Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Chicago: Windy City Nights

All I can say is – WOW. This spectacular time lapse of Chicago, the product of two years’ work by Max Wilson, is arguably the best time lapse I’ve ever seen of any city, anywhere. It’s a must watch. In full screen, high definition, of course. Chicago looks absolutely spectacular. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.

h/t Likecool


Cities: Chicago

6 Responses to “Chicago: Windy City Nights”

  1. Robert Munson says:

    Thanks for sharing. And while I have not studied time lapses as you have, I agree that this could well be the best.
    The interesting question is: “why?”

    Two factors are key.
    The first is the obvious talent and effort of this artist on this piece.

    The second factor is transit is the most predictable, straight-line activity which, in turn, lends itself to this time-lapse technique. It seems to work better when it creates predictability for the eye and, hence, is easier for the mind’s imagination to engage. Because Chicago’s downtown is built on a swamp, all its trains run above ground and, hence, are far more photogenic.

    Only when trains enter or leave Manhattan can they be seen above ground. So, time-lapses of New York focus more on people, whose behavior is less predictable, and who are better suited for another medium; more commonly called… street theatre.

    Hence, Chicago is better-suited for time-lapse production.
    Another economic advantage for the Second City!
    (Or at least, that is a theory for transit geeks like myself to ponder.)

  2. the urban politician says:

    Really awesome. One of my favorite parts is the fireworks and the rapidly spinning rides at Navy Pier

  3. Max Wilson says:

    Thanks for sharing this and for your positive comments. I really appreciate it and am happy you enjoyed it.

    Thank You

  4. Eric says:

    Captivating. The most interesting single part IMO is the boats. You don’t expect to see boats zooming about the harbor like that.

  5. Ryan says:

    Gorgeous visual of Chicago. Thank you for linking to it.

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