1. There are approximately one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe. Planet Earth is billions of years old.

    Our planet is the only astronomical object known to harbor life as we know it. The solar system is vast and complex. The chaos that emerged from the Big Bang arrived at a place of stability. Planets are in a delicate balance.

    Every sunset and sunrise. Every moonrise and moonset. The rise and the trajectory of the Milky Way. The fall and direction of shadows as the moon sets and the Milky Way rises. We can predict astronomical events with perfect accuracy from any place on Earth.

    Ever since I have been capturing landscape and time-lapse photography, I've been fascinated with the clockwork precision of celestial events. This short movie explores the predictability of our planetary system.

    Catch the first sun rays break over Half Dome in Yosemite. Watch the moon shadows get longer while the Milky Way rises in the opposite direction.

    Follow the Milky Way span the night sky, giving us a tiny glimpse of what else may be out there. Catch the Milky Way rising from behind the moonlit landscape only moments after the moon set. Catch the Supermoon rising over Yosemite.

    With only a few data points we can predict astronomical events with complete accuracy. We can predict moon phases or the rise of the Milky Way years in advance. It appears obvious and easy to take for granted, but it is humbling knowing that Earth is among billions of galaxies.

    It puts life on the human scale into perspective. It makes you wonder if the same predictability pertains to life on Earth. Everything is going through cycles. The seasons, our bodies, stock markets. Can, or should we, be able to predict everything given the right data points?

    Earth’s orbit has been stable for billions of years. Without stability, there is no life on Earth. Without stability, we would not exist. There is a calmness that comes from predictability. To create life, we need predictability.

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    Blog post: kaigradert.com/blog/rise/
    Portfolio: photos.kaigradert.com
    Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/kaigradert
    Follow me on Instagram: instagram.com/kaikemono/
    Follow me on 500px: 500px.com/kaigradert

    All rights reserved. Available for licensing up to 4K resolution. Contact licensing@kaigradert.com.

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    GEAR:

    * Bower 24mm f/1.4
    * Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
    * Canon EF 600mm f/4L
    * Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
    * Canon EOS 6D
    * Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
    * Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

    SOFTWARE:

    * Adobe Lightroom
    * LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com)
    * Adobe After Effects
    * Adobe Premiere

    MOTION CONTROL:

    * Kessler CineDrive
    * Kessler Pocket Dolly
    * Kessler Second Shooter
    * Kessler Stealth Slider
    * kesslercrane.com

    APPS:

    * CamRanger (camranger.com)
    * DSLR Dashboard (dslrdashboard.info)
    * PhotoPills (photopills.com)
    * Sol (https://goo.gl/D9ayfb)
    * Sun Surveyor (sunsurveyor.com)
    * The Photographer's Ephemeris (photoephemeris.com)

    Music by Generdyn. Licensed via Musicbed (musicbed.com).

    # vimeo.com/172491877 Uploaded 16.7K Plays 40 Comments
  2. Shot over the 2011 New Year weekend when a winter storm arrived in Yosemite. Overcast skies the first day, followed by heavy snow on the second day, partly cloudy the third day and sunny the fourth day. You'll see a mixture of shots from the different weather conditions. Enjoy!

    Soundtrack: Xibalba by Clint Mansell

    Website: evosia.com
    Facebook:facebook.com/evosiastudios
    Twitter: twitter.com/evosia

    Motion / Timelapse gear from Kessler Crane. Henry is a Kessler sponsored shooter. kesslercrane.com

    # vimeo.com/18832992 Uploaded 197K Plays 91 Comments
  3. A different version of A Timelapse Journey with Nature made for the Jane Goodall Live Event (janegoodalllive.com) on September 27, 2011.

    Website: evosia.com
    Facebook:facebook.com/evosiastudios (for updates and behind the scenes)
    Twitter: twitter.com/evosia

    Film by Henry Jun Wah Lee, Evosia Studios

    Music by Justin R. Durban, justindurban.com

    Motion / Timelapse gear from Kessler Crane. Henry is a Kessler sponsored shooter. kesslercrane.com

    # vimeo.com/29650454 Uploaded 118K Plays 67 Comments
  4. See the new behind the scenes video: vimeo.com/49233570

    Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/evosiastudios
    Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/evosia
    Website: evosiastudios.com

    A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (monoofjapan.com), Legend takes you on an epic 12 minute visual and aural journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.

    The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon's glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.

    Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.

    Mono's score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album "For my parents". Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland - a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.

    The album is available for pre-order: monoishere.com/2012/07/30/pre-order-for-my-parents-now/

    We would like to thank the following supporters for making this film possible:

    Kessler Crane: KesslerCrane.com
    Glacier Rental Car: glaciercarrental.is

    Special thanks to Egill Agustsson and Adalsteinn Petur Karlsson of Husavik for their help with my car problems on Iceland National Day. It's the country's biggest holiday and they helped me get back on the road so I could continue filming.

    Last but not least, a big thank you to fellow filmmaker Joe Capra (scientifantastic.com) for his guidance and inspiration. His tips and advice were invaluable in helping me prepare for this trip.

    A 4K version will be released soon! Please follow or subscribe to us to receive the latest updates.

    # vimeo.com/47015825 Uploaded 495K Plays 117 Comments
  5. I teach workshops in amazing places: evosiastudios.com/workshops/

    This is the 4K resolution (4096 x 2304), 5 minute edited version of the music video Legend. To see it in actual 4K, please watch here: youtube.com/watch?v=VR-w55zWfJM and select "Original" resolution.

    Behind the scenes: vimeo.com/49233570
    Original 12 minute film: vimeo.com/47015825

    Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/evosiastudios
    Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/evosia
    Website: evosiastudios.com

    A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (monoofjapan.com), Legend takes you on an epic journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.

    The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon's glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.

    Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.
    Mono's score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album "For my parents". Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland - a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.

    The album is available for pre-order: monoishere.com/2012/07/30/pre-order-for-my-parents-now/

    We would like to thank the following supporters for making this film possible:
    Kessler Crane: KesslerCrane.com
    Glacier Rental Car: GlacierCarRental.is

    Special thanks to Egill Agustsson and Adalsteinn Petur Karlsson of Husavik for their help with my car problems on Iceland National Day. It's the country's biggest holiday and they helped me get back on the road so I could continue filming.

    Last but not least, a big thank you to fellow filmmaker Joe Capra (scientifantastic.com) for his guidance and inspiration. His tips and advice were invaluable in helping me prepare for this trip.

    Please follow or subscribe to us to receive the latest updates.

    # vimeo.com/51084197 Uploaded 45.8K Plays 22 Comments

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