There’s a new form of visual art called HDR time-lapse that I recently discovered and I think it’s one of the most incredibly beautiful expressions of creativity that I’ve seen in a long time. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and although it appears to be just really stinkin’ clear video footage (as in High Definition), look a bit closer and you’ll realize it’s even more brilliant than HD (I bet you didn’t think that was possible, I know I didn’t). Here’s an example: (For the best experience, I suggest watching in full-screen and make sure your sound is on).

Believe it or not, HDR time-lapse is a type of photography, with some editing of course, and pieces like the one above are actually chronological collections of individual photographs. This video of the sunrise in San Francisco was created by a man named Chad Richard, and although his video is only 41 seconds long, it is the result of photos he took over the course of 2.5 hours at a rate of about 7 pictures per second…each at slightly different light levels/settings, and then rendered to produce a composite of all 7, which means there is one super clear image from approximately each second. When put together, the result is an amazingly clear video that looks almost as beautiful as if you had woke up early in the morning to watch the sunrise from the top of the hill with Chad and his dog.

Although it’s not exactly an HDR time-lapse (the pictures were not taken as rapidly, nor were they rendered together), here’s another really creative example of individual photographs edited together to create something that looks as if it’s a video. This one is described as the “collision of three convergent paths through a city.”

I really like how the three paths become two and eventually join to become one. There are a lot of methaphors to be drawn out from this and connections to be made with life, faith, relationships and community, but I’ll leave those interpretations for others to make. Feel free to share if you’d like…


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