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Stunning Kuala Lumpur Timelapse (A Must See)

By fotosiamo on October 28th 2012

With so many timelapse videos out there, it seems that the genre is starting to get saturated. One thing that I noticed though, is that while the visual eye candy is present in the majority of timelapse videos, there are still few that are story-driven and have a sense of cohesiveness between each scene.

That is not in the case of Rob Witworth’s beautiful Kuala Lumpur timelapse video. This masterfully shot 2 1/2 minutes piece consists of 5 months’ work created from nearly 20,000 still photographs taken on four different cameras over the course of 40 separate shoots. What I love most about the video, however, is the storyline, the sense that each scenes lead into the next. And yes, it is an absolute eye candy.

Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

You can also read his interview on Yahoo! Malaysia in regards to why he created this video:

When asked why he chose to create a time lapse video of Malaysia’s largest metropolis, Whitworth’s response is that Kuala Lumpur fascinates him.

“It’s hard not to be blown away by the Petronas Twin Towers. At night they are just beautiful. The towers, together with the monorail, give the city an almost science fiction feel.
“I was fascinated by the city’s mixture of super-modern buildings existing alongside its varied cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in,”he tells Yahoo! Malaysia…

“I was intrigued at how many things constantly go on all around us which pass by largely unnoticed. Time lapse provides a great way to use a camera to show the world as we cannot see it,” he says…

“I liked the idea of exploring how the city changes from day to night, how spaces dramatically change during the course of a few hours. This developed into one of the themes shown in the video of scenes switching from day to night,” he says.

Here are the gear that Rob used for this shoot:

  • Nikon D800
  • 2 Nikon D7000s
  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime Nikkor Lens
  • Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye Nikkor Lens

  • If you see the rest of his videos on Vimeo, then you will see that his work has garnered quite a handful of awards, and each videos are worth watching, as well, so be sure to check them out.

    And be sure to catch the rest of his interview with his interview on Yahoo! Malaysia!

    Thanks to for the link!


    Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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    2. Ed Rhodes

      always love a good timelapse

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    3. Jenn Bates

      That was absolutely stunning.  *wow*

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    4. Anonymous

      Superbly fantastic!

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