Most timelapses condense a few hours or days into bite-size videos that make the world appear to fly by in fast-forward. But Ricardo Martin Brualla has created an aerial timelapse of Seattle that shows the city growing and evolving over three full years—and he didn’t even have to set up a camera himself.
The company that operates the Space Needle did most of the hard work, installing a high-def 360 panoramic camera atop the Space Needle years ago. Brualla simply had to capture two panoramas every day, giving him over 2,000 high-res images that he sequenced, stabilised, and then colour-corrected (which is visualised in this how-to video) to smooth out abrupt changes in lighting and weather as the seasons came and went. The resulting timelapse is a fascinating and unique look at a city that’s one of the fastest growing in the country. [YouTube via Hackernoon]