1. Southern Highlands Time-Lapse


    from John Dickson Added 673 0 1

    A time-lapse video of the Southern Highlands or Southern Appalachians. All are in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Places include: the Blue Ridge Parkway close to Asheville, NC, the Pisgah National Forest, the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an ongoing project.

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    • Bald River Gorge Wilderness


      from Mark Williams Added

      Bald River Gorge Wilderness is a 3,721-acre wilderness area in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains, Tennessee. I spent a few days hiking on the Bald River Trail capturing the scenic beauty of the area from the headwaters to it’s terminus with the Tellico River. Shot with the Panasonic GH4 camera at 1080p, 60fps and 200mbps. Standard and Cine-V profile. Lenses used were the Panasonic 14-45mm, 45-175mm and Olympus 60mm macro lens. Edited with Edius 5.51 and encoded for the web using Windows Media Video 9. I searched a long time before I found a music score that complimented the beauty of the gorge. I eventually discovered some fantastic new age music by an artist simply known as Deuter. You can read about him at http://www.newearthrecords.com/artists-items/deuter/. The name of the song is "Earth Shadow". Permission was granted to use this music for noncommercial use by New Earth Records. Official Music Credit: Earth Song, Deuter, New Earth Records, and www.newearthrecords.com

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      • Eye of the Beholder


        from The Upthink Lab Added 359K 4,911 180

        Featuring an array of scenes from the North American landscape, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is a short film that encourages the viewer to shed previous conceptions and ideas about the world, and to return to a place of wonderment and awe. Shot on location in the High Sierra Nevada, Canadian Rockies and Southern Appalachians. Some insight from the writer, Meghan J. Ward: http://adventurousparents.com/2013/11/07/eye-of-the-beholder-how-my-daughter-inspired-a-film-that-went-viral/ BTS: http://blog.planet5d.com/2013/09/exclusive-bts-combining-magic-lantern-raw-video-with-timelapse-on-eye-of-the-beholder/ Cinematography & Direction by Doug Urquhart (http://upthink.tv) 
Original Words by Meghan J. Ward (http://meghanjoyward.com)
 Original Music by Michael Wynne (http://michaelwynne.net)
 Additional Musical Collaboration with Matthew Smith
 Audio Post Production Services provided by http://MWPro.net
 Narrated by Brian Bremer (http://imdb.com/name/nm0107068/) Original text inspired by the writer's daughter, Mistaya Joy, and Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". Special thanks to:
 Karen Urquhart
, Guy Thorsby
, Erik Huber, Paul Zizka, Doris Doster & the 
USFS - Nantahala Ranger District
, The McClure Family, 
The Urquhart Family, 
Wendall Beason, Maggie Caldwell, Mike Posehn, Brian @ http://emotimo.com, Chris Pritchard, Yosemite Steve, Oscar and Julie @ http://aperturent.com, Jay & Chris @ http://dynamicperception.com, Fred Beal, Andy Hendrix Shot with Canon 5D3 (Magic Lantern Raw video module), 6D, 7D, T3i (solar-powered camera) and Rebel 400D (solar-powered camera). Samyang Cine Primes (14mm, 24mm, 85mm), Canon 14mm, 17-55 EF-S and 10-22 EF-S, Timelapsecontroller.com For footage licensing inquires: http://upthink.tv/contact/ If you enjoy this short film, you might also like our previous award-winning release, Mountains in Motion http://vimeo.com/upthink/mountainsinmotion Location Listing: 00:10 - Small pond nestled below a cliff on the southern edge of Minaret Lake. High Sierra, CA + 00:21 - Sunset view from the summit of Mt Craig in Pisgah National Forest. Black Mtns. North Carolina. + 00:30 - Lassen Volcano reflected in Lake Helen. Lassen NP, CA + 00:34 - Multi-directional clouds soar while crepuscular rays radiate above a morning inversion blanketing the town of Franklin, NC. Shot from the Albert Mtn Fire Tower, located directly on the AT. Nantahala National Forest. + 00:39 - Sunset at Minaret Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness + 00:43 - Our home galaxy illuminates a devastated area (wind damage) along the John Muir trail. CA + 00:55 - Sunrise at Minaret Lake. High Sierras, CA + 01:03 - Big Sur coast. CA + 01:07 - Evening light on McWay Falls. Big Sur, CA + 01:11 - McArthur-Burney Falls, road to Shasta, CA + 01:15 - Winter at Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada + 01:19 - Full moon above Nantahala National Forest. Albert Mtn Summit + 01:23 - The Milky Way shines over the dancing maritime fog layer. Big Sur / Lucia, CA + 01:32 - White Oak tree atop Lookout Mountain, GA. Summer to Winter + 01:37 - White Oak, Lookout Mountain, GA. Winter. + 01:43 - Apple orchard, winter, Franklin, NC + 01:50 - Yamnuska Mtn, Winter, Front range, Canadian Rockies + 01:55 - Morning light on the Minarets. Minaret Lake, High Sierras, CA + 02:00 - Morning light on the redwoods of Pfeiffer State Park. Big Sur, CA + 02:06 - Australian tree fern + 02:07 - Winter moonlight above Bow Lake. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada + 02:10 - Autumn colors at Sweetwater Creek State park. Atlanta, Georgia + 02:14 - Albert Mountain Summit - Summer to winter, fall foliage change. Nantahala National Forest + 02:23 -+ Full moon and fall colors at Lake Nantahala. Nantahala National Forest, NC + 02:27 - Nantahala River, NC + 02:32 - Sunset with Crepuscular rays illuminating the Appalachian Trail. Cheoah Bald Summit. Nantahala National Forest, NC + 02:39 - Afternoon at Cecile Lake. High Sierras, CA + 02:43 - The Galactic core illuminates the outlet stream / pond at Minaret Lake. High Sierras, CA + 02:46 - Evening light at Pfeiffer beach. Big Sur, CA + 02:51 - Sunset above the Pacific. Coastal Ridge - Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur, CA + 02:55 - Our home galaxy blazes above the dancing maritime fog layer. Big Sur / Lucia, CA "Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its depth?" - Eckhart Tolle

