Spectacular Time Lapse Photo Montage

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Just a few days ago, I saw an image on Facebook that got my curiosity going. It took a while to track it down and find the original photographer but it was worth it. The photo is several years old but the technique used to make it is very interesting.

Eirik Solheim, a man living in Oslo, Norway, set up a DSLR camera in his bedroom window. The camera was left alone for a year, capturing one image every half hour, for the entire year of 2010. By the time 2011 rolled in, Solheim had 16,000 images to choose from. He decided he wanted to make one “master” image using only a single pixel-wide cutting from the other images. Since the resolution of his photos was 3888 × 2592, he selected 3888 images and asked his blog readers and Twitter followers to help him come up with a script that would select the appropriate one pixel slice from the image and place it in a new image so that the resulting image would be a time lapse photo of the year’s passing.

The result is amazing. Oslo has long summers and winters with short springs and autumns. And, even though the photos were taken at the same times of day every day throughout the year, you can see from his collection that there is a very wide range of lighting, weather, and colors at play in Oslo throughout the year.

Solheim’s photographic experiment and its beautiful result required a year of patient work to achieve. What are some of your photographic experiments or experiments you would like to see done and read about? Let us know in the comments below!

— da Bird