Watch how Chicago looks from a whole new perspective


Famous around the world, this timelapse shows Chicago in a whole new light. This timelapse takes frames that have been shot around the city of Chicago, capturing the skyline and some of the more famous landmarks and mirroring them through vertical and horizontal axes.

The reflection of the timelapse frames has a kaleidoscopic effect on the images as they pass through the screen, though there is one set that doesn’t have the mirror effect applied to it. The reflections of the frames are all done in slightly different ways so each time the frames change there is something different and new to see.

The timelapse photography combines both still photography and panning shot that are used to great effect to create the movement in the kaleidoscopic frames and make this a really interesting timelapse to watch. It does mess with your eyes though, so some people will find it helpful to pause it after a few frames.

The music is fast paced and adds to the overall effect of the timelapse, the beat of it driving the video forward and keeping it fresh with each passing frame, though it is a really loud backing track, so thinking about turning down the volume on your speakers before you press play.

The one set of shots that focus on the clock tower in the middle of the video are the most interesting as they are the only ones that don’t have any reflection or mirror effect applied to them, they also come in the lull in the music making this video more engaging.

This is a timelapse that has been designed to show Chicago from a whole new perspective, combining day and night footage – the night footage with lights that are enhanced and distorted by the kaleidoscopic effect making this such an interesting video to watch.


Over 11000 pictures used in this short project and 600 GB of data to process. Ready to watch it?

Equipment Used

Cameras: Canon 7D
Lenses: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Other info: n.a.


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