Have you ever dreamed of standing in one beautiful place for 15 hours, witnessing the sun setting, the stars appearing, the core of our galaxy drifting across the sky, and day breaking again, all whilst listening to a chorus of birds giving way to a roar of frogs and insects before singing loudly again as the sun rose?
Regardless if your answer to this question, we are pleased to allow you to kind of experience this in the following video.
Shot on our final night in Addo Elephant National Park as well as South Africa altogether, creating this timelapse first required the idea—which actually came from Heather—and then a camera on a tripod on our balcony connected to a remote which triggered a photo every 30 seconds from 5:30pm to 8:30am. Even with an external battery attached, I did not expect the camera’s power to last much past midnight much less until 8:30 in the morning, and it still had some juice left in it then! It felt like Chanukah.
The (real) sound samples were recorded on a USB microphone attached to my laptop at various times of the day and night.
Processing 1,950 (very large) photos to create this video made my laptop want to take a vacation once it was all done, but hopefully you will agree that the end result is simply surreal.