Behind the scenes of David and Goliath image. This image was taken at Cabo Pulmo National Park and submitted to the Nat Geo photo contest 2012. You can see more of images from this place and about Mexican seas on this link to view on.fb.me/Tna2sr.
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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.
When an island with a circumference of 1900km is home to some 130 volcanoes, lies on a major fault line and is situated within the aurora belt, you know that it has all the right ingredients to be some of mother natures finest work. And when she created Iceland she did not disappoint.
This film was shot in the South and the South East of Iceland between the regions of Skógar and Skaftafell. Everyone says it but it's true, Iceland really is a mecca for landscape photography and I cannot wait to return to explore more of this fascinating country.
One thing to take note of though is that the Icelandic weather system is like a mischievous child. She could be throwing snow, wind and rain at you one minute, then glorious sunshine and clear skies the next. There is a saying in Iceland that is 'If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes' and as amusing as this is it's also quite true! The volatile nature of the weather proved to be a bit of a challenge on this shoot as some days were entirely lost too it. But to be honest I wouldn't of had it any other way as it was all part of the experience and added to the adventure.
I love the Nordic countries, it's not just the beautiful landscapes, it's the atmosphere, the clean air, the dark skies and the quiet. Iceland is another gem in the bejewelled crown of the frozen North.
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