Dan Marker-Moore, aka DANOR.ST, is an aerial photographer who captures awe-striking vistas from bi-planes, helicopters, drones, and even the Goodyear blimp. “The view from above is a unique perspective that I love to share,” he says.
While his bird’s-eye-view images are wonders that can inspire vertigo, it’s Marker-Moore’s timeslice series that adds an extra flurry of butterflies in our stomachs. The artist added five stunning photographs to his growing collection, including composites of Hollywood, Manhattan, Toronto, Chicago, and downtown LA.
For those unfamiliar, timeslices are a collage of different photos taken from the same location, but at various times in the day—yielding a static timelapse. Marker-Moore’s work focuses on cityscapes, offering a vantage of, say, the Manhattan skyline bathed in sunlight and the Big Apple’s skyscrapers igniting the night like stars—all within the same frame.
“The first [timeslice] I created came out of the desire to find a way to share a sunset time-lapse in a photo so I could post it on Instagram (which at the time didn’t support video),” Marker-Moore told The Creators Project. “I quickly fell in love with the technique and began exploring ways to push the idea.”
Marker-Moore uses just a tripod, camera, and intervalometer to create his work, though he notes that extra batteries and some serious patience can’t hurt. The capturing process for each image can vary from a few minutes to several hours (especially if he wants to see the moon rising). Then, he uses either After Effects to help streamline the offset of time and space, or Photoshop to layer each photo individually into one composite.
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“I like to approach each timeslice a little differently, and explore what works for the scene,” the photographer explains. “A lot of them fall flat. In fact, I shoot and edit quite a few that don’t work for each one that I share. Important aspects of a winning timeslice include good variation of color in the sky and strong subject. I really think I’ve only begun to explore design possibilities.”
As for the future, he explained though even though he’s surrounded by cityscapes, “I would love to find the time and capture more natural landscapes. I’ve tried a number of times to create one centred around a palm tree but none of those have really worked out so far.”
All images are from Dan Marker-Moore. This feature originally appeared in The Creators Project.