Racking up over one million views on YouTube in approximately two weeks, photographer Kien Lam created a time-lapse video (embedded below) comprised of 6,237 photographs documenting his year long trip around the world. Lam quit his job as a securities finance analyst at Blackrock during August 2010 and decided to spend 2011 visiting 17 different countries over a period of 343 days. To start the journey, Lam packed up his Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and purchased a one-way plane ticket to London, England. Lam intended to capture time-lapse photographs at various locations in each of the 17 countries that he visited.
Shooting with both a 20mm f/1.7 lens and a 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, Lam captured approximately 40 to 60 photographs for each two-second scene within the video according to an interview with Mashable. During the post-production process, Lam edited the photographs together into the 290-second video using Abode Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. Lam also got his brother to compose an original musical track to go along with the video. Countries represented within the video include Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, England, France, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States. Lam visited popular landmarks such as Stonehenge, the Louvre, Times Square, Mt. Sinai, Pier 39 and the Alhambra. He also rode on 18 boats, 58 buses and 19 planes over the course of the entire trip.
While his server is occasionally buckling under the stress of site visitors that are likely dreaming about quitting their own job for a trip around the world, a detailed account of his journey can be found on Lam’s personal site. One of the most popular videos detailing someone who quit their job to take a trip around the world features former video game designer Matt Harding dancing at various locations around the globe. Harding’s original dancing video has been viewed over 40 million times on YouTube and he has appeared on television shows such as The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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