1. The Untouched - A Time-lapse Film


    from Shreenivasan Manievannan / Added

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    "The Untouched - A Time-lapse Film" is a self project I have been working on, for the past 2 years across different National and State parks in the country. The primary vision of the video is to showcase the untouched beauty of few of our National/State Parks across USA and to create awareness about conserving natural resources of our planet including the ever reducing dark skies. The time-lapse journey started with my travel to Crater Lake in Oregon when I first captured the beauty of night sky over the amazing landscape of the volcanic lake. As I kept learning the art, I started traveling to locations to capture specific scenes based on calculating weather conditions and astronomical alignments to the landscape. I wished to capture unique alignments, cloud movements and reflections for which there was constant planning that went on my mind keeping track of wind conditions, cloud cover, storm movement, seasonal alignment changes of astronomical elements such as Sun, Moon, Milky Way galaxy etc. The journey progressed and I started to feel and see the effect of climate change while trying to capture these beautiful places. Places in the west coast like Mono Lake, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier were facing significant to severe drought conditions and was able to feel the change of water level in their water bodies such as rivers, water falls, and lakes as I tried to get back to same locations to capture different seasons and light conditions over the past 2 years. The weather pattern changes were evident as well with the reduction of moisture and coastal fog cycle in the Pacific which were quite important for an ecological balance for coastal vegetation like redwoods that exists. The winter precipitation became a dream with very little snow fall over the sierras and volcanic peaks of Pacific Northwest. The winter Alaskan adventure turned out to be a trip with moderate winter temperatures and unusual weather patterns thru the state. The summer became hotter with rise in temperatures close to unimaginable levels in most part of the country I was traveling in. Mountain glaciers were starting become a thing of the past with many of the glaciers melting fast with the high heat and not much of winter precipitation to maintain the level. The tidal patterns scared as the high tides got the water more closer to the shore and even caused coastal flooding during storms. The unusual severe weather outbreaks were pretty frequent due to the climatic changes happening through out the country, though it provided some amazing light for me to capture it clearly highlighted the climate change we are going through. Hence, I clearly found a much stronger objective to achieve for my film that I embarked in the beginning to satisfy my passion for photography. I got even more motivated to travel across different parts of the country to showcase the beauty of the nature which we are blessed with and create awareness to conserve them for the best of our future. The other major issue I faced was to capture the landscape in the night. I had to travel long distances to see the stars shine bright. The light pollution seemed to be so bad even in places which were not big metropolitan cities. The light pollution may not look as a big problem from the outside but it has been proved that the excessive light thrown out creates health issues to human beings. Scientific evidence suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plants which depend on natural day light and star light for their activities. Also, excessive usage of light in the night just increases the usage of energy there by increases the demand/shortage for power. And as per International Dark Sky Association (IDA) : “We do need some light at night, but much of it is wasted by lights that are overly bright or left on when not needed. Unshielded fixtures waste the most energy. Their lights shine upward instead of down on the ground where it's needed. In fact, IDA estimates that that up to 50 percent of all outdoor light is wasted. That adds up to $3.3 billion and the release of 21 million tons of CO2 per year! To offset all that CO2, we'd have to plan 875 million trees annually”. Hence I ventured out to capture the beauty of the night sky to spread the word to the masses to show what the city dwellers like myself have been missing. As per my vision of the video, I simply wanted to show case the beauty of nature and convey that we can’t reverse time in real to travel back in time to bring back all that we destroyed by mistake. We need to conserve and combat the changes for the best of our future. Hope you will like my short presentation of the time-lapse sequences that I captured over a period of time. Happy Earth Day, Happy Global Astronomy Month and a belated Happy International Dark Sky Week.

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    • Jerome AZ: Historic Billion Dollar Copper Camp


      from Dan Carter / Added

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      Jerome Arizona. Born in 1876 and once known as the wickedest town in the west. Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community until mining stopped in 1953. This is a companion video to "Gold King Mine": vimeo.com/56171338 Panasonic DMC-GH3 Codec MOV(1080,60p) Lumix GX 12-35 f2.8 Lens B+W Polarizer Gitzo GT2531LVL Tripod & Manfrotto 701 HDV Head Manfrotto 560B Fluid Monopod Music: Brian Tyler

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      • Big Basin Redwoods


        from Matthew Hernandez / Added

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        Shot on the Canon 5D, 7D, T2i. Canon Lenses//70-200mm, 14mm, 50mm, 24-70mm. Glidetrack Pro. Color Graded in Adobe AfterEffects CS5 with Looks. Edit done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Director
 Matt Hernandez 

Design & Animation
 Matt Hernandez & Ryan Guerra Director of Photography Ryan Guerra 
Editing Matt Hernandez & Ryan Guerra Music Nick Cave & Warren Ellis/What Must Be Done "The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford" 
Special Thanks Wes Ohaire, Will Arendain, and Charlie Reif Blog: http://matthernandez.tumblr.com Flickr Pics: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1642554@N20/

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        • Huntington Beach


          from Matt Brass / Added

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          See the rest of the series at https://neonat.squarespace.com/a-natural-sense-of-place/ See the series at vimeo.com/channels/34719 Music: Chris Zabriskie (chriszabriskie.com) The 2500 acre tract is a highlight of the South Carolina Park system. Ecosystems include fresh and saltwater marsh land as well as coastal habitats.

