time lapse photography

A technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much slower than that used to view the sequence. When the frames are played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, e.g. the melting of glaciers over a few decades become very pronounced when viewed over a period of minutes.

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(adapted from) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-lapse_photography
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