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Gorgeous Skyline Timeslice Photos Show Passage of Time In One Static Image

By Hanssie on September 26th 2014

Timelapse videos are unique because they show time passing sped up that we just cannot see (or have the patience to see) with the human eye. But sometimes, the video format is just not conducive to what we are trying to achieve. Case in point, photographer and motion designer Dan Marker-Moore wanted to share a beautiful sunset timelapse on Instagram, before Instagram added the video feature.


So Marker-Moore created a timeslice photograph that showed passage of time, specifically sunrise and sunset, in one static image. Time slice images are a set of images, taken at the exact same location over a period of time. These images are then composited to show a fixed timelapse like this image below:


New York: 38 Photos spanning 2 hours and 3 minutes

To create these images, Marker-Moore uses a camera, a tripod and an intervalometer to capture the images. The images are then composited in After Effects or Photoshop.

“I like to approach each timeslice a little differently, and explore what works for the scene,” Maker-Moore said in an interview with The Creator’s Project. “A lot of them fall flat. In fact, I shoot and edit quite a few that don’t work for each one that I share. Important aspects of a winning timeslice include good variation of color in the sky and strong subject. I really think I’ve only begun to explore design possibilities.


Chicago: 35 Photos spanning 15 minutes


Chicago: 39 Photos spanning 1 hour 18 minutes


Toronto: 40 Photos spanning 1 hour and 53 minutes


Moon Rise LA Part II


Hollywood: 11 Photos spanning 1 hour and 15 minutes

His time slice images are all cityscapes at the moment, but Marker-Moore is experimenting with landscapes and hopes to come out with a series of landscape images soon.

You can see more of Dan Marker-Moore’s work on his website and purchase prints from this series here.

[Via The Creator’s Project]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Anil Tejwani

    Hi, I have created a photoshop script that does the same but saves you a lot of time

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  2. Joram J

    Woow!! Awesome!

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  3. Michael Alfaro

    cool project

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  4. Ralph Hightower

    Intriguing concept!

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  5. Clare Havill


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  6. Stan Rogers

    Hey! How come Tronna’s all slanty and stuff? Izzit some kind of anti-Canadian bias? (To paraphrase Rip Taylor, the fabric-cutters among you will get that when you get home and LAUGH.)

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  7. Barry Cunningham

    Being of a former calculus instructor, I’m intrigued by the idea of what would happened if you vastly increased the number of photos over the same time interval to get a more continuous transition across the image instead of discrete steps.

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    Awesome idea and beautiful work.

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  9. Joao Coelho

    What an awesome idea and beautifully executed!

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    Woo-ow stunning and beautiful work…….I cant even choose a favorite because they are all awesome ….will try to come up with an idea myself

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