In this timelapse film you will see some of Norway´s most famous nature attractions- from the beautiful fjords, spectacular views from famous panoramic viewpoints like Dalsnibba in Geiranger all the way up to Galdhøpiggen (highest mountain peak in Norway and Northern Europe) just to mention a few of the locations in this film.
This is my debut timelapse video, and the making of this film has been a real challenge. Living in Oslo (250-500 km away from the scenery portrayed in this film), I had to make 11 trips over a period of 15 months to fullfill this project. I had to visit and revisit locations which were not easily reached considering the the heavy photo gear I was carrying.
When I look back on this project, the most exhausting and dramatic challenge was to climb Galdhøpiggen 2469m/8100ft (5:10-6:08). I had to visit this mountain twice while I was shooting this movie, as my first attempt back in july 2010 was ruined by strong winds. In 2011, a second attempt was made, and this time I got lucky. As I witnessed a beautiful sunset on the roof of Norway and Northern Europe, I knew I was pushing the boundaries and it would be a race against darkness and dropping temperatures to the valley 1400 meters/4600 ft below. My concern was right. At this alltitude, the temperature drops rapidly when the sun sets, and the snow fields in the rather steep terrain just below the summit (which were safe during the daylight) had now turned into treacherous ice. Although I was aware that the temperature had plummeted, I didn´t know that the snow fields had turned into ice so rapidly. As a result of my carelessness and stupidity, I fell uncontrolled down the steep slope and got some deep cuts in my left hand. After all, I had lucky escape- as I stopped before I was severly hit by the rocks in the end of the slope.
As the darkness fell, I ran into another problem. Even with a powerful headlamp, I couldn't find the cairns which would lead me down to the valley. After a while I was way out of track and heading straight into steep terrain, so I had no other option than to abort the descent and spend the night in this high alpine area. Nedless to say, the night was very cold, and I had to endure frostbite for many hours. Finally, after 17 hours in this high alpine area, I returned to safety.
Special thanks to:
Tore Johnsen who spent many hours to create and synchronize his beautiful music into this film and my parents for the support.
If you want more detailed information about the locations and nature attractions in this video, check out NORWAY-TRAVEL GUIDE vimeo.com/32381957 (nature attractions and locations are added in the right corner)
First of all Black Hole Sun is a statement against light pollution and waste of energy - especially in the European alps. The west and eastern alps offer some of the last remote places where you and your kids can enjoy the beauty of a starry, clear, nightsky, which is the same for all people: one people, one sky!
By contrasting footage of highly lit cities and frequented traffic ways in the tyrol inn-valley with surrounding dark valleys and mountains, I was able to show some effects of light pollution, which hinders us from watching a clear, starry night sky.
Light pollution increases during winter time due to inversion which results in smog in the valleys. inversion means that a heated, polluted layer of air on a valley's bottom is separated from cold, fresh air above. this polluted air causes health problems, especially with children. In some parts of the footage one can see inversion.
Second, Black Hole Sun also shows my dedication to the beautiful mountains in the Alps. I hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I do.
Credits: Many many thanks to Soundgarden for their masterpiece song that gave name to this Video! PLAY IT LOUD and check out the newest Soundgarden concerts on soundgardenworld.com! Second track by Harry Gregson-Williams - "Dinner Out", a great track!
Tech: Nikon D3X, D700, D7000, D300, AFS 14-24/2.8, AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, AF 20/2.8, AF 50/1.8. Astrotac TT320-XAG (astrotrac.com), Dynamic Perception Dolly (dynamicperception.com).
Support: Big thanks to Nikon Professional Services Austria (nikon.at), VauDe (vaude.com) for gear during those really really cold winternights, Steiger Media, Innsbruck (steiger-electronics.at), for helping out with extra Mac Pro rendering hardware and Foto Lamprechter (lamprechter.com).
Inspiration: Thx to Babak Tafreshi from Twanight.org and Bernd Proeschel! Biggest thanks go to my family for all the understanding, without you it simply wouldn't be possible.
Onboard video of some riding with the Flyboards Flydoor and Flysurfer Speed3 Deluxe kite. Enjoy the epic scenery and feeling from this video. Light wind kiteboarding can be awesome, especially when it is riding on glass, see from 01:00 minute onwards!
"Some places are nice to visit and some places just make you feel like the luckiest person in the world. This is what we felt during our trip to Rocklands.
So does Rocklands live up to its hype? Yes, it does. But it's not only about the climbing. It's the whole experience (scenery, people, rock...) that makes the area what it is. We hope this video gives you a genuine image of Rocklands.
This video was shot during June 2012 and it was Mélissa Le Nevé's second trip to Rocklands. Needless to say it will not be her last!"
- Haroun Souirji
Please make sure to watch it in its original Full HD version.