So Google Street View art is now a thing, thanks to the design boffins at Canadian creative agency Teehan+Lax.
The Toronto-based firm has created a series of stunning clips in which a camera sweeps majestically through international landscapes, taking in major landmarks along the way.
However, this doesn’t require a round-the-world plane ticket and expensive video equipment. The videos created by Teehan+Lax take all their imagery from Google Street View and use a technique known as hyper-lapse photography.
Hyper-lapse photography is a kind of souped-up version of time-lapse photography. The difference? While time-lapse photography typically shows the passing of time from a fixed viewpoint, a hyper-lapse shot uses the same lapse photography technique, but with a moving camera. This can add a sensation of considerable speed and smooth motion.
Creating a video like the one embedded below would would usually involve a painstaking process of stitching images together.
Fortunately, Teehan+Lax has developed a do-it-yourself interface that lets anybody create their very own piece of Google Street View art in a matter of seconds.
Before crafting your own Google Street View masterpiece, get some inspiration from Teehan+Lax’s demo below: