One of the many wonderful things about modern technology is that it not only allows us to visit new places from the comfort of our homes, but also to experience familiar places in completely new ways.

For example, I have visited Tokyo numerous times over the three years I have called Japan my home and I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what the city is all about: skyscrapers, bright lights, crowds of busy people, corn man. But run all that through high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging, record it in time-lapse, and watch it on YouTube in 1080p and the city sights I know so well take on a completely different, almost otherworldly, appearance.

Check out the video below!

The video was filmed by nyahonyaho46 using a Canon EOS 5D Mk11 DSLR camera. The seven minute video is comprised over over 53,000 individual images.

Time-lapse photography was already amazing enough in itself, but flipping on the HDR switch makes the very real scenery look as if it was digitally rendered. It’s almost enough to inspire me to actually learn how to use that DSLR I bought a year ago and still haven’t used on any setting other than Auto or Macro. Almost.

We’ve shared a few more HDR time-lapse videos of Japan for you photography buffs out there. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube

▼Tokyo HDR Time-Lapse

▼ Odaiba Gundam HDR Time-Lapse

▼ Not Japan, but just as cool: Melbourne HDR Time-Lapse