Time lapse video has become all the rage. It's so common now that I think people have grown to expect some kind of time manipulation in movies, whether it is time lapse or slow-motion or "bullet-time". It's not uncommon to see short videos and commercial spots where none of the clips are in real time.
One popular thing to do is make time lapse videos of cityscapes and traffic at night, or of natural settings where the sun rises and sets and the moon and stars come out. This can be extremely technical and require sophisticated electronic sliders and exposure control, as well as a great deal of image processing in postproduction to adjust exposure and color, and reduce noise.
Although stunningly beautiful, a lot of these movies are lacking in something very important and that is any story element -- you know, things like dramatic structure, central theme, and character development/arc. For example, you may have seen the YouTube video released last week of Caitlin Heller twerking while standing on her head, falling over, and catching fire. I think that 37 second "selfie" video has more story in it that all the time lapse videos I've seen in the last few years combined, By the way, there is suspicion that the video is actually fake, and that Caitlin Heller does not really exist. It was probably entirely written, produced, filmed, and acted by professionals!
I mention all of this as an apology for my latest video. Not a lot of story here, but I think it's cool to watch. I enjoy the technical challenge time lapse photography and especially of shooting at night. After I posted it on YouTube, I searched under "Seattle Great Wheel Time Lapse" and discovered dozens of other videos also titled "Seattle Great Wheel Time Lapse"! Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to capture the colored lighting on the spokes that come on during game days. But I do like watching its transformation from a boardwalk amusement park ride into a spinning wheel of clean white light. With it's brightly illuminated curved surfaces, it looks like a spaceship or something out of a science fiction movie.