch ball less than two inches from the RV behind it, I really thought seeing it would be cool, and since then have thought of some other time lapse videos that I’d like to see.

  • Carpeting the library – Recently, our library announced that they will be installing new carpet throughout the entire facility this year.  With two floors of bookshelves, all sitting directly on the carpet, I envision that installing carpet will be no easy task. Will they unload each shelf of books, move them, then re-stock them, or do they have a way of moving the shelves?  Either way, I bet it would be fun to watch!
  • Building a new hospital – A few years back they built a hospital from the ground up in the local area.  For the first couple of months they had a webcam and actually had a daily time lapse feed where you could watch what happened.  Then, only about two months into the project, it went offline.  It’d be fun to see that, from the outside as well as the inside.  I know these exist for many building projects, but it’d be best to see this for a building you know or have access to go to directly.

Are you a fan of time lapse videos?  Are there any cool ones you can point me to? What time lapse videos would you like to see?

21 thoughts on “Time Lapse Videos I Want To See”

  1. I love them! Especially astronomical & weather time-lapses. The video of the Waldo Canyon fire, seen from the photographer’s deck and running over a day and into the evening, was just astonishing.

    RVs….ohhhh. My most unrealistic and ridiculous fantasy. Secretly I’d like to sell the house, get an RV, toss the dog and a few pairs of blue jeans in the back, and take off for parts unknown, never to return.

    Having had one of ’em, though, kind of puts the kaibosh on the fantasy. In Realityland, the things are prob’ly more work than a house… But still… I just can’t wait to get on the road again…

  2. I never thought about it until you asked the question. I would like to see anything that takes a long time. I have watched some homes in time lapse video. Destruction can also be fascinating such as then bring down a building.

  3. I think time lapse videos are great. I like the ones where you see a large building built from the ground up. It is amazing to see what human beings are capable of building.

  4. I would love to see a hummingbird migration. Very odd and random, but that’s what came into my head.

    I would love to go to an RV show. We have a 2004 pop up that has seen better days, but until it falls apart, we’ll keep using it. It would be nice to have a larger one. Maybe someday.

  5. Time lapse videos are super cool! I toyed with the idea of setting up a camera to watch over my home construction. I think it would be really cool to have a time-lapse video of the whole process that I can look back on when we build some memories there. It was a logistical nightmare though, so I didn’t do it. Maybe next time I build a house!

    • That would be cool to watch. You’d almost have to do it from a nearby house or something in order to get a full view of the site.

  6. Timelapse videos are great. My favourites are the “drive across Canada” (or America) videos.

    One video that wasn’t a timelapse was a guy who shot a video of himself once every year for the last 40-ish years and he took a view seconds of him talking from each.

    Along the lines of the last not-truly timelapse video, I love this hillarious “convo with myself” video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFGAQrEUaeU

  7. A while back, I posted this link to a time lapse video of the Milky Way that is pretty cool:

    Another stop motion video I wish I could find is an Oxalis plant opening and closing. We have a huge one of these in our living room and it’s fascinating to watch it close each night and then open in the morning.

  8. Time lapses are pretty cool, but what I think is even cooler is slow-motion videos. There used to be that one show called something like Timewarp, where they would do hi-speed camera shots of things like balloons being popped. The world is a pretty crazy place when you slow it down.

    • That’s interesting as well. I guess anything where you can quasi-manipulate the passing of time provides an additional element of perspective.

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