These woods are alive.

Sunlight and shadows move together in an intricate dance as the trees sway and creak in the breeze.

The pine needle carpeting is soft underfoot and the ground heaves slowly as the tall ones catch a high wind.

In short, it's the perfect place to visit for a moving Winter Solstice greeting card.

Enjoy the Season!

I made this time lapse footage a few days before the solstice this week, around noon, in the right angle woods at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, NJ. This stand of trees has amazed me since I first visited here close to twenty years ago–its featured on the 2nd Edition of my book, Practical HDRI, and I find myself drawn back here again and again to experiment with creative techniques.

The motion tracks in the video are made with the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly. This is my first field test of this amazing creeper track for really bringing time lapse footage to life. The ultrawide angle footage on the Stage Zero is captured with a Canon EOS Rebel XTi and the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM, and the macro footage was made with an original Canon EOS 5D and the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro. BTW, The very last scene in the video during the quick credits shows the shadow of the dolly tracking and camera platform in motion.

All sequences captured at 1 second interval as top-quality JPEGs, toned in Adobe Camera Raw, and rendered in After Effects, with final scene transitions, titling, and audio track added in iMovie. The audio is "Carolan's Draught" by Slainté, via the Vimeo Music Store under Creative Commons Attribution usage.

Enjoy the season!

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