Stephen creates what he calls “Day to Night” photographs by going to a beautiful or interesting place and planting himself in one spot for around 24 hours. Over that time, he’ll snap as many as 1,500 photographs of the same exact frame.
When he’s done, he chooses the photos that he thinks captured the most special moments of the day and night—the greatest hits of the 24-hour period—and overlays them on top of one another to create one grand image. The end results are stunning, and by staring at one for a while, you can actually learn a lot about what goes on in that particular spot on the earth.
My favorite is this one from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania (click to see it in higher res):
Amazing, right? Everything you see in this image happened on one particular day. In his talk, Stephen describes his awe watching these creatures peacefully share the same resource—a little pond of fresh water.
Here’s another, from Coney Island:
Another—New York in winter:
El Capitan in Yosemite National Park:
St Mark’s Campanile in Venice:
There are a lot more Day to Night images on Stephen’s site, and he talks about the process of creating them in his TED Talk.
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