We took a day trip up to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii in a 4x4 jeep to see these majestic observatories. There are plenty of signs warning you of the impending danger of driving so high, but the journey is spectacular and fine if the weather is good. What awaits you is one of the most surreal places on earth with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas. The strange shapes of the observatories looking out into the cosmos in such a remote and peaceful place makes for an eerie yet beautiful scene. Naturally I had to film the experience though there's not a lot of movement up there. It seamed wrong to break the stillness with lots of pans and zooms so I kept the camera locked down in an effort to capture some of the unique atmosphere on Mauna Kea. Hope you enjoy it.

Music by Tycho
Shot with the Canon XF100
September 2011

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