Piazze d'Italia

After weeks of shooting, rendering and editing «Piazze d’Italia» is finally going public. The video featuring 45 piazzas (squares) all over Italy was shot in spring and summer 2013 mainly by me and Edoardo Cicchetti. With additional shots of 6 other time lapse photographers I’ve edited this vast collection of material to the beautiful soundtrack of Paolo Fresu, the well known Italian trumpet player and composer. The video was produced by Mikaela Bandini of Can’t Forget It(aly) for the Italian State Tourism Board ENIT. This long version of the video as well as two short versions are part of the 2014 «Made in Italy» campaign aimed at european travelers.

Filmed by Edoardo Cicchetti (www.timelapse.it) and Jörg Niggli (www.niggli.com)
Music 'Fuga' written and performed by Paolo Fresu (www.paolofresu.it)
Voice over 'Made in Italy' by Giancarlo Giannini
Additional shots by
Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com)
Daniel Coffaro (www.youtube.com/danielcoffaro)
Cosmo Laera (www.cosmolaera.it)
Timmy Henny (www.aglimpseinto.com)
Gianfranco Maiullari (www.nodecode.it)
Mark Hofmeyr (www.trademarkpictures.tv)

Edited by Jörg Niggli (www.niggli.com)
Graphics by Racoon Studio (www.racoonstudio.com/rs/)
Produced by Mikaela Bandini - Can't Forget Italy (www.cantforget.it)

Commissioned by Enit - Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo (www.enit.it)

Shot with all kind of cameras, mainly of Canon and Panasonic. Rendered in After Effects and Apple Motion. Edited, tilt shifted and graded in Final Cut Pro X.

Time-lapse Selection of «Zürich-West by Night»

Finally here: a selection of some time-lapse shots used for the short time-lapse movies during the live broadcast in June. You find some more information in the description of the video. Please make sure you watch the video in HD quality (it’s available as 1080p) and fullscreen.

Zürich-West by Night from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

Das Video ist eine Zusammenstellung einiger Zeitrafferaufnahmen, die für die SRF-Live-Reportage aus dem Trendquartier Zürich-West als Trennet verwendet wurden. Die Aufnahmen entstanden mit Fotokameras von Canon und Panasonic und wurden in Apple Motion oder Adobe After Effects zu Filmen gerendert. Der Schnitt und das Grading erfolgten in Final Cut Pro X.

Music: «Feels so good» of Diamondsongs (edited)


CROSSLANDS from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

It’s called the «Land of thousand ponds» ( «Pays des mille étangs» ), but I’d call it «Crosslands». The region in the eastern french Departments of Saône and Vosges was one of the poorest in the country for a long time. The people were very religious at that time, I was told during my stay last summer when I was shooting one of the Crosses ( «Croix calvaires» ) in the beautiful landscape of hills, forests and gentle valleys. Read More...

Geneva Evening

A picture shot with my new always-with-me camera, the Canon G15.


Ein Bild aus Genf, aufgenommen mit der Immer-dabei-Kamera Canon G15.

The Belluno Project

A time-lapse tilt-shift video shot and edited by me for the Little Italy project. Additonal shots by Itaria Colussi and Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com). Music: «Everyday is a Gift», with a license of premiumbeat.com

Belluno | Little Italy from Adorable Belluno on Vimeo.

Ein neues Zeitraffer-Video, realisiert für das Projekt «Little Italy». Einige Aufnahmen stammen von Itaria Colussi and Andrea Lacota (www.emotionttl.com) aus Triest. Musik: «Everyday is a Gift», premiumbeat.com.

Hot Air Balloon ride

Nothing fancy, no action, just quiet and beautiful: a hot-air-balloon trip in the Swiss Mountains. Watch yourself:

En Vol sur Château-d'Oex from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

Im Heissluftballon über Château-d’Oex
Dieses Video ist im September 2012 aufgenommen worden. Ein Ballonflug von Château-d’Oex nach Zweisimmen. Read More...

