Time lapses are an enigmatic art form combining photography and videography to achieve what neither of the two could do on its own: The feat to make humans comprehend and be fascinated by processes that normally elude their parochial sense of time.
Glaciers start to run, stars twirl and dance, flowers explode and sunsets become action movies.
We house a collection of our best time lapse projects, dedicated mostly but not exclusively to the nature that surrounds us and that we study …
Thatch Meadow Farm – a tidal symphony (by H.B. Aug 2013)
This time-lapse video encapsulates the beauty and serenity of a summer day on the beach of Thatch Meadow Farm, the tides moving in and out and the people enjoying this magnificent speck of nature on the north shore of Long Island. Music: Bruch, Scottish Fantasy, Salvatore Acardo: violin
Flax Pond tidal salt marsh – a tidal symphony (by C.M & H.B. Aug 2013)
This time-lapse video shows one tidal cycle at the Flax Pond salt marsh (Old Field, Long Island, NY) – our study site between 2011-2014. It’s worth pausing and taking it in, because this piece of nature was not only the site of scientific research, but our inspiration and well of nature enthusiasm. See for yourself. Note that the due to a sill at the inlet of the marsh, the outgoing tides are much slower than the incoming tides in this place. If you are really good, you can see egrets darting around …
Development of a silverside embryo (by C.M. Jun 2013)
This time-lapse video shows the first 50 hours of development of a fish egg, specifically an Atlantic silverside (Menidia menidia), which we are studying intensively and with awe. The tiny bubbles inside are called oil globules and serve as the energy storage of the developing fish. The fish itself starts as an amorphous mass of cells on top of the yolk, and then grows more an more around it. Watch it, it’s awesome. We only learned about the embryo starting to spin inside the egg by doing this time lapse!
Doing something else than science … like putting a puzzle together
Click on this fun little time-lapse to see a classic jigsaw puzzle be put together in a little over a minute and a half, which spares you the 6+ hours it took me to do it! Time lapses are awesome.
Sampling day! Laboratory silverside populations ‘becoming famous’
Thanks to Jake’s new GoPro, here’s a time lapse of all of us working for hours to sample, measure and preserve various parts of the silverside populations for later analyses of weight, sex, as well as genetic and transcriptomic approaches.