Craig Ulmer

Webcam Timelapses

2016-02-07 webcam

For fun, I went through some of the images I captured from my webcam scraper project and converted them into timelapse videos. The videos are all pretty repetitive. However, the videos did help me spot some nice one-offs, such as the Vancouver lightning strike I reported on previously. Here are some Youtube clips of the more interesting ones.

Rising Tides

The tides can be interested to watch in timelapses. Check out the rise and fall of boats in these webcams from Alaska and Hilton Head:


I spent a summer in Metz, France during college, so it was nice to see pictures of the city and Paris come up in the screensaver. One of the Metz webcams tracked an interesting building with curvy architecture being built. The Eiffel Tower cam is fairly constant, but if you stop it around Bastille day you can see some fireworks.

Around Europe

There were a few other places I grabbed from around Europe. The problem I had with getting data from there was that with the timezone differences, it was often night there when my desktop was running, resulting in night images. Here are timelapses from Warsaw, the Vatican, and Switzerland.

California Mountains

California also has some good cameras out in the mountains. Here are two from Mount Wilson (at the Mt. Wilson Observatory near L.A.) and Mount Shasta.

The Bay Area

The bay area has a few good cameras, besides the normal traffic cams. Here are cameras from downtown, Sausalito, and Berkeley.


I only found a few webcams for Atlanta, but the skyline camera always looked good to me. Georgia State used to have a really good, user-controlled camera with a strong zoom that let you look around the downtown streets and buildings. It was interesting to watch how other people controlled the camera. I often thought that if I watched it long enough I'd witness some downtown crime.


I was surprised to find that there are multiple webcams in Antarctica, and that they are well maintained. I don't seem to have it anymore, but on mother's day, someone left a sign in front of the webcam that said "I love you mom". The below timelapse is a little boring, but midway through it you see sea lions and penguins (I think) come up on shore.


Finally, here's my favorite camera, the one pointed at the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. If you look around 34 seconds into it, you'll see the lightning strike I mentioned in the previous post.