Time-lapse photography, where multiple images are captured and played back at an increased speed, can portray the world in unusual and awe-inspiring ways. Here's a look at ten of the best clips we've seen, featuring Yosemite National Park at night, a flight across the USA, and the northern lights.

Yosemite Range of Light

This clip, two years in the making on a Canon 5D, watches night chase day over Yosemite National Park in California. If you’ve ever considered visiting the Californian wilderness, this could seal the deal.

Project Yosemite

The region has played muse to more than one artist, and two other photographers, Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, have also captured its majesty in another epic clip. Shadows float over endless horizons while hikers scramble across huge rocks and French electronic musician M83 provides a fittingly epic track in the form of 'Outro'.


The very same track is used for this snippet from Simon Kearns.

 Around the world in under five minutes

17 countries, 343 days and 6237 photographs are compressed into a couple of minutes in another stunning clip.

El Cielo de Canarias, Tenerife

Photographer Daniel Lopez climbs above the clouds and recasts them as frothing seas lapping at remote mountain peaks in this spectacular time-lapse.

Northern lights in Norway

If you've ever spent a frosty night in pursuit of the aurora borealis, this clip will appeal.

Las Vegas

Like or loathe Vegas, it's hard to deny there’s a jaw-dropping (if somewhat crass) majesty to the place. This clip might not be as restful or magical as the others but it sums the city up well.

Finding Portland

If a picture tells a thousand words, 308,829 photos says an awful lot. This clip was created over 50 locations with each second of footage taking nearly four hours. The results are worth it, though.

San Francisco to Paris in two minutes

An 11 hour flight (and a 5,500 mile journey) is compressed into two minutes as one dedicated photographer takes a photo every two miles from takeoff to landing.


Three men film themselves in 11 countries over 38,000 miles to create this mind-boggling clip, commissioned by our friends at STA Travel.