Terra Sacra Time Lapses by Sean F. White

Six years, seven continents, and 24 countries went into the making of this awe-inspiring time-lapse dedicated to our sacred earth. Perhaps it goes without saying, but you’re going to want to watch this one in full screen.

You’ll discover a few places that you will WANT to visit, so once you’re done watching the video go check the full list of locations.



With my hobby for editing videos and my passion for photography, I’ve decided to combine both and create a short, time-lapse video of the beautiful, island of Maui. Although I have given this video the title “No Ka Oi” (the best), I believe it is somewhat ironic. I initially began this project with absolutely no time-lapse experience. So obtaining all of the pictures was an extensive learning process. And due to a lack of any budget for production, all footage had to be taken in a single attempt all during my free time. The process from start to finish took over one year.

Looking back on my project, I deeply regret not being able to capture moments in places such as Hana, Kihei, and Kaupo. On the brighter side, I am very happy with all that I’ve learned and the places I have gotten to visit from this project. Even just finishing the time-lapse project was satisfying and a complete relief. I hope you enjoy this video!


404 Days

33,557 Images

523.38 GB of hard drive space


Canon Rebel t2i

Canon Rebel t3i

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II

Software used:

Aperture 3

Final Cut Pro 7

Final Cut X

Adobe After Effects 7


“Duel of Faith” by John Williams from Star Wars Episode One: Phantom Menace

(“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”)

As much as I love watching clouds dance to the “Duel of Faith”, I’m not so sure it will pass the fair use challenge.   Support it while you can.



The Light of Stars
Video Credit & Copyright: Daniel López (El Cielo de Canarias); Music: La Busqueda de Ianna (Epic Soul Factory)

Explanation: What’s moving? Time lapse videos of the sky can be quite spectacular when they last long enough for stars, planets, aurora, and clouds to appear to move in just a few seconds. Pictured above, however, astrovideographer Daniel López not only treats us to several inspiring time lapse videos of the night sky, but shows us how he used sliders and motorized cranes to move the imaging cameras themselves, creating a thrilling three-dimensional sense of depth. The video sequences were taken from Tenerife on the Canary Islands of Spain over the past two months, and show scenes including sunset shadows approaching Observatorio del Tiede, the Milky Way shifting as the sky rotates, bright planets Venus and trailing Jupiter setting, a reddened Moon rising through differing layers of atmospheric refraction, the MAGIC gamma-ray telescopes slewing to observe a new source, and unusual foreground objects including conic Echium wildpretii plants, unusual rock formations, and a spider moving about its web. The video concludes by showing the Belt of Venus descending on Mt. Teide as the morning sun rises.