National Parks HD

  1. Making route from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit of Mount Whitney--the highest point in the contiguous United States--was one of the toughest challenges in my life. My pack weighing in at 85 pounds--67lbs when exiting, I traveled and documented my journey using the following:

    Body: Canon 5D Mark II
    Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM II
    Filter: 77mm Fader ND Mark II
    Batteries: 6 Canon LP-E6 + 18 AA Energizer Adv.-Lithium
    Memory: 5 Delkin 32GB CF X450
    Tripod: Vangaurd Alta 264AO+
    Track Head Mount: Manfrotto Mini Ball 494RC2

    Special thanks to Dynamic Perception for the Stage Zero Dolly. I received my kit and 3 rechargeable batteries with only a day to spare before my trip. This was the first time I've used the dolly, and didn't have time to really practice with it, so more videos coming soon.

    Unfortunately the weather was too perfect---I.E. no clouds were available until the last day of my trip, so sorry if some of the time-lapses may seem rather empty. Along my journey I was accompanied by two friends of mine: Anthony & Bryson. We made this trip an awesome 5 day 4 night adventure from Sequoia National Park to Inyo National Forest. We camped at the following locations and altitudes before summiting Mt. Whitney(14,497ft - 14,505ft.):

    Night 1:
    Cottonwood Lakes(4 & 5)
    Alt.: 11,000 ft.

    Night 2:
    Lower Soldier Lake
    Alt.: 10,800 ft.

    Night 3:
    Lower Crabtree Meadow
    Alt.: 10,330 ft.

    Night 4:
    2 hills above Guitar Lake
    Alt.: 12,050 ft.

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    http://www.DynamicPerception.com

    Music by: IWFYLS
    Title: Sleep
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    Along my journey to the summit of Mt. Whitney I was stopped by dozens of travelers asking what I had strapped to the side of my pack--the 6ft aluminum track from the dolly kit--and what I was doing with it. (I had some good laughs) Not one person knew its purpose or what it was, but hopefully Dynamic Perception plans on releasing a more compact version of the Stage Zero Dolly relatively soon.

    Links:
    http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/camper-carries-85-pound-pack-to-capture-amazing-video-of-mt-whitney-2011082/

    http://www.gizmodo.fr/2011/08/03/en-chemin-vers-le-mont-whitney-4421m-time-lapse.html

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  2. See the rest of the series at neonat.squarespace.com/a-natural-sense-of-place/

    Having lived in Loveland for a year we were frequent visitors of RMNP. This was our final stop on our Colorado tour and the first time we were able to take three of our children.

    See the series at A Natural Sense of Place

    Having lived in Loveland for a year we were frequent visitors of RMNP. This was our final stop on our Colorado tour and the first time we were able to take three of our children.

    Wiki:
    Rocky Mountain National Park–A national park located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado. It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. The park is located northwest of Boulder, Colorado, in the Rockies, and includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River

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  3. See the rest of the series at neonat.squarespace.com/a-natural-sense-of-place/

    Original soundtrack by Matt Abeysekera.

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    I selected this spot to visit in particular in hopes of seeing mountain goat. We were not disappointed. One surprise however was that my first shot of mountain goats turned out to be big horn sheep (first shot after opening). It was not till reviewing my footage several days later that I realized these were big horn ewes and not scraggly shedding mountain goats as I had first thought.

    Reading about these two species after filming this I discovered an interesting sub plot. The goat is allegedly displacing the sheep. It's a more aggressive species and is thought to perhaps carry disease that the sheep are susceptible to. The Bighorn have declined by about 10% over the last ten years and the Goat's territory has expanded (although wildlife officials are attempting to keep it in check).

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  4. This is a collection of my favorite timelapse shots that I took over a 3 week camping road trip with my wife and son this past summer.

    Locations include:
    - Rocky Mountain National Park
    - Zion National Park
    - Monument Valley
    - Mesa Verde National Park
    - Glacier National Park
    - Sawtooth National Forest (Mt. McGowan)

    Equipment:
    - Canon 7d with Tamron 17-50mm VC lens
    - GoPro
    - Panasonic HMC40

    Shot as JPEG photos, color corrected and batch processed in Lightroom 3, deflickered with LRtimelapse and GBdeflicker, strung together with Quicktime 7 Pro and exported in full 5k resolution, and then edited in Final Cut X. FCPX is pretty awesome in that you never wait for a render whatsoever, not even after doing time remapping to 5k files.

    Some things I learned while shooting:
    - my camera has a ton of dead pixels
    - 2 year olds are not the best time-lapse shooting partners, but they do help pass the time
    - you can never let your camera run too long
    - Its probably always best to remove your lens filter when shooting toward sun or moon
    - 17mm on a crop sensor is just not wide enough for many occasions
    - photo flicker is a pain, even in full manual
    - Final Cut X has its upsides and downsides
    - timelapse is addicting

    Music: Aphex Twin "alberto balsalm"

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  5. America in 3 Weeks - for the first time i visited the USA - a dream comes true!
    I knew america only from the movies, for me it was like a different world - a Dream.

    I decided to film the whole trip with all the beautiful moments and details, to show the people what america has to offer. This movie is more than a beautiful memory, a wonderful Trip with lot of impressions, timelapses and experiences collected in these three very very intense weeks. Enjoy it!

    Details:
    (The entire trip was planned individually by ourselves)

    Zürich -> NYC -> SFO -> Santa Cruz -> Monterey -> San Simeon -> Lost Hills -> Death Valley -> Las Vegas -> Bryce -> Page -> Monument Valley -> Grand Canyon Village -> Las Vegas -> Los Angeles -> Zürich

    3 Weeks
    3 Timezones
    4362 Km / Road
    Max. Temp 46 °C
    Min. Temp 02 °C
    12> Hotels & Motels
    5 States

    Director& DP: Sergio Herencias
    3D Artist: David Fritsche
    Character Illustration: Miguel Vieira
    Motion Design and Post Production: Sergio Herencias

    2nd Camera Timelapse:
    David Fritsche

    Equipment:

    2x Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 2.8 24-70mm
    Canon 2.8 70-200mm
    Canon 1.4 50mm

    Reflection-blocker for Timelapses from Lenskirt - lenskirt.com
    Shoulder-Rig from Redrockmicro - redrockmicro.com

    Special Thanks to:
    Gebhard Nigsch
    Manfred Fritsche
    Elisabeth E. - K.

    guavemotion.com
    sergioherencias.com

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National Parks HD

Richie C

A collection of HD footage from various national parks across the globe. Despite the name of the channel, this channel includes some amazing state parks as well as tribal parks.

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