“The Lion City” is an incredible intersection of two intriguing camera techniques: Tilt-shift and time lapse. Time lapse, of course, is video shot at a frame rate much lower than what is used to view the sequence, creating a sense of increased speed. So, an image captured once every second, but played back at 30 frames per second, would appear accelerated by 30x. You’ll see this used a lot for naturally slow processes, like blooming flowers and sunsets.
Tilt-shift is a technique that creates a “miniature effect” for videos and photographs. Most often, subjects are shot from high angles, to instill a sense of peering down at a scale model. Tilt-shift lenses simulate a shallow depth of field, giving an image the classic optical-illusion effect. This video combines both techniques to showcase Singapore, The Lion City, in all its tiny, fast-moving glory. Enjoy.
To learn a little bit more about tilt-shift technique, here are 50 photographic examples, like this one by Vincent Laforet: