Check out this exquisite 4K ultra HD time lapse of 42 horizons from around the world over 5 years

by on February 25, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 25, 2016

Our skies have been a source of fascination for millennia and with good reason. No matter where humans live on this planet, they can almost always look up at the heavens above them to see a fantastic and constantly shifting ephemeral landscape of clouds, sunrises, sunsets and gorgeous night sky mysteries.

Thus, quite likely with this firmly in mind, photographer and filmmaker Chris Pritchard spend five years in a labor of love recording that mysterious sky through the use of 4K video cameras, capturing video from thousands of locations over the course of five years to create a remarkable piece of moving visual art, aptly called “Skylight”.

The final result of this was a stunning 3 minute video sequence in which shots of the horizons of cities, breathtaking natural wonders like the Mojave Desert and Yosemite Park and many other locations were captured in wonderfully colorful and sharp detail, condensed down from 36 ours of video through time lapse techniques.

Skylight video in 4K

According to Pritchard, “Regardless of our lifestyle or surroundings, the sky is always there above us to put on a show. Shooting Timelapse has taught me to sit back and take in the world around me. After six years and thousands of shots captured, I’ve seen some special and memorable events in our skies. No matter how dramatic the location, the sky holds the power to make a good view great, and to mesmerize us with the wonders of the world—within our atmosphere and beyond”.

The video you can see below juxtaposes some of the most lovey and serene natural landscapes in North America with the glittering urban sprawl of giant cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. In between are woodlands, soaring mountains and the twilight or star-studded night sky always above them all.

We should also point out that the five year effort in question by Chris Pritchard demonstrates a considerable amount of technological forward thinking in video art. The spectacular visual impact of 4K video recording is still a new thing and even now, many filmmakers haven’t caught onto it fully or at all. Nonetheless, Pritchard started shooting in this resolution back when no 4K ultra HD TVs yet existed on the market and 4K cameras were also an extremely rare thing.

Here is the film’s original Vimeo page.

And here is the video itself:

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