Once a rather rare technique practised only by professionals, a quick scan of YouTube or Vimeo shows that timelapses are commonplace. The creative limits are being pushed farther and farther, which makes for some epic cinematography. Just check the storm-lapses of Mike Oblinski, the ‘flow-motion’ hyperlapses of Rob Whitworth, or the the award-winning work of Michael Shainblum.
The creative vision continues to thrive with exponential advances in photography and video technology. Hong Kong-based production company Visual Suspect just created a drone-lapse from Folegandro Island, Greece. This was accomplished by flying a drone in massive circles while recording timelapse. This has been named ‘Low Earth Orbit’. The shots were done using both automatic and manual flights over the Folegandros island in Greece.
Although you might think you’re looking at something out of Google Earth, you actually have living landscapes captured in HD. Here’s an explanation of the “how” and “why” by Visual Suspect:
Orbital drone movements are the ones with power to convert two dimensional images into dancing focal layers escaping out of the frame. We wanted to further explore the technique, with high altitude long orbits, along with ones very close to the ground, we call them “Orbital drone-lapses”. These shots are a mix of automatic and manual flights.
Have a look at this gorgeous compilation of drone footage.
I love viewing timelapses and hyperlapses. I have a lot of admiration and respect for the technique and the time taken by the creators. What do you think? What’s important to you in drone footage. Leave your comments below.