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Watch A ‘Day in the Life’ of London Underground in it’s 150th year

The TFL video above looks at the Tube over the past 12 months during its 150th anniversary. It quickly whizzes you around the network in (bizarrely) one minute and 52 seconds. It includes several great timelapse shots as well snapshots of normal Londoners using the network.

Give it a watch to quickly relive the past year on the Tube.

Full video title: Snapshot 1:50 - a 'Day in the Life' of London Underground in it's 150th year

Watch London Timelapse By Mattia Bicchi

The second timelapse film from Mattia Bicchi this week, this one is simply titled London Timelapse. It features footage from November 2012 to February 2013 and includes locations such as City Hall, Covent Garden, Liverpool Street Station, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Westminster and Canary Wharf.

The shots of the Millennium Bridge and Battersea Power Station are particularly good with latter likely no longer possible in a few years time. Overall a really enjoyable timelapse, but I don't think quite as good as his previous films: London Architecture Timelapse and Is Christmas Time. That said this is still miles ahead of most other timelapse film makers.

You can follow Mattia's work on his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Watch London Architecture Timelapse (Hyperlapse) By Mattia Bicchi

Big cities in general and London in particular seem to lend themselves to timelapse videos. If you've read this blog for any period of time you'll know I'm a huge fan of timelapse films and one of my favourite film makers is Mattia Bicchi. He's done some amazing videos over the last year or so, including the London Architecture Time Lapse above.

This is another wonderful video that features many of his tracking timelapse shots and many architecturally interesting locations in London, that while well known, aren't famous. The full list of locations include:

  • Canary Wharf
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Strata Tower
  • King's Cross Station
  • Palestra Building
  • Royal Albert Hall (amazing tracking shot)
  • British Museum
  • RBS Building
  • Broadgate Tower
  • Wembley Stadium (amazing tracking shot)
  • Heron Tower
  • O2 Arena (amazing tracking shot)
  • St. Giles Building
  • The Shard
  • National Maritime Museum (amazing tracking shot)
  • Wellington Arch (great zooming shot)
  • St. Paul's Cathedral (amazing tracking shot)
  • Houses of Parliament (great zooming shot)

Not sure how he's able to find so many blue sky days in London. Among his best yet, so give it a watch.

You can follow Mattia's work on his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Yet Another London Timelapse, This One By Greg Brummel

If there's one thing I can't resist, it's a London timelapse video. The one above was created by Greg Brummel and features your standard London locations. The footage was clearly taken over a relatively long period of time, as shots of sledding are followed by those in the summer. I found some of the crowd sounds a little creepy, but its well worth a watch. Hope to see more from Greg in the future.

Is Christmas Time – Another Amazing Mattia Bicchi London Timelapse Film

Is Xmas Time - A London Time Lapse film from Mattia Bicchi Photography on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, most of us had to go back to work yesterday after a long Christmas holiday. Is Christmas Time (or Is X-mas Time) is an another amazing timelapse film by Mattia Bicchi. I think it helps remind us of how wonderful London looked during the holidays.

While the film includes a few of what we can call standard London timelapse shots (e.g. Thames & London Eye), it also includes some incredible panning/moving/zooming ones. Apparently according to Mattia, he "used a monopod and shot for each step, and then stabilized in post-production." Watch to see what I mean.

Locations include: The South Bank, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus, Regents Street, Natural History Museum, Winter Wonderland (in Hyde Park), and Harrods, among others. Where was your favourite London spot for Christmas 2012?

Another Great Timelapse Video – ‘Timelapse London’

Timelapse London from Ben Grubb on Vimeo.

Besides the Tube, I probably feature more timlapse videos of London than anything else. 'Timelapse London' was shot by Ben Grubb and features most of your standard timelpase locations: Waterloo station, Houses of Parliament (with a great shot of the clock on Big Ben rotating), Canary Wharf, Battersea Power Station and St. Paul's among others.

Overall, the quality of cinematography is better than average. My only criticism is that the video doesn't really hold any cohesive narrative. It jumps from the West London to East and then back again. Still this is only a minor niggle and the short film deserves more attention than it's received.

My London – Another Timelapse Video From Summer 2012

My London. (Timelapse) from Ollie Smalley Photography on Vimeo.

There's something about London that lends itself to timelapse videos. The video above called 'My London' was shot by Ollie Smalley Photography over the summer of 2012. The video has your standard timelapse shots of the London Eye, the Thames and the Tube.

What makes it somewhat unique is the time it was taken. In it you can see Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings and King's Cross Station with the ugly green canopy, both things I've covered on this blog before and both things that aren't permanent. I think the video shows a lot of promise and look forward to seeing what Ollie Smalley Photography has in tore for us in the future.

London Lights – Shows How Beautiful London Is At Night

London Lights from Nicholas Buer on Vimeo.

With the days continuing to get shorter it can sometimes be difficult to remember that London can be beautiful at night too. This beautifully shot timelapse video by Nicholas Buer shows the lights of London's buildings. It's been around for about 8 months now, and was originally shot from November 2011 to February 2012. Still if you't seen it, it's the perfect time of year to have a look. Shorter days and long nights aren't all bad.