This is a completely different—and stunning– application of time-lapse photography.
It’s called layer-lapse photography. What you’re seeing is the world’s first use of it here.
Julian Tryba’s Boston Layer-Lapse is a unique piece of painstaking work. He explains it like this:
Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock.
In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.
Max Tegmark put it this way: “The past is not gone, and the future isn’t non-existent; the past, the future, and present are all existing now in exactly the same way.”
Tryba took 150,000 photos altogether at different times and placed down approximately 35 layers for each scene clip. It took about 100 hours to shoot, but 350 hours for him to edit. He made 800 drafts before settling on this one.
The pixel clarity and brilliance is remarkable when seen on a large screen. The sound is superb. The editing transitions are near flawless.
He did a nice job of capturing one of our favorite cities and letting the beauty shine through from many different locations and angles.
But alas! He might have made history, but he failed to capture Fenway and the infamous Green Monster.
by Skippy Massey
This post originally appeared at the Humboldt Sentinel. Reprinted with permission.