First things first: This is not a finished product. Oregon really is so much more than I've been able to capture here. So I plan to do several of these in the coming year. Ironically for someone who loves video, I've taken a lot more still shots in Oregon than video. So my source material was limited. I have at least five or six locations I wanted to include but time wasn't on my side. Thus I decided to take what I had and put something together rather than have video sitting collecting dust. Again, I promise to extend this or at the very least make a second version.
When you have amazing beauty it is kind of difficult to take a bad picture. Oregon has so much natural beauty, I wanted to show it in different ways. Over the past few years I've become enamored with timelapse photography. This project is my initial entry into that area of this craft. I love the finished work of timelapses. But the amount of time it takes to locate and capture good images is insane! A good solid 10-second clip can take anywhere from 3-5 hours, not including setup and travel. It is easy to burn an entire day just to grab a few seconds of usable video. I've heard timelapses called a "labor of love" and I fully understand what that means now. Challenging, but worth it.
Regardless, this was an amazing journey for me. Although there are a few live action shots, most of the images are timelapses. The challenge for me was that I knew very little about shooting timelapses when I started. But through trial and error -- and researching other great filmmakers and photographers -- I began to get more comfortable. I am already looking forward to the next one!
I wanted this project to focus on Oregon's natural environment. I do have other time lapses that include people, cars and buildings. But this video was all about the incredible mountains, trees and waters of Oregon. I haven't scratched the surface in this video. There is simply too much beauty in this state.
I can also say most of the images captured here were taken when I was alone. That "aloneness" surrounded by all the beauty of the Oregon landscape really had a profound impact on me. I live here. But being required to sit and wait for my camera to do its thing, allowed me to simply absorb the phenomenal views I was capturing. It was very cleansing and wonderfully peaceful.
I admit a few of the shots are subpar in terms of what I wanted to capture. Those are older shots I wanted to include mostly for myself because they were great memories. I was using older equipment at the time and they aren't as good as the more recent shots.
Overall I'm happy with most of the shots I took. I know I need more content and I'd also like to include more medium and close-up shots. I think shot variety is one of the things missing from this version.
I meant what I said about being very thankful to the countless other filmmakers and photographers I've followed, reviewed, watched and studied over the last year an a half. Your videos inspired me to step-up my game and learn more. I know I have a way to go, but thanks to many of you, I've at least been able to get the first one completed.
Equipment: All but three shots were taken within the last year (summer 2012 to summer 2013) using my Nikon D7000. Someday I'll graduate to a full frame camera, but for the time-being I am loving my D7000. I used a variety of lenses from wide angles to zooms. For some of the motion shots, I used the Stage Zero Dolly by Dynamic Perception (dynamicperception.com). I fully intend to use the Stage Zero system a lot in my next timelapse video. What a wonderful piece of equipment!
I used Photomatix Pro to process the bracketed photo sets and a combination of Lightroom 4 and After Effects to merge the sequences. Everything was cut together with Adobe Premiere Pro.
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