This film follows the ancient cycle of sunset, to night, to sunrise. A continuous loop of perpetual movement that has been unbroken since the dawn of time, and the only true constant in our lives.
I shot this film over 12 days around the San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile. San Pedro is an oasis town in the Atacama and sits at an altitude of 2600m. The town is a great base to explore the fascinating landscapes that surround it, and everything just goes up and up.
The Atacama is well-known for what are arguably the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth. The dry air adds an extra transparency and this coupled with the altitude creates a night sky like no other. I visited at a time when Venus was situated quite close to the centre of the Milky Way; an astronomical event that only takes place every 8 years or so. I also timed my visit with the Autumn equinox which is a good time of year to capture Zodiacal light; the celestial phenomenon caused by sunlight scattering interplanetary space dust in the Zodiacal cloud. It stretches across the ecliptic and glows for a short while after sunset like a UFO beam and I was lucky enough to witness this every night I stepped out into the dark.
In my opinion an adventure is not complete unless there are challenges, and this trip was no different. My luggage was lost for the first 6 days I was there so for half of my trip I had no tripods and no motion control equipment. I shot many time-lapses in this film with my cameras on buckets weighted down with rocks! it was far from ideal but I was determined not to miss an opportunity to capture this wonderful sky. I battled through with little food and less sleep, language barriers and I even broke down in the middle of nowhere at one point, but at least the sunset was nice that evening! I found the Atacama to be a very harsh landscape; the dry air makes your skin crack and split, the winds pummel you with every gust and the altitude slows you down and affects your ability to hike with heavy equipment. By the end of this trip me, my kit and my car had taken a real battering but it was all worth it, I wouldn't have had it any other way.
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© Nicholas Buer 2014
Better Late than Never, here is the Recap with the best shots from the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2012 edition, with action footage, interviews and the final ceremony. As usual, this event is one of the most radical and exiting to enjoy live or thru a screen. Happy to have 4 Drift HD's on the top 5. For this edition all the riders were impressed on how much viewers was at the side of the track, and how they get crazy with any stunt they make on the jumps. Happy for Chile, this year the first place was for the chilean Mauricio Acuña, followed by Filip Polc, Cedric Gracia, Marcelo Gutierrez and Antonio Leiva, in that order.
Mejor tarde que nunca, aquí esta el resumen con las mejores imágenes del Valparaiso Cerro Abajo edición 2012, con tomas de acción, entrevistas, y la premiación. Como de costumbre, este evento es uno de los mas radicales y emocionantes de ver en vivo o a través de una pantalla. Contentos de haber tenido 4 Drift HD's en el Top 5. Para esta edición todos los competidores estaban sorprendidos por la cantidad de gente al lado de la pista y como se revolucionaba el ambiente con cada truco en los saltos. Feliz por Chile, este año el primer lugar quedo para el chileno Mauricio Acuña, seguido por Filip Polc, Cedric Gracia, Marcelo Gutierrez y Antonio Leiva, en ese orden.
Grabado 100% con las cámaras Drift Stealth y HD!... Get Out There!
Song: Biomecca - Art of Flight
Edit: Coke Fernández
En esta primera entrega de De Sol a Sol, nos internamos en esquís de randonée en el Monumento Natural El Morado (Cajón del Maipo), para testear la línea Patagonia Ski/Snowboard 2012. Muy buena sesión de backcountry en las montañas de Chile - y sin un alma a la vista.
Director: Rodrigo Farias Moreno
Cámara HD: José Ignacio Morales, Jimmy Mora
Riders: Glen Morden (Diseñador Patagonia), Ryan Hawks (Free Skiing World Tour), Jose Ignacio Morales (Patagonia Chile)
Lugar: Monumento El Morado, Cajon del Maipo, Chile
La música a cargo de:
Sopa de Jaiva
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