If you live in an urban jungle, it's easy to forget the natural wonders of the world.
Fear not, for we have scoured the Internet to present timelapse videos that truly highlight Earth for what she is: our majestic, breathtaking and beautiful home.
Will these videos make you want to quit your job to travel? To move to a place where you can see the stars? To find your inner explorer? We hope so.
Kick back and go through the videos below at your leisure. You can make them fullscreen for the full effect, and turn on HD where available. It's worth it.
Have a timelapse of your own that you like to zone out to? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Around The World in 5 Minutes
Kien Lam backpacked the world in a year. To prepare for the journey, the photographer brought alongside a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF-1, several wide-angle lenses and a flimsy tripod. He accumulated more than 10,000 timelapse shots during the 343 days he traveled to 17 countries on five continents. The end product is this amazing five-minute video.
2. Yosemite HD
Two words: Dynamic Perception. The company's motion-controlled dolly helps transform great footage into cinema. Using Canon L series and Zeiss CP.2 lenses on the Canon 5D Mark II, Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, who became friends through Vimeo, shot throughout the 1,200 square miles of Yosemite National Park over 19 days. Yosemite HD was the company's foray into timelapse photography — not bad, if we don't say so ourselves.
3. Yosemite Range of Light
Another Yosemite video? It's an inspiring place — what can we say? Shawn Reeder considers Yosemite Range of Light a reel of his best work. Reeder first visited Yosemite when he was 18 and won a trip to visit the national park. It was there that his fascination with photography also began. The video, which expands Yosemite, the High Sierra and Eastern Sierra, is the work of two years of shooting.
The above is a trailer for Tom Lowe's film Timescapes. Lowe — who Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet calls "master of the skies and stars" — used Kessler motion control cranes and dollies; RED Epic and Canon camera; and lenses from Canon, RED, Leica and others. Considered a portrait of the American Southwest, Timescapes was also captured and edited on 4K, which is four times the resolution of full HD (1080p).
5. Midnight Sun
Have you ever wanted to travel to Iceland? After watching this timelapse film of the Icelandic Midnight Sun, it'll make your bucket list. During the summer months, Iceland experiences a "midnight sun," a phenomenon where the sun never fully sets. A Dynamic Perception dolly and Kessler crane were used along with a Canon 7D and two Canon 5D Mark II cameras. "Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list," the Vimeo page reads. We agree.
Dustin Farrell's Landscapes is a three-part series featuring the landscape of Arizona (his home state) and Utah. Darrell said he hoped the motion-controlled night timelapse would present a new way to see familiar American landmarks. He shot the video on a Canon 5D Mark II (notice a trend?) along with a Stage Zero Dolly by Dynamic Perception and a CamTram dolly to control the axis motion.
7. Temporal Distortion
In addition to gorgeous imagery of South Dakota's land and skies, Temporal Distortion by Randy Halverson also features a Battlestar Galatica-esque soundtrack. That's because of the original score by Bear McCreary, of Eureka, Walking Dead and, yes, Battlestar fame. Halverson shot thousands of 20- to 30-second exposures that also give a spectacular view of the Milky Way and Northern Lights.
8. A Day in California
Ryan Killackey spent a year shooting and editing A Day in California, a timelapse that showed a side of Southern California through a unique vantage: tilt shift. Then a premed student, he shot locations he remembered from growing up in a Los Angeles suburb. "Interesting fact: My wife was nearly bit by a rattlesnake as I was actually photographing the first waterfall scene," he told the Huffington Post.
9. Toy Thailand
Armed with a Lumix camera, Gorillapod and two wide-angle lenses, Joerg Daiber captured Bangkok, Phuket and Tonsai — all cities in Thailand — in tilt shift. Given how chaotic these cities can be, the Bach backdrop evokes a certain peacefulness you'd be hard pressed to find in such bustling locales.
10. Timelapse View from ISS
We began with a tour of the world's landmarks; now we'll end with a sweeping view of Earth from the International Space Station. The timelapse sequences were taken from August to October in 2011 at an altitude of about 350 kilometers. From the the Northern lights to thunderstorms overhead, this video gives one of the grandest views of our lovely home.