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Asylum: A Stunning Timelapse Video

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Today I came across this amazing video on Vimeo which combines HDR photography, tone-mapping and time-lapse techniques.

It was shot by Drew Geraci in an abandoned 1920’s Asylum over 7 months, combining just under 35,000 individual frames. While a little creepy to watch it’s an inspiring piece – shot in challenging circumstances:

“Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult.”

Asylum from Drew Geraci on Vimeo.

Equipment used includes Canon 5D Mark 2’s and a range of Canon lenses including the 16-35mm F/2.8 II, 24-105mm f/4 and 50mm F1.4.

Get more of the back story on the Vimeo page here.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • I have absolutely no desire to do timelapse. That said, I have great appreciation for the outstanding videos that I’ve seen in this genre. The HDR here is an added bonus. Another great timelapse video on Vimeo is called “Finding Oregon.”

  • Juan

    Very good time-lapse. And yeah, creepy. The dead dog, the morgue, the debris all over, and flying particles. And the beginning with the tree branches trying to possess the place in broad daylight. Very nice. Thanks Darren.

  • The images are really quite compelling.. Outstanding work. There is beauty in decay.

  • Randy McKown

    That’s awesome. I wish I had time to play with time lapse

  • god… i would take so many photos if i went there

  • Intense and very very inspiring.

  • Beautiful! I love time-lapse technique!

  • That has to be one of the coolest time-lapse projects that I have seen. Thank you for posting the video on here. I have always had a love for shooting in distressed and decayed environments.

  • best timelapse possible.. excellent videooo 🙂

    my hands on wit timelapse
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudheendra_s_p/6452392031/in/photostream

  • Great, very well made timelapse. A lot of work went into this and considering the circumstances, it wasn’t an easy task. Is it just me or did anyone else catch the dark shadow that past by a doorway at 0:48? Hopefully that was one of the crew at the shoot and not a spirit roaming around.

  • Valerie

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the video.

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  • Valerie April 27, 2012 07:35 am

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the video.

  • Todd April 23, 2012 03:12 pm

    Great, very well made timelapse. A lot of work went into this and considering the circumstances, it wasn't an easy task. Is it just me or did anyone else catch the dark shadow that past by a doorway at 0:48? Hopefully that was one of the crew at the shoot and not a spirit roaming around.

  • Sreenivasa Sudheendra April 20, 2012 01:39 am

    best timelapse possible.. excellent videooo :)

    my hands on wit timelapse
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudheendra_s_p/6452392031/in/photostream

  • Jarrod April 17, 2012 01:02 am

    That has to be one of the coolest time-lapse projects that I have seen. Thank you for posting the video on here. I have always had a love for shooting in distressed and decayed environments.

  • Marco April 16, 2012 07:57 am

    Beautiful! I love time-lapse technique!

  • pushkar April 16, 2012 03:07 am

    Intense and very very inspiring.

  • AnnaRaine April 16, 2012 02:55 am

    god... i would take so many photos if i went there

  • Randy McKown April 15, 2012 01:14 pm

    That's awesome. I wish I had time to play with time lapse

  • Vera April 15, 2012 12:38 pm

    The images are really quite compelling.. Outstanding work. There is beauty in decay.

  • Juan April 15, 2012 09:45 am

    Very good time-lapse. And yeah, creepy. The dead dog, the morgue, the debris all over, and flying particles. And the beginning with the tree branches trying to possess the place in broad daylight. Very nice. Thanks Darren.

  • Rick April 15, 2012 08:56 am

    I have absolutely no desire to do timelapse. That said, I have great appreciation for the outstanding videos that I've seen in this genre. The HDR here is an added bonus. Another great timelapse video on Vimeo is called "Finding Oregon."

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