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TimeLapse really makes sense to shorten a timespan and squeeze a lot of time into a short while. Well, everyone tried to do it all the time and multitasking is on e way of archiving something similar.
TimeLapse photography has something relaxing, partly because one can enjoy a few moments knowing you get only ‘the best of’. With this example you get the best of a popular holiday destination over one day in just 03:25, if this is no selling point.

Palma de Mallorca’s Bay, a 24 hour Timelapse from Franklin Tello on Vimeo.

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I am testing some new gear, a GigaPan set to use for automated, very detailed panorama shots. I have done a few test over Christmas and it works really well and delivers impressive results. Even though the apparatus looks complicated the setup is straight forward. However the thing drains it batteries very quickly and because it is so cold at the moment I can only about do ten panoramas with one load of AA batteries.
It is a lot of fun and the detail of the images are great, the downside really is that one image is just too big and all the raw data eats up so much space on the hard drive.

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Image by urbanTick

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At the moment as long as you map something your on the top. Mapping is not only very much 2009 but also 2008 and probably 2007. However, mapping is no longer only to be understood in a very simple physical geography sense, but can be applied to any field really. It is extensively found in medicine and as far as literature.
One very interesting application of mapping can be found in the visualisation of news. There is very little as boring as browsing the news to find something you are interested in. For me it is either the headline I want to read or I don’t want to read it. I am lazy, am I? Partially it is probably also the news industry that trained consumers to go for the bold headlines and this now bites back. There is simply too much information out there, especially on the internet. Look at Google News, probably the most pragmatic way to present news. TV stations or news paper web sites usually take a more sophisticated approach to sort and resent the content. However they also have to sell ‘a product’, where Google only drags together headlines. Because of the wast amount it is about organising and making the interesting bits and pieces easily accessible for completely different tastes and interests.
The question really is, how do you do this. Mapping might be a good start.

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Image by urbanTick – screenshot of the website in full screen mode (click on the image for the real dynamic version)

The NewsMap.jp project uses a treemap visualisation algorithm to display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualisations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognisable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
The newsMap creators website can be found HERE, there is also a project bog.

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I haven’t consciously seen this before and it blew me away, a timeLapse in black and white. How beautiful is this! I love it and this is already reason enough to post it. However it gets even better and with the sunrise the colour fade in and the scene develops a different character.

Timelapse from Andre Merilo on Vimeo.

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It is a really busy season for Santa Clause as he has to bring presents and surprises to children all over the world in only a couple of days. Its is every year the same rush, but luckily he’s got his little helpers. Together they spend all year long preparing for the mad trip to dispatch all the goods. However these days the big trip can be followed on line, Santa is tracked by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
Check out the website where you can see him at different locations all over the world going about his business, mainly flying his sledge. There is little detail on how he actually slides down this chimney…

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Image taken from NoradSanta.org – screenshot, map showing Santa’s stopovers.

There is also some detailed instructions on how to use the site in this slideshow.

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A tracking project based in amsterdam has produced a really nice visualisation of the GPS log data. A couple of people tracking themselves on their daily commutes presumably with a igotU GPS device.
The visualisation is done in processing.
It is amazing how quickly the structure of Amsterdam becomes visible. Compared to the London UrbanDiary map here in Amsterdam a much clearer urban structure shows. This is probably down to a number of factors, for example the urban morphology is fundamentally different between Amsterdam and London and the mode of transport is probably similarly different. A lot more bicycle transport, which makes for a more divers picture, than by using public transport or even traveling underground with the tube.
But because of this is makes for a really nice visual comparison between the two.

Tracks in the void from Steven M. Ottens on Vimeo.

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A tracking project based in amsterdam has produces a really nice visualisation of the GPS log data. A couple of people tracking themselves on their daily commutes presumably with a igotU GPS device.
The visualisation is done in processing.
It is amazing how quickly the structure of Amsterdam becomes visible. Compared to the London UrbanDiary map here in Amsterdam a much clearer urban structure shows. This is probably down to a number of factors, for example the urban morphology is fundamentally different between Amsterdam and London and the mode of transport is probably similarly different. A lot more bicycle transport, which makes for a more divers picture, than by using public transport or even traveling underground with the tube.
But because of this is makes for a really nice visual comparison between the two.

Tracks in the void from Steven M. Ottens on Vimeo.

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Nice timeLapse merging the changes of light.

Timelapse test 9 – Dusk to night transition from Andrei Zdetovetchi on Vimeo.

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Kevin Lynch’s book ‘The view from the Road’ is on one hand a really interesting and straight forward investigation on how to describe and classify aspects of the city from a particular viewpoint. On the other hand it is also a beautiful narrative engaging with the subject. Aspects of mobility are important in the preliminary conception of urban narrative as a succession. Graham Shane points out that Foucault identified the ship as the heterotopia par excellence mainly because of its quality of mobility and time (Shane 2005, p.252). Shane introduces the narrative as: “Because of the increasing speed of travel and communications, the Picturesque landscape entered into the narrative of the journey and city”. A series of projects and investigations fit into this approach of the narrative. For one, this is John Brinckerhoff Jackson with ‘The stranger’s path’ (2000) where he describes the town from the perspective of an arriving stranger (male) and how the town is read as a sequence of elements resulting in a aggregated narrative. There is also, in the light of Brinckerhoff Jackson, the Venturi and Scott Brown investigation of a similar object, but from the perspective from behind the wheel of a car. The same is true of Kevin Lynch’s narrative in ‘The view from the road’ (Appleyard, Lynch. 1964). They all document the scenography and choreography of movement and flows within the city or town but also beyond and into the landscape. This to some extent could be called the narrative of the machine, in reference to the urbanMachine and the functional city.

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Image by Kevin Lynch, Donald Appleyard, – The View from the Road, detail -taken from chass.utotronto.ca

timeLapse of a road trip through Toronto
Toronto drive time-lapse from Adam @ Unit3 on Vimeo.

Appleyard, D., Lynch, K. & Myer, J.R., 1964. The View from the Road, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press for the Joint Center for Urban Studies of M.I.T. and Harvard University.

Jackson, J.B., 2000. The Stranger’s Path. In Landscape in Sight. London: Yale University Press.

Shane, D.G., 2005. Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modelling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Theory, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

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A great movie made from timeLapse sequences by Christoph Schaarschmidt. It was produced for the Travelshooter Short-Film-Contest in southern Spain. The equipment “shot this video in Gibraltar, Granada, Ronda, Olvera, Salobrena and Setenil with canon 50d and used Sigma DC 18-200mm 1:3,5-6,3 and Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1:4-5,6 Macro”.
Great work – enjoy!

travelling means sunshine in my guitar case from Christoph Schaarschmidt on Vimeo.

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