A Time-Lapse Journey Through South America

I love a good time-lapse video, and this 8k film by Morten Rustad is incredible. Do yourself a favor and watch it now.

Morten Rustad is an acclaimed time-lapse photographer based out of Norway. He has spent the past year traveling through South America with the goal of creating his best time-lapse video to date. His travels have taken him to Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador and have resulted in over 30 TB of footage. 

Whether it's fog rolling through jungle foliage, shadows creeping up a sand dune, or the Milky Way's rotation perfectly mirrored on a lake, each scene in Rustad's film is mesmerizing. He does a great job utilizing Syrp gear to create subtle and cinematic motion and depth. The visual flow is well done as each moment builds on the previous one, creating a dynamic overall feel. 

Rustad has certainly had his share of misadventures during his year in South America, including combating illness and extreme weather conditions. While there is no doubting his world-class talent, what really sets Rustad apart is his dogged perseverance. A project like this requires strong commitment to see it through, and that commitment has clearly paid off. 

Let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments below. What's the longest time-lapse project you've worked on?

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Aneesh Kothari is a Houston-based travel, landscape, and cityscape photographer. He enjoys reading Fstoppers.com, traveling with his family, and making lists of things he enjoys. He yearns to be a Civil War buff but has yet to finish the Ken Burns series.

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Much more subtle than a lot of time-lapses, which I really liked. The waterfalls...not so much, as they just looked jerky. The music was a very nice addition but became annoying over time. Aside from those two nits, though, I really liked it! :-)

Shame this time lapse does not include Venezuela's Angels Fall. Still a stunning piece of video.


South America in general is an incredible feast for photographers. I was in Peru in Bolivia in 2016 and felt like a child receiving a huge box of toys. The colors, scenery, people, animals, historic locations are absolutely endless and spectacular. I can't wait to go back.

WOW. Beautiful shots. I'm sure you put a lot of work into this effort and it shows. Just incredible imagery and thought into the panning and movement of your shots.

Great job.