«Sights of Jordan»

The last of my four Jordan time lapse videos. If possible watch in HD and fullscreen mode, it’s possible to stream it at full 1080p resolution.

Sights of Jordan from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

Das letzte der vier Zeitraffer-Videos über Jordanien. Wenn möglich bitte in HD und im Vollbildschirm-Modus anschauen (es wird dann in voller 1080-HD-Qualtität gestreamt).


«Petra - In the City of Mysteries»

The third video of the Jordan time lapse series.
Das dritte Video in der Zeitraffer-Serie über Jordanien.

Petra - In the City of Mysteries from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.


«Wadi Rum - A Majestic Landscape»

My latest time lapse movie from Jordan. It’s about Wadi Rum, the vast desert valley in the south of Jordan, and it’s visitors.

Das zweite Zeitraffer-Video aus der Jordanien-Serie. Wadi Rum ist das berühmte Wüstenreservat im Süden des Landes. Es ist ein bekanntes Touristenziel, um etwas Wüstenerfahrung zu machen.

New Time-lapse page

Created a new page with direct access to a selection of my time-lapse movies, including the top-rated «Venice in a Day» video. To date the Venice time-lapse has more than 700’000 plays on Vimeo only. I discovered a hijacked version on Youtube which has gathered another 130’000 views.
Please check out some of my other movies as well.

Neue Seite auf der eine Auswahl meiner Zeitraffer-Filme zu sehen ist, darunter auch «Venice in a Day». Dieses Video wurde bis heute über 700’000 mal angeschaut, auf Vimeo. Auf einer soeben entdeckten unoffiziellen YouTube-Seite waren es nochmals 130’000 Zuschauer.

«Amman - City in Motion»

Amman - City in Motion from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

It’s uploaded and ready for you to watch. My view of the bustling Capital of Jordan.

Time-lapse videos of Jordan

During two very hot but beautiful weeks I was recently on a time-lapse shooting trip in Jordan. The trip took me from the busy Amman to the magnificent site of Petra, the majestic desert of Wadi Rum and the two very different sea resorts of Jordan, Aqaba at the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. I was shooting almost a terabyte of pictures and I’m currently editing four videos for the Jordan Tourism Board. Please stay tuned… more to come soon.

Two screenshots of the Amman video.

Amman Title
Amman last frame

Venice in a Day: Article and Interview

I will start in English first today. There has been an incredible response to my latest video on Vimeo «Venice in a Day». To date the time lapse movie has gathered more than 360’000 plays and 4000 likes on Vimeo.com. If you want to know more about me, my technique you can read the article on Smokingdesigners.com or the interview by Filippo on his blog «Today I conversed with»

Venice Smoking 340Screen Shot 2012-05-06 at 03.45.05

Das Echo auf das Zeitraffer-Video «Venezia in un giorno» war überwältigend. Bis heute wurde das Video auf Vimeo mehr als 360’000mal angeschaut und hat 4000 Herzchen erhalten. In dieser Woche sind im Web auch zwei Artikel über mich und meine Arbeitsweise erschienen, auf Smokingdesigners.com und Filippos Blog.


Venezia in un giorno / Venice in a Day

Geschafft. Endlich online. Ein Tag Venedig - im Zeitraffer. Vom Tagesanbruch auf der Rialto-Brücke bis zum Sonnenuntergang über der Piazza San Marco, mit einigen Fahrten auf dem Gran Canale. Bitte unbedingt in HD schauen.

Done and online. Venice in a Day, in 3 Minutes. From dawn in the morning at the Rialto bridge to the sunset above the Piazza San Marco, and some travels up and down the Gran Canale. Please watch this time-lapse video in HD.

