Long-term Time-Lapse Photography NJ NYC

Long term Time-Lapse Photography: PNCT

To show the unfolding of a project, or progress on a building site – events which take weeks, or months or even years – it becomes necessary to compress the timescale. With long term time-lapse photograph we can get a much quicker visual overview of how the project developed.

The photo at the top shows a camera installed for a project at Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT). The camera is protected inside that white dome – a weather-proofed housing. Since long-term time-lapse really is that – long-term – the camera and timing device need to be powered by a solar panel, which can be seen to the left of the camera housing. This is all mounted sturdily in a good vantage point.


After the demolition of the existing old buildings in 2016, construction started. The initial stage was the preparation of the terrain. Here is the footage for 2017, condensed into a 4 minute video. It might be too long to hold the attention of the causal viewer, but for the team involved with the project, it gives a superb overview of the progression of the renovation project on this PNCT gate. The camera is still recording now in 2018, and will continue until the end of the project. More to come!


The initial stage to a massive renovation project at PNCT, involved the demolition of old warehouses. This part of the project took 2.5 weeks, and this 45 second clip shows the continuous momentum of the demolition taking place, sunshine or rain.



PNCT during the Jan 2016 blizzard.
The blizzard occurred on Saturday, Jan 23. I pulled 6 days of footage around the blizzard to show the the day before the blizzard, (Jan 22) as well as the days afterward while the area was being cleaned up. Then, back to business as usual.


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