It's not easy to come up with something new when you visit the same place every year for more than a decade. Over the years Marsel has created the most extensive and most popular night photography portfolio of Namibia on this planet, and two years ago he decided it was time to take it to the next level.
The idea was to create a night photography timelapse video featuring his most popular subjects in this amazing country: the fairytale-like quivertrees and the eery, dead camelthorn trees in Deadvlei - something that had never been done before. But instead of going for static scenes, Marsel decided to add movement to the scenes by using a dolly system.
All scenes were shot during the night with Nikon D3, D3s and D4 cameras. We used small headlights for selectively lighting trees and rocks, and we sometimes used the moon. The brighter the scene, the more moon there was at the time. For the arch scene we timed our shoot exactly with moonset, which involved quite a bit of calculating and planning. But the hardest one of all was probably the mist scene in Deadvlei. Mist in Deadvlei only occurs around five times a year, so we had to keep a close eye on the weather predictions and many attempts were unsuccessful. When we finally got it right, the results far exceeded our expectations and show Deadvlei as no one has ever seen it before.
Each second of video consists of 30 photographs. In total, Marsel shot more than 16,000 images over a period of two years for this project.
The video won First Prize in the 2012 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards.
Marsel & Daniella
Director: Marsel van Oosten
Editor: Daniella Sibbing
Composer: Simon Wilkinson
Produced by: Squiver
Cameras: Nikon D3, D3s and D4
Lenses: Nikon 14-24/2.8 and 24-70/2.8
Dolly: Stage Zero, Dynamic Perception
Best Viewed in Full Screen (with scaling turned off)
From meandering streams and forest-dwelling organisms to the grandeur of high mountains above tree-line, this short film wanders through the contrasting wilderness of Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia and California.
WANDERMENT is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while backpacking. Countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and adventurous backpacking in California and Alaska provided no shortage of opportunity to capture the planet’s poetry in motion. Further juxtaposing these contrasting landscapes is the use of both color and black and white techniques throughout the film. Each time-lapse sequence, comprised of hundreds of still images, represents a chance to share these reflective moments far away from urban epicenters. It offers a simple reminder to step outside with your friends and family to experience and respect nature first-hand.
Produced by The Upthink Lab [Atlanta, Georgia] - upthink.tv/timelapse
Cinematography & Direction by Doug Urquhart
In-studio Funghi Cinematography by Doug Urquhart and Erik Huber
Film Score by Curtis Schweitzer - curtisschweitzer.com/
Color Correction & Editing by Doug Urquhart
High five to all my friends who shared the path less traveled and hauled extra equipment along the way:
Karen Urquhart, Guy Thorsby, Chris McClure, Greg Gunter
Special Thanks to:
Erik Huber, Brad Ballard and Sweetwater Creek State Park, Meghan J. Ward, Jim & Margi Urquhart, Brian Burling, Jay Burlage, Fred Beal, K2 Aviation, Seward Helicopters, Rylan Hayes, Instructables, Ultimaker, Shapeways, i Materialise, Joe Stock and Dan Oberlatz, Nimia.com
Equipment used: Canon 6D, Canon 5D3, Canon T3i running Magic Lantern (3+ month solarCam, underwater control), Samyang Cine Primes (14,24,35,85), Canon 70-200, eMotimo TB3, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero & One, Custom 3D printed motion control gear (powered by eMotimo code) to reduce weight for backpacking, custom focus stacking technique via Dragon Frame (we hope to see this as a real feature in a future release), Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, LRTimelapse, and quality gear from Western Mountaineering, REI, The North Face and Outdoor Research.
"Pequena Grande Vitória” nasceu ao longo do ano de 2014 e reuniu mais de 15 mil fotografias e 1 terabyte de arquivos. Inicialmente, o projeto consistia em experimentação de diferentes técnicas de timelapse, repleta de tentativas e erros.
Entretanto, a cada lugar visitado encontravamos não só o conhecimento técnico que buscávamos, como também uma nova forma de ver Vitória.
Iniciou-se assim a busca por pontos de diferentes ângulos de visibilidade, e quando percebemos já tinha se tornado viciante subirmos no topo de edifícios para, enfim, encontrar a nossa “Pequena Grande Vitória".
Dirigido, Fotografado e Editado pela dupla:
Gustavo Martins e Marina Abranches
There are numerous time lapse videos of Iceland and Norway showing the beauty of their remote landscapes. But when you're in the mountains, looking down, you see so many things happening. Especially in places like Geiranger (Norway) where ferries are sailing back and forth through the fjords, kayak cruises arriving and departing and cars crawling up and down the steep roads. I wanted to portray this like you are watching an ants hill, which gives such a funny perspective on things.
To answer some photographers questions. All footage is shot with the Panasonice GH3, Canon 7D and 650D. Most footage in Norway on the 7D with the 50mm f1.8. Interval 1 image p/s with intervalometer. In Iceland I have mainly used the GH3 with continuous shutter. Lenses on the GH3 were the Voightländer 25mm f0.95 and the Lumix 35-100. The tilt shift effect is added in post with Lens blur and a keyframed depth pass.
Miniature Chicago - Summer 2014. My first tilt&shift timelapse made with Canon 7D and Rokinon T&S lens . I used 4000 pictures for this video. No Photoshop or color correction done. Mostly shot downtown Chicago and Rosemont Financial Park during beach volleyball tournament - EVP Tour.
Music by : Akashic Records - Epic Achievement and Success