By Liana Rivas.

While on a two-year assignment shooting documentaries in Bloomington, IN, for PBS, photographer Samuel Orr left his Nikon Coolpix 5400 point-and-shoot camera by his window and captured the changing seasons through time-lapsed photos. While people usually think they need high-end equipment to get a good result with this technique, Orr shot with an older camera that at the time, wasn’t even working to its full potential, and in the process debunked the myth that expensive cameras take better time-lapse photographs.

The camera, Orr states, sat on an unmoving tripod for sixteen months. Pictures were shot in intervals ranging from ten seconds to ten minutes, depending on the season. Over 40,000 pictures were taken, and Orr made short videos, about five to eight seconds long for each key day or season and then integrated them together to create the finished film, which is composed of thirty frames per second.

Ready to go on another time-lapse adventure, Orr has started a KickStarter page in hopes of getting his next project funded. If you’d like to help, please click here. To read more about him, please click here.

Check the video below to see Orr’s video.


a Forest Year from motionkicker on Vimeo.