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Landscapes: Volume 2 is the second of a 4 part series (so far). Every frame of this video is a raw still from a Canon 5D2 DSLR and processed with Adobe software. In Volume 2 I again show off my beautiful home state of Arizona and I also made several trips to Utah. This video has some iconic landmarks that we have seen before. I felt that showing them again with motion controlled HDR and/or night timelapse would be a new way to see old landmarks.
Most of the motion control for this video was done with the Stage Zero Dolly by Dynamic Perception. Once I got comfortable using the DP dolly I fell in love. I can set up shots now in much shorter times. More importantly for me, it is much smaller and much more portable than my homemade motion control. Without it, shots like the Delicate Arch shot in Utah would be nearly impossible due to the length of the hike. Buy the Stage Zero Dolly if you are looking for quality, inexpensive, easy-to-use motion control. dynamicperception.com/
2 years have passed since Framed I has been a big success on the internet. After his crash, Andi Wittmann had to pause a while to get back in shape and train hard to be on his top level.
In Fall 2012, Andi and I squeezed in about 3 days to wrap the freeride and some freestyle shots in Neukirchen / Austria for the project "Framed 2"
Andi and I just wanted to capture the season in 3-4min and show that it's possible to get up to the top if you train hard and focus on your passion.
After all, everyone should get on their bikes to enjoy nature instead of sitting in their offices and watching the sun setting.
Aerial Shots were filmed by airV8, additional footage was shot by Lukas Tielke (Peoplegrapher).
Instead of animating, I decided to film real metal letters, provided by our friend "Luc" (Ludwig Grimm) who did a great job making some nice titles :)
and thanks Rick Macomber and Tommy Davis for doing a quick test-Voiceover for the Video
Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself. Here’s why I think we should care more.
The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed.
But in reality, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and some have never even seen the Milky Way. We take the skies for granted and are rather lost in our busy lives without much care for the view of the stars.
How does light pollution affect the night skies and quite possibly our lives?
“Into the Night, the relative nature of everything” showcases stunning night skies and its significance in human lives. Looking at the night sky gives us a perspective of who we are, losing which, only increases the differences between us, humans.
My mother(Uma Murali) once told me a story of Akbar and Birbal(A king and one of his Ministers). Akbar placed a large stick and promised a reward for anyone who made the stick smaller without touching it. When everyone failed at this seemingly impossible task, Birbal placed a longer stick next to it and made it smaller. That’s relativity. From this vantage point, the Earth, the cosmos throws a show in such seamless fashion every night that's beyond us; as though we stood still.
We seem to develop and progress as humankind, but have we lost our sense of place in the Universe by entangling ourselves in a web of rules and systems we live by. As I fly in space among billions of stars and galaxies, I wonder what we’d be if we started afresh.
Do the lives out there adhere to complex rules or have governing bodies. Do they spew anger and hatred; I wonder. What we have created is relative. In the giant scale of the Universe, we are all one and the same. Let us get lost in the majesty of this Universe and be pleasant and forgiving to one another. I present to you - “Into the Night, the relative nature of everything”.
Created in fond memories of my cousin S.Karthik(thus SKAR photo); was 18 at the time. He was the smartest, nicest and the most humble person I have known. If I could be half the man he was, I'd be very happy.
Things to notice in the video: 1:09 - The Moon sets over the pacific ocean in Hawaii. 1:37 - Mt Shasta is actually lit by a setting crescent Moon. 1:54 - 2:06 - Several white dots move from right to the left. Those are satellites. 2:20 - 2:30 - The Milky Way leaves a faint glow on the ocean as it moves from the left to right. 2:35 - Venus, Jupiter and Mars rise over the clouds pre dawn in Haleakala in Maui. The beam of light in the center is Zodiacal light, sunlight reflected off space dust. 2:43 - Notice anything weird? The Orion constellation circles counterclockwise, rising on the right and setting on the left. This is because Kenya is at the equator. 2:50 - A meteor bursts, followed by smoke.
Interesting experiences from making this film:
The first location I shot at was Grand Canyon. It was very dark, very cold and windy, powerful enough to blow the tripods down. I thought I was crazy doing this project and almost gave up. I fell sick later due to the cold weather.
Shooting at Grand Canyon had an eerie feel to it with the darkness, a sky full of stars, the mighty winds, the insect sounds and a canyon a mile deep centimeters from me.
That moment of awe when I saw the Moon upside down on the drive up to Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.
The first visitors to the Haleakala summit asked me if I worked there because they weren't expecting to see anyone that early. I was there as early as 2:45 AM.
I mistook zodiacal light for light pollution and minutes later when I realized, I wanted to shout, oh my goodness, it's zodiacal light!
Used a walkie talkie from the summit to periodically tell my wife that I'm safe.
Out in 0C at 10, 000 feet with heavy winds for 3 hours straight, my face shrank considerably and lost a few pounds, making my fitness conscious wife jealous :)
Shot over 11 nights and one day (with two cameras) in the last 6 months in various locations in CA, AZ, HI and Kenya. Over 40 hours out in the dark and 5,000 photos.