This Time-Lapse Photography Project Used Publicly Available Photos

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 19, 2015
References: grail.cs.washington.edu & gizmag
Researchers at the University of Washington have managed to sew together millions of public photos, taken from the Internet, to create stable time-lapse videos. Their sequences depict everything from the construction of skyscrapers in Las Vegas to the retreat of glaciers.

The team started with a database of 86 million photos, sorting photos of 120,000 landmarks and the most common photo angles of those landmarks. Photos were warped to make them appear as if they were taken from the same viewpoint. The result is over 10,000 time-lapse sequences of nearly 3,000 landmarks, each comprising over 300 images.

While time-lapse photography usually requires a photographer to park themselves or their equipment in one place for a long time, this new system bypasses that and makes it easier than ever to put together stunning time-lapse videos.