Patience is key to filming any great timelapse video. Singapore-based Australian photographer Keith Loutit knows this all too well. He spent three years capturing over one million photos for this beautiful and dynamic timelapse of Singapore, which he’s titled The Lion City II – Majulah (meaning “onward”).

The Lion City II – Majulah from Keith Loutit on Vimeo

It took Loutit 500 days of consecutively returning to the same locations to perfectly capture the constantly fluctuating Singapore landscape. Despite the one million photos that Loutit included in the video, only 25% of the pictures he actually took were used.

When the photos are combined and viewed in video format, the timelapse creates a hyperspeed effect. Loutit employed this technique explicitly for the message of his video, explaining that “when we pass by landscapes they appear fixed in time, but they change around us constantly. The idea behind this film is to reveal this change by returning to the same camera positions over the years.”

We’re constantly astounded by the timelapse footage that our contributors upload to our Marketplace. If you don’t have the time or equipment to spend three years shooting one million photos, you can use any of the timelapse videos from our Unlimited Library or Marketplace to bring this time-bending effect to life in your video projects.

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