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          • North Shore FPV


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            Update: This video was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's "News Cut" on 10/22/12! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/10/5x8_-_102212.shtml This is one of three videos I've made of the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Temperance River, Cascade River, Tettegouche, Judge Magney, and Gooseberry Falls are among the state parks featured, as well as Grand Marais and Palisade Head. Equipment: Hoverthings FPV Frame DJI Naza FC HK 18A ESC NTM 2826 motors GemFan 8x4.5 Carbon Blades GoPro Hero 2 1280 mhz tx/rx backpack station Fat Shark Dominator Goggles

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            • Snow Canyon The Incredible - A Time Lapse Special HD


              from Jeremiah Barber / Added

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              The culmination of 4 months worth of time lapses taken in Snow Canyon State Park in Southern Utah.

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              • Ghost Town! Jerome Arizona


                from Dan Carter / Added

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                Jerome Arizona and Gold King Mine. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. An attempt at traveling light and producing good, stabile video. Panasonic HDC-TM700 Benro TRCB068 Travel Angel Tripod Polarizer Total camera & tripod weight 3LB

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                • The Lost Coast Trail


                  from Ryan Commons / Added

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                  A few helpful links for planning your trip: * Best Map: http://amzn.to/LostCoastMap * Best Book: http://amzn.to/NorCalParksBook * Lost Coast's Most Essential Gear Item: http://amzn.to/trekkingpoles * Transportation from Trail-head: http://bit.ly/LostCoastTransport * My Blog: http://walkifornia.blogspot.com/2011/06/lost-coast-trail-complete-video-summary.html Q: Where is the Lost Coast Trail? A: About 6 hours north of San Francisco and 1 hour south of the Oregon/California border. Q: What should I expect if I hike the Lost Coast Trail? A: The Lost Coast Trail offers backpackers 25 miles of rugged coastline, extreme coastal views, and timeless campsites. Mountains that shoot over 4,000 feet above the coast offer a dramatic scenery as a southward bound hiker sees the big waves of the Pacific Ocean to his right and the giants of the Kings Mountain Range to his left. Q: Should I start in at Mattole Beach or at Shelter Cove? A: Start in the north at Mattole Beach. There is a large parking space where you can self-issue a free backpacking permit. Starting in the north puts the wind on your back the whole hike. Hiking north with the wind in your face is unpleasant. Q: Do I need a tide chart and a map if I'm just hiking the coast? A: Yes! Before you head out, you will definitely want to get a tide chart and a map. There are sections of the trail that you cannot safely pass through during high tide and a tide chart will advise you as to when to hike these sections. Although it is nearly impossible to get lost on the trail, the map is critical for alerting you to areas that can only be passed at low tide and for giving you exit routes through the mountains if creek levels get too high. Q: Do I need a bear can? A: Yep, they are required and there are bears out there--I even saw bear paw prints on the coastline. Q: How do I get back to my car? A: You can either hire a driver to take you back from Shelter Cove to Mattole Beach or hike back via the Kings Mountain Range. If anyone has a recommendation for a driver or driving service, please let me know and I'll add the info here. Q: What gear, clothing and food do you recommend for the trip? A: Here is a summary of the gear, clothing and food we brought (four people): Group Gear: * 2 Tents * Pot * Pan * 4 dishes * 4 utensils * Two White Gas Bottles * 2 MSR compressed gas bottles * Jet Boil Stove * Dragon Fly Stove * 2 Bear Cans * Map * Rope * Big water bottle Toiletries: * Floss * Toothbrush * Toothpaste * Deodorant Clothing: * Sunglasses * Warm Layer - big down or fleece or ski jacket * External Shell Jacket and Pants - stop rain * Soft-Shell Pants * 2 Long Sleeve Shirts * Warm Hat * Cap * 4 Socks * 1 Underwear * Gloves (Liner and Shell) * Boots * Running shoes or sandals Gear: * Backpack * Sleeping Pad * Sleeping Bag - in garbage bag * Rain cover or garbage bags to cover pack * 3 Extra garbage bags * Camera * Knife & Hatchet * Flashlight * