Shoot Brief: Dramatic Nature Landscape Timelapses


Nature can create compelling scenes worth capturing, from the beauty of wild animals running on plains to the destructive power of a tornado or thunderstorm. All the while reminding us we are just another species sharing this beautiful floating rock called Earth.

The evergreen nature topic is one of the most highly searched topics on Pond5. People are always hungry for this content! This month, we’re looking specifically for timelapse shots of dramatic natural landscapes to help narrow this extensive category.

Let’s break down the technique and the theme before jumping into the shot list.


What Is Timelapse Videography

Timelapse photography and videography have advanced significantly since the invention of the camera. Today, it’s much simpler than ever to speed up real life with the help of built-in timelapse capabilities on our smartphones. But the core principles and tactics remain the same regardless of how the technologies advance and develop. To learn more about gear, setting up shots, insights into motion in timelapse, and how to shoot timelapse during the day and night, read our How to Shoot a Great Timelapse Video article.



What Is a Landscape?

A landscape is a piece of land, including its landforms and their interaction with other natural and artificial features. It’s made up of physical components, such as mountains and hills, and bodies of water, like rivers, lakes, ponds, and seas. Landscapes include the living parts of the land cover, such as native vegetation. Human components are also part of a landscape, such as various land uses like fields, buildings, and structures, and transient elements like lighting and weather.


Nature Shot List Thought Starters

  • Clouds changing while a storm forms.
  • Lighting bolts flashing in different places, such as above the forest, the ocean, cities, landscapes, etc.
  • Heavy rain approaching from the distance.
  • Stormy powerful waves on the open sea or crashing the seawall, cliffs, piers, etc., rough seas.
  • Misty fog in the forest, running over the mountains, etc.
  • Starry night, sunrise, and sunset timelapse shots.
  • The shoreline moving from high tide and low tide.



Suggested Keywords For Nature

Dramatic nature, dramatic landscape timelapse, changing weather, sunset, sunrise, stormy waves, stormy wind, misty fog, stormy sea, ocean, wild rivers etc, static timelapse nature.


Target Group

Nature, climate change, and changing weather are among the monthly top searches. Many clients request fresh content from ad agencies to non-profit organizations, influencers, bloggers, news organizations, etc.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration
  • Try to stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results
  • Make sure your submission falls under commercial use.
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Top Image: Blurred Photo – Taking A Time-Lapse With A Smartphone Of A Sunset Over A Lake by ss404045.

Music Briefs – Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave)


Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave, as known as NDW) was a German music genre popular in the ’80s, originating from post-punk and new wave music with an electronic influence.

One of the earliest uses of the term was in a record-shop advertisement by Burkhardt Seilen in August 1979 in the issue of the West German magazine Sounds. Journalist Alfred Hilsberg then used it in an article about the movement titled Neue Deutsche Welle — Aus grauer Städte Mauern.

Musicians and fans characterized NDW as punk-rock instruments combined mainly with synthesizers, which were then coming to the market and were very interesting in price.


History of Neue Deutsche Welle

Neue Deutsche Welle consists of two major parts. The genre was mainly an underground movement with roots in British punk and new-wave music from its beginnings to 1981. Due to the unique sound and rhythm of the German language, it swiftly developed into a distinctive style. Artists like Nena and Ideal, capturing life in West Germany during the Cold War, or Spliff, Joachim Witt, and Trio, using the language in a surreal way, are distinctive genre representatives.

Around 1980 the genre gained popularity, but attention switched away from promoting current bands and toward forging new ones that were more mainstream-friendly. Bands that had nothing to do with Neue Deutsche Welle started to promote themselves as NDW, and commercialization by the music industry made the initiators of the movement frustrated. The NDW era ended around 1983–1984 due to oversaturation in the market with stereotyped, manufactured hits.


Pond5 Library Examples of Neue Deutsche Welle Music

Check out some of the examples in the Pond5 library as an inspiration for your submissions.


Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 5 minutes.
  • The tempo should be between 90 and 120 BPM.
  • German lyrics are a great advantage but don’t limit yourself to vocals.
  • Use electric guitar, the drum kit, electric bass, keyboard, and synthesizers as instruments.



  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Frank Elstner (3. Von Li.) Mit Band Nena 01/83 Stroe Frank Elstner by IMAGO.

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The Future of AI for Shutterstock and Pond5

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