Video Of The Day: Photographer Begins 30 Year Time-Lapse of New York

Photographer Joe DiGiovanna has begun a rather ambitious time-lapse project. The goal? To take one photo of the New York City skyline every 30 seconds for 30 years, creating an epic time-lapse video that spans a whopping three decades.

As DiGiovanna writes on his website, "This is about NYC changing but staying the same. I'm here to document the grand changes like the construction of skyscrapers – but also the small things that are equally important, like a sailboat passing by."

The endeavor was recently highlighted in a video posted on the Emeric's Timelapse YouTube Channel. Profiling DiGiovanna and his process, the clip provides an insightful look at how the photographer is accomplishing his goal, along with samples of the beautiful footage he's captured so far. Check out the video below!

DiGiovanna is now about four years into the project with a current end date set for 2045. To capture his images, he uses a Sony a7s which is installed by the window in his Weehawken, New Jersey apartment... where it's been on and operating for four years straight.

The camera is connected to a laptop with two external 6TB hard drives, and the rig is triggered to take photos every 30 seconds via a homemade Arduino IR Intervalometer and several custom AppleScripts that DiGiovanna wrote. The whole process ends up capturing 2,880 images a day and around 1 million photos per year -- which should result in a final time-lapse video comprised of about 30 million photos.

For more information, images, and clips related to the NYC 30 Year Time-Lapse, be sure to check out the project's website and Instagram page.

Sources: Emeric's Timelapse YouTube Channel, NYC TimeScape