It’s a big day in time-lapse! Two of the masters of the genre have both released new videos, and it’s a race to see which will go viral first. Currently, Joe Capra is in the lead as he has already been featured on Gizmodo, but we’re confident Toby Harriman won’t be far behind.

Joe Capra: A 10K Timelapse Demo

Joe Capra, aka Scientifantastic, who previously pumped out this great 8K  time-lapse of Rio de Janeiro, has again upped the ante in the Brazilian capital and posted this incredible 10K footage.

Captured with the medium format Phase One IQ180, each raw image is 80 megapixel and measures 10,328 x 7760 pixels. Obviously Vimeo, and most screens, are limited to 1080 and so to show off the resolution, Capra zooms into each sequence 100%, with an amazing retention of detail. Because the purpose of the video is to demo the camera’s capabilities, Capra has deliberately left the footage as raw as possible and looped some shots to give enough run time for the zoom.

Capra writes that shooting such high quality medium format footage grants a great deal of power and flexibility in post-production. When shot at 10K, one photo can be be split into 5-6 4K shots or as many as 8-10 HD shots. Imagine creating eight time-lapse sequences from one single shoot!

We’re looking forward to the fully edited version after he’s applied his full post-production skills to what is already pretty amazing footage.



Toby Harriman: Gotham City SF – a B&W Timelapse

In 2012, Toby Harriman started to play around with a black and white look for a photo series he titled Gotham City. He’s now graduated his ‘Gotham look’ from his stills to his latest time-lapse video, a stunning compilation of San Francisco sequences he has shot over the last two years.

It should go without saying that achieving good black and white images is not just a matter of de-saturating your colour photos; it’s a skilful artform in it’s own right. Assisted by some particularly ominous storm clouds, bright car and street lights, and other high-contrast scenarios, Harriman has done an incredible job of giving San Francisco a unique and alien B&W feel.

Special mention also goes to James Everingham, the UK teenage composer who crafted the appropriately eerie and dramatic soundtrack.