I can't travel the world. Thankfully, someone else can and documented it so I can catch all the highlights during my lunch break. Photographer Kien Lam spent 2011 visiting 17 different countries and snapping an amazing 6,237 photos, then edited them together for a quick time lapse journey around the world lasting 290 seconds.
Kien Lam ditched his financial analyst job to purse his love of photography and bought a one-way ticket to London. He spent the next 343 days on the road with his Panaonic Lumix GF-1 shooting between 40-60 photos at each destination where he landed. The result is a whirlwind of day turning to night, beaches, cities and people milling about in awe.
I'm kind of in awe, too.
Incredibly, the 40-60 photos at each location translates into just a two second scene, but strangely you feel like you've had a full — if not speedy — experience. So how exactly did Lam do it?
In an interview with Mashable, Lam details how he shot with a 20mm f/1/ lens and a 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5 lens and used Adobe Lightroom, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro to stitch the photos together for the resulting video which is just under five minutes.
The stats on Lam's video are almost as fun as the video itself. While roaming through the 17 countries, Lam rode on 18 boats, 58 buses and 19 planes over the course of the trip. He visited many "classic" tourist destinations — Stonehenge, the Louvre, Times Square, Mt. Sinai, Pier 39, the Alhambra — and a few places I've never heard of as well.
If I haven't convinced you how cool the video is at this point, I probably never will. Consider though that over two million people and counting have checked out the virtual travelog in just the past few weeks and it's made the rounds of the talk shows. You can't argue with Ellen DeGeneres.
To find out more about Lam's trip and the video you can check out his site. In the meantime, we give you Lam's take on Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, England, France, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States.