Luke Shepard traveled throughout 21 European countries, including 36 cities, to capture timelapse images of European architecture in a nighttime environment. After three months of travel and time spent editing over 20,000 images, Shepard released his hyperlapse short entitled Nightvision, in which he showcases 27 timelapse sequences of the 47 he captured during his trip through Europe. The landmarks he captured demonstrate hundreds of years of architecture and cultural diversity surrounded by present-day nightlife:
Nightvision is intended to “inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks,” and it does this well. It is awe-inspiring to be able to view architecture built hundreds of years ago in the light of the 21 century, and alongside architecture built much more recently. Each landmark contrasts the next, showing the diversity of time periods and/or culture. The landmarks are encompassed by the bustle of city life and the light-trails from cars passing by. The people and cars are not the only things moving around the structures; the camera is also moving at all times. This movement helps showcase the stillness of each landmark.
“Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe.”
The images in Nightvision were captured using a Canon 5D Mark III and a variety of lenses including a Canon 8-15mm Fisheye f/4 lens and a Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. The timelapse was edited using Adobe Bridge, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.