Westcliffe, Colorado is located about an hour and a half southwest of Colorado Springs in the Wet Mountain Valley. Surrounded on each side by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range to the west and the Wet Mountains to the east, this small community has a beautiful backdrop and plenty of sights to see.
We started capturing time-lapse footage of the Custer county area a few years back and have steadily grown our collection. This year we pushed to capture some of the last things on our list to finish a short movie. In the end we spent over a hundred hours capturing and editing these time-lapse clips. We didn’t get every shot we wanted, and there will certainly be more we will capture in the future, but it shows off just a small bit of the offerings of this wonderful area of the state.
This video is our first time-lapse to be mastered and released in 4K UHD. This may not mean much to most right now but the entire visual experience looks even better in this format, but don't worry, this video looks good at almost any resolution. Unfortunately Vimeo doesn't support 4K UHD resolution but if you have a computer fast enough and a good monitor you can watch it on our YouTube page youtu.be/2gUL3wtIhqg
This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.
The aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.
If you are interested in seeing behind-the-scenes photos from the journey, a map of the route driven and the gear used, head over to rustadmedia.com/norway
It's easy to forget what lies just beyond your back door step sometimes. In the last 6 months I've struggled to make it anywhere near the New Zealand wilderness landscapes that I just love to venture into with a few survival essentials and the usual gear - my cameras, tripods, batteries, dew straps, lenses, slider rigs, panning heads etc etc strapped to my back in search of some cool places and the angles to compose them and the light to showcase them. In the hard to reach places sometimes capturing just 20 seconds of time lapse footage takes months of waiting and a lot of planning.
When your out all alone in the remote areas the reality of life is broken down into very simple things. Staring up into the infinity of a clear star filled sky, in a half sleep state, and as the frost starts to settle, all there is to worry about is that your sleeping bag is warm enough, the fire is not going to die, the camera shutters are still going click click every 30 sec or so, that the lens heaters are stopping your lenses from fogging up - not complicated - pretty simple really - pretty easy to be happy.
Here's some footage shot over the last little while, in Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud) - New Zealand's North and South Islands - a special place of great beauty.
Please leave a comment if you wish, I'd love to hear from you. Once again, it is my hope that in bringing back a little piece of nature to portray in this way helps spark the respect we need to have for such incredible places.
All scenes shot in the North and South Island's of New Zealand.
Footage available to license up to 4k resolution.
Main equipment used:
Canon 5D Mark II & III cameras and various Canon Lenses
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero 6ft Dolly
Emotimo TB3 Black
"Perpetual" by Tony Anderson, licensed for use through The Music Bed.
Thanks to my family for putting up with my habit ;)
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