Three Examples of Capturing Stills from Time-lapses

Hey all, I’m back in Lisbon for a few weeks – this will be a quick post on my capturing stills from time-lapses with 3 examples.

I discussed this process a while back (March 2019) and I find it such an effective technique that I want to reiterate with a three cool examples from the past few weeks! In the post above you’ll find detailed instructions on how to pull out stills from your time-lapses.

Example 1 from Granada

This was captured in Granada just after Christmas while they still had their lights on. It was raining there most of the time and the reflection from the lights on the wet pavement added to some effect, silhouetted with the man on the foreground with the umbrella. Really liked this one.

I’d normally submit this one as a book cover but there simply weren’t enough pixels there to play with as Arcangel will outright reject images that are under 4800px!

Example 2 from Lisbon

From yesterday, managed to capture a motion blur of one of the trains in perpendicular to another tram. It’s a popular viewpoint so this perhaps will be enough for the image to stand out and earn me a couple of dimes for my efforts.

Lisbon, Portugal – January 5, 2022: Rua da Conceicao in the Baixa neighbourhood ,famous avenue on the route of Tram No.28

Example 3 from Lisbon

Also yesterday in Lisbon, while I captured a longish timelapse of 300 stills with 3 second intervals, this particular still stood out.

Here it is!
Lisbon, Portugal – January 5, 2022: Passengers wearing face-masks board a traditional tram in Lisbon, Portugal with the Se Lisbon Cathedral in the background

Bonus example – Pushers offering me drugs while filming

These drug pushers in Lisbon aren’t so smart…one offered me all sorts of drugs (can hear him) right when I was filming a real-time clip of people queuing up for free Covid tests. Most of the time they aren’t even real drugs (so, I’ve read, not actually tried lol).

They are pests when traveling to Lisbon and best to just ignore them…

Keep safe and until next time!

About Alex

I’m an eccentric guy, currently based in Madrid, Spain, on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images & footage, when my current corporate job ends (soon!). I’ve devoted eight years to making it as a travel photographer / videographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others by showing an unique insight into a fascinating business model.

I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography


  1. Very interesting.
    I only shoot stills till now. How do you process time lapses. Maybe i will give it a try.
    Only using LR and PS. Can i produce time lapses with LR?


  2. I will resume doing time-lapses soon. R5 has electronic shutter mode so I hope I can use this and not kill my mechanical shutter at the same time.

    Yes, I remember these pushers in Lisbon, lol. Even being a non-confrontational Buddhist I had to use ‘fuck off!” lines a couple of times. These guys are total pests and really spoil the experience of enjoying the Rossio square,
    Other than that – Lisbon is one of my favorite European cities.

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