Glimpse of Big Sur: Sunset Timelapse Video

When was the last time you saw a sunset? I mean really saw it.

Have you ever seen the last morsel of the sun slowly dip below a watery horizon?

If you never have, I hope that today’s video will help you imagine what it’s like to see in the flesh (since a video can never do a sunset justice).

You see, as we followed the Pacific Coast Highway back up north to the Bay Area of California, the sun began to set over the ocean just to our left, creating a stunning sight. It was so beautiful that we had to stop and use our cameras one last time before we left the Big Sur area. The result is a video I’ve named “Big Sur, Big Sunset.” (And it comes with 3 haiku!)

The funny part is, I didn’t even plan that my sunset photos would become a video, but they were similar enough that I was able to create time lapse using the photos that often looks as though it’s actual video footage of the sunset. And this worked out perfectly because the camera I had couldn’t take HD video at all, so this method was the only way I could get true HD video as a result. (To see the video in HD, head over to “Big Sur, Big Sunset” on YouTube and choose 720p.)

Painting made of light
Look! Just enough clouds to see
Fires in the Sky

Distant Fireball
Racing below horizon
Last flicker of day

Seeing day’s last breath
The Sun slips quickly away
Farther suns appear

Next: Pier 39, Chinatown, & San Francisco Explorations

Before I actually went and wandered the streets myself, I never realized how dynamic and incredible San Francisco can truly be. And as it turned out, I’d picked just about the perfect day to begin my San Francisco explorations, and not just because it felt like a parade was thrown in my honor… but we’ll get to that…

See what happened next →

To see all videos, see the YouTube page. (Thanks to Laserlong for providing their song “Moon & Sunset” for use via

8 bits on Glimpse of Big Sur: Sunset Timelapse Video

  1. Wow.. what a great day to be on the coast. I love the west coast!

  2. I have seen that sunset before. But the sunset that I personally saw is not as stunning like I have seen in a bay or near the water. It also looked much beautiful to see the sunlight moves to one area to another during the afternoon. Appreciating sunset reminds me to feel closer to the nature. Thanks for the catchy and inspiring lines that you’ve shared.

  3. I didn’t even know that it’s time lapse video. It feels like a normal sunset video… but very nice one 🙂

  4. I really like your poem, and Big Sur area is an amazing place. thank you for the beautiful video.

  5. There is nothing like the sunset, every sunset is unique and special 🙂

  6. I agree…There is nothing beautiful as the sunset…Thanks a lot for sharing this to us…

  7. Wow! That is absolutely breathtaking. From the Florida Keys, we can get a view of the sunset but it does not look like that; I guess being farther away doesn’t allow us to see it like you did.

  8. I love watching sunsets!!! such a lovely video! Thanks!