Around the World in a Timelapse

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There's no shortage of epic timelapse videos popping up on Vimeo, but few chronicle their shots in a way that allows you to learn something. Photographer Sean F. White gathered footage in 24 countries on all seven continents over the course of six years to make Terra Sacra. He chronicled the sky moving over everything from penguins to pyramids, the changing light everywhere from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Antarctica, and the different shadows cast by castles from Syria to Poland. How do I know all of this?

Because White posted a shot list on his website. You can scroll through each location in the order it appears in his video. Watch the video with the shot list open in another window, and you'll get one of the more beautiful geography lessons offered by a viral video clip. He also posted a list of the cameras he used and the shows—Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge, Ancient Megastructures, Battle Castle—he worked for while compiling his footage.

In case you were wondering, that first shot is from Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

—Joe Spring

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