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        • Autumn on the Cullasaja River


          from Mark Williams Added

          The Cullasaja River is located in North Carolina near the town of Highlands. It is a small and beautiful river most of which flows through the Nantahala National Forest. I spent two days exploring the river during the height of the autumn color change. This video was shot with the Panasonic GH4 camera at 1080p, 60fps and 200mbps, using a standard color profile. Lenses used were the Panasonic 14-45mm, 45-175mm and Olympus 60mm macro. Other equipment used included the Shark Slider and Benro S-6 tripod. Edited with Edius 5.51 and encoded for the web using Windows Media Video 9. Music title “Skye at Night” by Oliver Ledbury. User license for non-commercial use purchased from audionetwork.com order number 287709(USD).

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          • Dry Falls - Nantahala National Forest


            from Marc (MyNutZak) Added 68 0 0

            Just a stop on the epic 2013 motorcycle road trip. A quite impressive stop! Natures beauty in full effect!

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            • A Hike to Big Laurel Falls


              from Mark Williams Added

              Big Laurel Falls is located near Franklin, NC. It is not a large waterfall but it is picturesque and the hike to it is very enjoyable. The trail starts where Mooney Creek & Big Laurel Branch meet as the two main tributaries that make up the Nantahala River. This is the headwaters area for the river and is well know for its remoteness as well as its wild trout population. Direct sunlight was very limited and it proved to be very challenging to shoot video. It was probably the darkest area I have ever shot. There was about 1 hour of good lighting and even with that ISO was at 800 and 1600. I definitely need to acquire a low light lens for these situations. This video was shot with the Panasonic GH4 camera at 1080p, 60fps and 200mbps, standard and Cine-V profile. Lenses used were the Panasonic 14-45mm, 45-175mm and Olympus 60mm macro. On this trip I used my new Ifootage Shark Slider for the first time and found it to be very smooth. Edited with Edius 5.51 and encoded for the web using Windows Media Video 9. I discovered some fantastic new age music by an artist simply known as XPURM. There is hardly anything about him on the web except that he lives/lived in Egypt. The name of the song is "DWMWD” and is licensed for use under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License

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              • Dry Falls - TURN DOWN THE VOLUME! - Nantahala National Forest - Highlands, NC - 7.7.2013


                from Nick Johnston Added 57 1 0

                This is a poorly shot video of Dry Falls near Highlands, NC. It had been raining for the past several days.

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                • Price Lake at Dawn


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                  • Wesser Bald Lookout Tower, Nantahala National Forest


                    from Shawn Marler Added 57 0 0

                    April 21, 2012 - This was one of my shortest lookout tower hikes, time-wise, because we were run off the mountain by an approaching thunderstorm. You can even tell that the video is a little rushed. When Bo, Caleb, and I reached the the observation deck of this tower, we could only see about 180-degrees of the view. Clouds were gathering, and we actually watched the panoramic view close off over time, as if we were being encircled by one large cloud. Though the view was short-lived, the natural phenomena happening around us was pretty awesome! Though we never saw any lightening, it sounded like thunder was getting closer, so we booked it down the mountain and when things had cleared up, we spent the rest of our time enjoying an impressive waterfall along the Nantahala River. God showed his glory in the storm and the waterfall that day, and I'm grateful to have shared it with Caleb and Bo! Note: As with any fire tower or lookout tower, you are climbing at your own risk! Don't climb if it's especially windy out or if there is snow and/or ice on the tower. I learned about this tower mostly from Peter J. Barr's book, Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers (amzn.to/lookouttowers).

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