The grandeur and glory of Rome captured in stunning time-lapse video made with Sony A99


posted Monday, June 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM EST


When time-lapse videos are done well, they can really capture the beauty of a place or event. We've featured the gorgeous videos of Enrique Pacheco before -- including this movie tour of Morocco --  and he outdoes himself with a brand new time-lapse of Rome, Italy, which is downright glorious.

In the 2:45-minute clip, titled "Urbs Aeterna" (Eternal City), Pacheco uses a Sony A99, Zeiss lenses, and a Kietacam X-lidercam M slider to capture the majesty of the ancient architecture and ruins of Rome via time-lapse photography.

If you're not familiar with time-lapse, it's a technique that captures the passage of time of a particular scene or event. To do this, a photographer shoots images in short intervals -- such as every one to two seconds -- of an event and then plays them back at normal speed to produce an effect where time appears to be moving faster, aka "lapsing."

In "Urbs Aeterna," Pacheco creates time-lapse footage of some of Rome's most famous landmarks including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain. The video also makes excellent use of Ottorino Respighi's grand, symphonic poem, Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), which scores the clip.

If this video gets you inspired to make your own time-lapse, here are some tips from Canon Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet.