Watch this video to see how light flows through stained glass from dawn to darkness. This time lapse video -- part of the exhibition "Scaling Washington" at the National Building Museum -- highlights the movement of stained glass light at the Washington National Cathedral. Photographer Colin Winterbottom was making fine art and documentary photographs of earthquake repairs at the Cathedral when he noticed the beautiful spray of colored light moving through scaffolded work spaces. He had little experience making time lapse, but thought the phenomenon had to be captured, especially as it moved over surfaces across time.
The final video shows movement of light through areas of the
Cathedral familiar to visitors as well as through temporary work spaces
with limited access. Most of these vantages could only be accessed
while scaffold was in place. The opening and closing images, for
example -- with the west rose window centered straight ahead within the
nave -- cannot be recreated now that scaffold is down.
Stained glass time lapse, Final edit from Colin Winterbottom on Vimeo.
For more timelapse Cathedral fun, see this: