Tilt-shift time-lapse shows construction of a man-made pond in 2 minutes

Photographer James Breen created this beautiful video showing what is in essence a very simple project, but it looks almost magical with miniature figures. Though the actual project took three weeks of work and a few months of waiting for rain to fill the pond to full, the video itself is just two minutes long. And while watching a hole be dug and filled with water sounds boring, this video is anything but. The choice of using a tilt-shift filter, and the music, make this a work of art.

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YouTube/Video screen capture

PetaPixel notes, "Gear-wise, Breen used his Canon 40D and Nikon P50, with the Canon doing most of the heavy lifting. As far as shutter speed, he chose to shoot the entire time-lapse in AV mode, since he wasn’t going to be present for much of the shooting. The topsoil removal shots at the beginning were taken at 90 second intervals (because that process moves so quickly), after which Breen switched over to 5 minute intervals for the remainder of the shoot. A tilt-shift filter was later applied in post."

Coudal Partners calls the Birth of a Pond "hypontic" and really, we have to agree!

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