The Light Drive time lapse—set to Tron Legacy's trailer soundtrack—mesmerises me to no end. Especially knowing how ingenious its mechanics are. Like the universe-is-collapsing Inception-inspired time lapse, play it in HD full screen with headphones on.
Created by brilliant jack-of-all-trades Kim Pimmel, this vortex of light was shot with a Nikon D90, which took photos "with exposures reaching up to 20 seconds in some cases." But there's more than just opening the shutter for 20 seconds. Pimmel used motion-controlled lights spinning on top of a vinyl record player.
The stepper motor that moved the lights—which "included cold cathode case lights, EL wire, lasers and more"—received its orders from an Arduino board, which was operated via Bluetooth by a computer running Processing. The latter is a rather amazing software used to create synthetic images and animations on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
The results, edited to Tron Legacy's trailer music, are simple stunning. [Vimeo—Thanks Lalo! ]