The largest tropical forest on earth, the Amazon plays a critical role in regulating global climate, storing massive amounts of carbon and emitting 20 percent of the world’s life-giving oxygen. But rapid deforestation has destroyed nearly a fifth of the rain forest and has brought it to a tipping point: if we lose much more of the Amazon, the damage will become irreversible.
Hanging in the Balance tells the story of several social entrepreneurs who have been working to save the rainforest, with remarkable results. In Columbia, Gaia Amazonas has helped protect indigenous lands encompassing one-fifth of the entire country. And in Brazil, Amazon Conservation Team, Imazon and Forest trends have contributed to efforts that reduced deforestation by 80% since 2004-- the single greatest reduction of carbon emissions ever achieved by humankind.
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This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (http://bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
Alone, I drove almost 3.500Km, hiked around 100km, met lots of people and have seen unbelievable landscapes. Putting those 19 days in four minutes and a half was the most difficult part.
Travelling to Iceland is an overwhelming life experience, and I definitely want to come back.
- Canon 7D
- Canon 17-55mm 2.8
- Canon 50mm 1.4
- GoPro Hero 3 (only used in the car shots)
God is an Astronaut - Loss
Special Thanks to:
Joe Capra (The Midnight Sun), Klara Harden (Made in Iceland) and Eric Hines (Expedition Iceland) for inspiring me with their work.
Michael Levy for the International Photographer's Map (Indispensable for this trip http://www.international-photographer.com/maps/iceland/ ). Isabela Ramos for the HUGE help in Providence (Valeu Tutu).
Fred Ekblad for the help in Laugavegurinn (I want to see your shots, man).
And all the friendliest people of Iceland.