‘Speeding Around The World In Under 5 Minutes’ Video A YouTube Sensation

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Picture 51In the past, amazing time-lapse videos have hit YouTube and collected millions of views, likes and shares by Facebook and Twitter users. But a new time-lapse video that was released a few weeks ago surely puts the rest to shame.

A new video by photographer Kien Lam takes viewers on a breathtaking journey through 17 countries, all documented in 343 days through 6,237 photographs.

The video called “Speeding Around The World in Under 5 Minutes” provides amazing shots of the famous Machu Picchu, Peru and Mt. Sinai, Egypt. Photos from Petra, Jordan to Lagos, Portugal and Paris, France are all the product of Lam, who explains his experience in the YouTube video caption.

“After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London,” he says. “17 countries later, I compiled this time lapse of the many amazing places I came across.”

The 5 minute video is proving to be quite popular as it has collected over 1.6 million views since it was posted December 31.

The video features images of the United States, England, France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.

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According to Lam, each photo was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5. The photos were then edited together with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

The music featured in the video is called “Places and Faces” and was composed by Lam’s little brother, William.

“Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video,” notes Lam, who also says the piece will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com on January 15.

Lam thanks his fellow travelers, saying, “To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you’ve left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video.”

Check out the video.