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Isle of Skye Scotland in Black and White: Feast Your Eyes On This Stunning Timelapse

By Hanssie on October 19th 2014

Once a market is oversaturated with something, be it Beanie Babies or the entire Step Up movie franchise, it loses it shininess and appeal. The first timelapse videos were new and novel, exciting and awe-inspiring and now, more often than not, one timelapse video looks exactly like its fifteen other predecessors. Many of them beautiful, but there’s nothing new under the sun, it would seem.

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That isn’t always true, as you get people that come up with new creative concepts, new ideas and find a twist to your typical timelapse, but those are few and far between. We’ve recently featured some very creative timelapse videos that are worth a look if you have the time. (The recent layer-lapse method by Julian Tryba comes to mind). These timelapse videos make you stop for a moment and watch, simply because there is something remarkable about them that makes them different from the rest.

The following timelapse video, is one of those videos. Yes, it’s beautiful and yes, it is a another timelapse of a place that has been well documented on film, but the one thing that makes this timelapse noteworthy is that the entire video is done in black and white. Skíð : ‘Cloud Island’ was shot at the Isle of Skye in Scotland and features the sweeping landscapes, majestic beauty and rich imagery of every other timelapse, but void of color. This seemingly simple adjustment is what makes this timelapse truly remarkable.

The combination of timelapse and quadcopter aerial series of images from this timelapse will be used for a remake of the Buddhist film, ‘Life Story of Guru Rinpoche,’ which is still in production. The images of the mountain ranges are being rendered in a 3D space so that later on they can add features of Tibetan and Himalayan landscape for the setting of the film. You can read more about the project here.

[Via DIY Photography/Fourth Dimension on Vimeo]

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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. Hannes Nitzsche

    Stuff like this always re-kindles my love of black and white imagery. Great time-lapse, well done!

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  2. Greg Silver

    Looks out of this world – great imagery!

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  3. Ian Moss

    Skye is great for landscapes. Mull is genrally better for wildlife.

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    Skye is very high on my list of places to shoot and may have just shot up to the top of that list.

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  5. Ian Moss

    Just like it really is, but without the midges.

    Skye is one of my favourite places and a very special place for those of us who like landscape photography.

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