Monument Valley is one of those places you must visit when touring the SW of the USA. It is a very spiritual place, peaceful yet breathtaking in it's beauty. It is world famous for it's portrayal in early western cinema, and highly significant for it's inhabitants from the Navajo nation whom still live in the valley today.
This short film is a story in two halves. First you will join me as we greet the sunrise on a back country tour. The music for this part was played by our tour guide, Larson Homer on his native Indian flute. The second half was filmed from one of the valleys vantage points at "The View" hotel inside the Navajo Nation. It shows mother nature's changing moods in a series of time-lapses, juxtaposing the seemingly immovable rock against the ever changing sky.
I wish to say a special thank you to Navajo Spirit Tours (themonumentvalley.net/) who agreed to still run my sunrise tour despite mine being the only booking. My time at Monument Valley was very limited, and this was almost my only opportunity to see the inside of the valley. Thank you also to my guide, Larson, who permitted me to capture his haunting flute as the perfect backdrop to this piece.
Camera: Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Handycam
Tripod: Gorilla Pod + Manfroto 190CLB
Post Production: Adobe Premiere CS5 + Mercalli V2 Stabilisation
Native Indian Flute - Played by Larson Homer - His own Composition
Used with permission from the performer
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The Bird Market in Yogyakarta/Indonesia is not just an ordinary bird market. It's a fascinating and buzzing place full of energy and life. All kinds of animals live and/or die here amongst people, who are also trying to make a living. We wanted to take a quick look at the market, but then stayed for over an hour. Luckily, a friendly local took us along and showed us around - and he also told us a little about himself. I took my camera and started filming...here's the result!