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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.
The short was shot partially during the Jodlow Star Party 2010 in the middle of September, where we did serious testing of DitoGear™ Slider pre-production units and also during a few recent days at surprising surroundings of Wrocław, Poland.
What I love about this slider is that it works either in horizontal and vertical mode giving the option for crane-like shots. It adds a lot to your shooting style being very compact and portable at the same time.
Needless to say it works not only as a time-lapse dolly, but also as a video slider at higher speeds. The short, however, features only timelapse shots.
As you get more and more gear it is sometimes difficult to keep focused on shooting. The slider is very easy and quick to setup and provides a really intuitive and convenient user interface. I can virtually start shooting within 3 minutes on a location. It is a huge step forward comparing to my previous DIY timelapse dolly which took ma about an hour to setup.
If you're interested in the DitoGear™ Slider you'll find more details at ditogear.com
I am also planning on writing a more detailed product review on lookycreative.com. Stay tuned.
Enjoy the film!