The world keeps turning, the trees keep growing, the city lights keep shining bright and someone, somewhere may be shooting a timelapse video of it all.

Just under a year ago I picked up a semi-decent camera for the first time and I made a commitment to improve my photography and so far I’m happy with the results of this relationship. However, I know I have so much more to learn and one of the beautiful ways that I’m reminded of this is watching timelapse videos. For me, they capture a place in greater depth than a normal video recording, and of course they offer up more than the average photograph because you are looking on not just one moment in time but many. I’m also in awe because I don’t have the first clue about how to start making one… and just when I thought I was beginning to get the hang of this photography game.

Arguably my favourite time lapses are of cities. I love watching the movement of people and cars and the changes in light as night falls yet the energy and activity stay the same if not increase. We’ve collated five of the best city time lapse videos out there so please sit back, relax and get lost in these many beautiful moments from these wonderful cities.

NYC – Manhattan in Motion by Mindrelic.

Osaka in Timelapse by Holger Mette.

Venice in a Day by Joerg Niggli.

You’ve Got To Love London by Alex Silver.

TimeLapse Barcelona by Loyam.


This post was written by Frankie Thompson who was a Travelette from 2012 – 2015. Originally from London, UK, Frankie was nomadic for several years before settling in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lives with her Australian partner and baby boy. She spends her time buying vintage dresses, riding a rusty old bike around the canals and writing books inspired by her travels. Frankie blogs about travel, writing and motherhood at As the Bird flies blog.