Our planet is huge. Well, I mean, it’s huge for us, not huge in the galactic sense of the word.
But nonetheless, for you, me and the infinite generations of humans before us, the world is huge. Those of us with cameras make sense of this vastness using any techniques that we can to capture and preserve moments. That is, this happened here– by living in, and preserving a single moment in perpetuity.
This is the way that photography works.
However, something magical happens when you take hundreds of photos in a sequence using similar framing and perspective. You get a time-lapse. This works much in the same way as photography, but instead of preserving one moment, you capture a time, and a place in it’s entirety. This enhanced perspective gives you a sense of reality and scale that you can’t duplicate with a single frame.
Decades ago, when the human race saw photos of the earth from space for the first time, we felt so small. As our world shrunk, so did our perception of the galaxy surrounding it. That moment, a tiny sphere floating in the interminable nothingness of space, shaped our collective mind for decades.
We’ve entered a new era. While we’re more cynical than we’ve ever been, we’re more enthusiastic about staking our claim in the Cosmos than we’ve been since those years in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Technology is being actively developed by the public and private sector to boldly take us where no Homo Sapien has stepped foot. If you’re asking me, this has affected the view of our space in the world.
The world may not feel any bigger than it did, but our confidence and the importance of our planet has never been greater.
If you compare the loneliness captured in the first few photos of earth to the unbelievably energetic and powerful time-lapses of “Earthlapse”, you’ll indeed feel this change of tone. The earth isn’t a tiny, last destination. It’s the beginning of something that will last for millennia.
Earthlapse is a series of time-lapses captured on board the International Space Station. The views recorded are as you can expect, absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring.
The Photographer lucky enough to edit this spectacular footage was Oliver KMIA who specializes in Aerial Videography, Time-lapse and Hyperlapse videos.
EARTHLAPSE – International Space Station Timelapse
Timelapse taken from the International Space Station over the earth at an average altitude of 300km (190 miles). Orbiting at 27,600 km/h (17,100 mph), the ISS circles the blue planet in only 90 minutes. This giant space station is equivalent in weight of a Boeing-747.
(cover photo credit: snap from video)