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London In Motion | A Charming Hyperlapse To Be Seen & Heard

By Kishore Sawh on April 27th 2014


Whenever I have friends go to England, they always ask what to do, and I always try to encourage them to do what most who go never do: Get on the M25, take it to the M3, and get out of London. Go spend some time in the countryside in Devon or Cornwall, or perhaps in the other direction and to Wales. Well, maybe not Wales. The Lake District, perhaps. It’s gorgeous I tell them, and having beauty like that at your disposal and doing nothing with it is sort of like having Penelope Cruz in your bed, and choosing to sleep on the floor. But they never leave.


The thing is though, I understand. The average vacation is 2 weeks on the longer side, and you’re going to need a damn sight more than that to actually see what London really has on tap. You’ll need a cobbler for your brogues just meandering through Central at a decent pace. So it makes sense that when you’re there on a vacay, you stay. If you haven’t been yet, or you’re like me, typing on a terrace in balmy Miami night air with a chocolate biscuit and cup of tea (no sugar), longing for the drizzle, this time-lapse may help.

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16 year old Lewis Symonds, studying at Wellington College, took all 7,500 photos used in this hyperlapse over 5 days over the recent Easter holiday. Shot using a Canon 60D and Panasonic Lumix DMC G6, he actually shot 10,600 photos and said the processing time was about 24 hours. In those photos are all the usual suspects; The London Eye, St. Paul’s. Millennium Bridge, and all to the fitting soundtrack of an orchestral version of One Republic’s ‘Secrets.’


I am aching to be back in England and this actually made it worse. But it was worth it. London is my favorite city, and the shots of Millennium Bridge reminded me of when a certain someone dropped my Nikon Speedlight right from where these shots were taken, and it sort of shattered. My favorite sequence has to be of Tower Bridge as dusk faded into night and the glow of the lights crept in, and the moon sort of sank. He did all of this at 16? At 16 in London I was getting into trouble, and had not an ounce of the patience required for this. Good on you Lewis.

Check out more from Lewis on his Instagram and Twitter.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Graham Curran

    Puts me to shame. Oh well, off to London tomorrow and we’ll see what I have time for.

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  2. Chris

    Well done piece of work. I’m a bit curious what were the interval times per shot for this piece of work. I look forward to see more, keep on shooting! Things will get better and better.

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