Brad Kremer’s “Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan”
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I'm so buried with work that I haven't even read email for a few days, but took a few minutes to check out Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan, a short but intensively beautiful video by Brad Kremer, and was so glad I did... it's a stunning video, even if you have no particular interest in Japan.

You can watch it at normal quality right here, but I'd recommend viewing the high-def version at Vimeo, in full screen....

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As beautiful as it is at face value, it's 100× more so if you consider the effort and technical skill that went into it. I can imagine the long lonely hours of doing every aspect of it myself... except coming up with anywhere near the quality of final result. I'm left with an overwhelming sense of “I am not worthy”.

Thanks to Stéphane Barbery for putting me onto it.

All 11 comments so far, oldest first...

Pretty incredible, both from an artistic and a technical standpoint. Just thinking about the amount of work that must have gone into that makes my eyes glaze over. I also appreciated how it captured the feeling of the place without resorting to either Japanophilia of Japanophobia.

— comment by Zachary on June 4th, 2010 at 11:51pm JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Wow! Impressive indeed! I suspect a lot of countries around the world would be honored if he would come and do the same thing in theirs. Maybe start his tour in America? Hint? Hint?

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on June 5th, 2010 at 12:03am JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

At 1:48 there’s clearly a ninja apprentice decending the hill… ^_^’

I noticed that the first time as well, and could just imagine when he was editing it together giggling to himself wondering whether anyone would notice. We did, and appreciate. —Jeffrey

— comment by Florian on June 5th, 2010 at 2:49am JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Stunning imagery. This reminds me of the Time Lapse video that was unveiled prior to Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics.
This is the link if you care to look at this work of video magic.



— comment by Gord Waldock on June 5th, 2010 at 3:06pm JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Stunning… artistically and technically. It reminds me that even with the time-lapses I’ve shot (and not processed into video) that you need a piece of music to match, especially if you can get one that you can seamlessly time your video to the timing of the music. Thanks for the link, but it highlights to me just how far I have to go! 😉

— comment by JasonP on June 5th, 2010 at 4:01pm JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink


— comment by Expat in Va on June 5th, 2010 at 8:58pm JST (13 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Thank you for the rich content! Watching that video makes you feel so insignificant but not in so much a bad way. It kind of reminds you how we tend to fixate on things that are so trivial. And that our lives are so fleeting. Those shots of Tokyo, the bridges and the intersections make New York City, look like a one-horse town.

I love the street shot of that one really interesting intersection that curves around what looks like a traditional style Japanese house/building but everything that surrounds that dwelling is super modern. -> That was always the feeling I came away with from Japan: the most amazing and sublime mix of ultra-modern changes and timelessy ancient traditions.

New York City, USA

— comment by Ron Evans on June 7th, 2010 at 1:42pm JST (13 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

This is amazing, I am speechless. Thanks a lot for sharing. Made me have an inspiring start in the new week.

Now I understand what makes us think some of this stuff happens in a miniature world — it’s the extremely selective DOF of these shots. Just last week I had seen shots of cars that seemed miniature but at the same time *so* real that they had to be real-world images. Now from this video I know that those were probably tilt-shift shots! Thanks!

However, in this time-lapse I suppose at least some of the selective DOF has been done in post production. I especially love the unconventional DOF-change of the people having a picnic. First, everything at mid-distance is focused. Enters the ghost (at 1:48) and suddenly the front row and the long-distance are sharp, everything in between is blurred.

@Ron: if this makes you think of NYC as a one-horse-town, how about this time-lapse:

— comment by Peter on June 7th, 2010 at 11:30pm JST (13 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I saw another time lapse “experiment” posted at aphotoeditor which was pretty fun. Check it out here:

Cheers, Dean Buscher

— comment by Dean Buscher on June 9th, 2010 at 3:36am JST (13 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

That is freekin AWESOME! I’ve been up to my ears with work and haven’t posted on my own blog for a bit now, but I think I’ll make a short post with this video. Thank you very much for sharing.

— comment by Earnest Barr on June 10th, 2010 at 1:20pm JST (13 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Have a look at this video shot on a D3S (I think)

Some of the sequences are very beautiful

They are. It’s not in the same universe as the other one, though, because the whole time I watching this one I actually felt “I could do that, better”, except for the dolly shot of the sleeping monkeys. Of course, it’s meaningless to say without doing; he did, so his is infinitely better than mine. But one point of comparison I noted: on his about-me page, he claims “#1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet with around 350,000 visits per month“. Well, my blog is neither a travel blog nor a photography blog, so maybe that’s why I get more visits than he does? 🙂 Anyway, my favorite scenes of that video are the yawn, and the slow-mo snowfall. —Jeffrey

— comment by Jon Van Dalen on June 12th, 2010 at 9:35pm JST (13 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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