Test Video

The Moiré Shootout: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D vs. Panasonic GH2 from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

A little comparison I did recently of the three cameras. This test is mainly focused on sharpness and moire. Both Canons had a Cinestyle profile loaded. This makes the images soft. But that's what you have to do in order to have as little moire as possible with Canon DSLR's (even with the new 5D Mark III as seen in other videos). I did only some contrast correction in post.
The Pana GH2 was on 24P Cinema mode (Daylight pref), nothing hacked.

After that test I bought myself a Panasonic GH2. For wide shots the GH2 is just looking much sharper and this almost without moire.

You can download a mp4 file in 1080p on Vimeo (compressed at 12 MB/s) to watch it on a big screen.


La Baie

«La Baie», gemeint ist damit die Bucht des Mont Saint-Michel in der Normandie. Der kleine Film zeigt die Bucht, das Monument des Mont Saint-Michel und die beiden nahegelegenen Städte Grandville und Saint-Malô. Bitte unbedingt in HD anschauen.

La baie (The Bay) from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

A short film featuring the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (La baie du Mont Saint-Michel), the spectacular little town on the rock itself and the nearby cities of Granville and Saint-Malô.

The video was shot in Summer 2010 with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. All time lapse sequences were shot with a Canon G10.
Editing and grading in Motion and Final Cut Pro X.


Au bout du Lac

«Au bout du Lac», gemeint ist der Genfersee und Genf. Gefilmt im Dezember 2009. Jetzt endlich fertig geschnitten. Für Liebhaber von Genf, seinen winterlichen Lichtspielen und dem Umzug der «Escalade».
Kamera: Canon 5D Mark II, Schnitt und Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X.

«Au bout du Lac», it’s a little and winterly Hommage to the city and the beautiful lake on the western end of Switzerland. Filmed back in 2009 with a Canon 5D Mark II. At last edited and graded in Final Cut Pro X.

Au bout du lac from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.



Am 5. Februar 2012.


Lake Zurich, 5th of february 2012.

SBB Oerlikon

Einzelaufnahme aus einem Zeitraffer am Bahnhof Zürich Oerlikon. Belichtungszeit: 1.6 Sek.


Still frame from a Timelapse at the SBB Station Zurich Oerlikon. I like the mix of the moving train and the houses in the background. Shutter: 1.6sec

«Sky on the Rocks»: Berge im Zeitraffer

«Sky on the Rocks» ist ein Zeitraffer Video in Schwarzweiss. Die Aufnahmen stammen aus den Schweizer Alpen.

My latest timelapse video in Black and White shot in the Swiss Alps.

Zum Anschauen bitte im Vimeo-Player diese beiden Buttons klicken:
Buttons Please select the HD and fullscreen button to view the video in best quality.


«River Works»: neues Video online

Neues Video mit Material von 2008. Ein Bach in den Alpen von Norditalien und ein paar kleine Interventionen.

New video with material shot back in 2008. Some small interventions on a mountain river in northern Italy.

ZurichLAPSE gesammelt

Neu gestaltete Seite mit allen 6 Folgen der Reihe «Zürich im Raffer».
All six ZurichLAPSE videos are shown on a new designed page.

A Small World: neue Bilder

Neue Galerie mit Bildern von Blumen und Insekten aus der Nähe.

New photo gallery with macro pictures of plants and insects added.


Artikel auf Tagesanzeiger.ch

Die «Zürich im Raffer»-Serie schaffte es auf die Online-Ausgabe des Tages-Anzeigers. Der Artikel von Felix Schindler findet sich hier.
The online edition of Swiss Daily Newspaper Tages-Anzeiger has published an article about the ZurichLAPSE. You find the article here, it’s in German though.


Zürich im Raffer 6 / ZurichLAPSE VI

Der sechste und der letzte Clip aus der «Zürich im Raffer»-Serie. Bitte unbedingt in HD-Auflösung anschauen.
Hier findet sich eine Zusammenstellung aller sechs «Zürich im Raffer»-Clips.

This is Number 6 - and will be the last video of my ZurichLAPSE series. Please watch in HD and don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions.
Here you find a collection of all 6 Clips of the series.