Creative Time-Lapse of Kuala Lumpur Bounces Between Day and Night

If you have two minutes to spare, you’ve got to check out this time-lapse video by photographer Rob Whitworth. There are plenty of time-lapse projects on the web, but one thing in particular about this one caught out eye: the transitions. Whitworth came up with some of the most creative transitions we’ve seen so far in a city time-lapse. Scenes bounce between day and night. Shots zoom from one into another. It’s like a roller coaster for your eyes.

The shots were captured in Kuala Lumpur, the capital and most populous city of Malaysia.

Whitworth tells us that creating the video took 5 months and 400 hours of solid work. He used 4 cameras (a Nikon D800, two D7000s, and a D3200) and 5 lenses (16-35mm, 10-24mm, 70-200mm, 50mm, and 10.5mm) during 40 different shoots. In the end, he had 19,997 separate photographs weighing a total of 640 gigabytes.

Whitworth tells Yahoo News,

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 […] I was walking down Jalan Alor shortly after arriving in [Kuala Lumpur]. It struck me how much the street changed and transformed during the course of the day.

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.

Last year we featured one of Whitworth’s earlier time-lapse projects — a video showing the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city. That video has garnered more than 1.2 million views over the past 10 months.

We have no doubt that this latest effort will soon exceed that tally.

Image credits: Video and photographs by Rob Whitworth and used with permission

  • stuart

    off the chats good

  • achira

    creative indeed. makes me look at my city differently

  • Angel Oviedo

    FKN Awesome!

  • The_photographer_Tom

    Simply fantastic.

  • thekid

    would be greater to view in HD!


    Inspirational work.

  • daniel

    what do you mean, it’s available in HD?

  • Anatole

    That’s the best timelapse I’ve ever seen.

  • Vincent

    There is never a reason for ghastly HDR. Never.

  • iHollow

    Proud to be a Malaysian, there are numbers of awesome places for photographers!

  • michaelp42

    Colour me impressed!

  • Mute

    Now there’s something different! Beautifully produced.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Very impressive transitions, some of the most creative time lapse I have seen so far. Fantastic work, great effort and very fun!

  • brandon

    awesome. while i’d like to try my hand at time lapse, i just don’t have the time(no pun intended), and seeing work as impressive as this would surely leave me depressed with whatever i could come up with anyway.

  • Haufman56

    I, sure, like most of the shots the guy took but I think the editing could be improved. It would be way more emotional if he didn’t pan and cut as much and actually allowed the audience to really see a scene. Just make it less hectic. If you spent a day to get one scene right why not use it for 10 secs as opposed to 5? Second I think the video is oversaturized. I would feel more polished if he also used some scenes with more natural colors. So basically a lot of cheap tricks that are not actually necessary because the shots are really neat. Just cut them into a slower pace and apply some color correction.

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  • Johnnie

    I can’t stand HDR. People always overdue it.


    Personally there’s too much saturation to my taste, but it’s really well done and the transitions are refreshing from the usual city timelapses.

  • ken

    “ghastly”. ha! get real bro. everyone has different tastes, and this video was rad.

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  • Roy

    He probably meant that he wanted it sooner, but instead people always overdue it.

  • Roy

    There’s also never a reason for animal cruelty. Fortunately, this video had neither.

  • Dave

    sure, you could do that…. but no one would watch it. Unless a helicopter crashes in the first 15 seconds people move onto the next video. It ain’t art.

  • uninvolved

    great time lapse, amazing transtions. would love to see a “making of”, and yeah, would love to see the non-HDR version..

  • Prabakaran Sangaran

    Malaysians have a naturally beautiful landscape like many other countries. Ours is disappearing fast to the uncivic minded citizens who leave behind rubbish as they like. Look around and see the ignorant future of our countryin years to come.