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Timelapse offers rare glimpse into Changi Airport

A photographer given access to the restricted area of Changi Airport's runway creates a stunning timelapse of air traffic at one of the world's busiest airports.

SINGAPORE: He took more than 11,000 photos, and 7,000 made the final cut. The result is a mesmerising timelapse film of planes taking off and landing at Singapore's Changi Airport called The Air Traffic 2.

22-year-old Milton Tan started his project a year ago, filming in the restricted area of the runway last August, over two days. He says he had been invited to do so by people working at Changi Airport after they had seen one of his earlier films.

The sequences are created from photos taken at 4 to 10 second exposures and at 0 second intervals. "So immediately after the shutter closes it opens again to take the next shot," Mr Tan explains in his blog. 

"I was so close to the planes that my cameras literally got shaken by the rumbles from the jet engines," he wrote. The freelance photographer filmed more scenes outside Changi Airport in April and June this year. He even captured the late-night traffic bathed in the glow of the rare Honey Moon on Friday the 13th. You can see it at 2:55 in the following clip.

(Video: miltonforce on YouTube)

Mr Tan describes the result as planes looking like "epic shooting stars". He published the fruits of his labour on Sunday (Aug 10), after spending 50 to 100 hours editing the piece over months.

"The reception so far has been generally quite good. Lots of people are in awe," he told Channel NewsAsia, adding that the video has notched up more than 2,000 shares on Facebook.

He hopes to film a timelapse of the Icelandic landscape next.