Though by day he’s pursuing an aerospace engineering Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Takano says he was inspired to get into timelapse production when he discovered the work of a Belarusian filmmaker, Artem Pryadko.
“I’ve been a huge fan of timelapse since even before the digital age, when (1982 film) Koyaanisqatsi was all there really was in the genre,” Takano says. “With the revolution in digital photography, anyone with a digital camera can go out and experiment with it and create epic footage.”
He doesn't have specialty equipment. He just uses a tripod and does a lot of work in post-production.
Though he says it's hard to keep track, Takano estimates that he spent “around 300 hours" producing this latest video.
“The vast majority of that time is spent on the computer; I don’t actually spend all that much time out in the field taking pictures,” he says.
He took the photos for "Austin Nights" periodically over the past 11 months.
“What I like about timelapse," Takano says, "is that you get to see motion in a scene that would appear still in real time – it’s technology letting us look at the world in a unique way.”