One of the first featurettes filmed with prototypes of the new Phantom Flex4K Digital Cinema Camera on August 15th, 2013. Director Brendan Bellomo and cinematographer Greg Wilson partnered with Abel Cine Tech NY, Sleeper Pictures and Vision Research Inc. for a day at the track with MDJ Racing. This is a true 4K camera capable of 1000fps with incredible dynamic range, color fidelity and staggeringly low noise. This footage is part of the upcoming feature documentary, Speed and the Art of Letting Go, we're working on for Sleeper Pictures.
I have photographed each of the 59 US National Parks, often with an ancient-looking large-format camera. The volcanoes of Hawaii are such a dynamic landscape that to tell their story, I felt inspired to interpret them through motion using time-lapse and DSLR video. Although I've been shooting clips for years, this is my first completed video.
Here are highlights of this unique sea-to-summit project, filmed in 2011/2013, mostly in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
1. One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature I've witnessed is lava flowing to the ocean as clouds of steam rise from the meeting of fire and water. I stood mere feet away from the 2000F lava. After everybody had left, I stayed to record the pulse of the flow over an entire night.
2. Since 2008, the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Kilauea Summit contains an active lava lake which at night illuminates a large gas plume. I captured the Milky Way appearing in a weather break above by setting up my camera in driving rain.
3. Besides filming Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, from Mauna Kea and Haleakala (I've included a shot of the "world's most beautiful sunrise"), I backpacked for a solitary dozen miles on steep and sharp lava rocks to its 13,700 feet summit. In the morning, my water bottle was frozen solid after I had camped to capture what is likely the first night-time and sunrise time-lapses from the top of the summit cliffs overlooking the immense Mokuaweoweo caldera. They bookend the video.
Notes and stills: http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/2013/06/11/hawaii-volcanoes-video-notes-and-stills
More detailed guides/trip reports/behind the scenes:
Website (with 30,000+ photographs): http://www.terragalleria.com
Hawaii Volcanoes picture gallery: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.hawaii-volcanoes.html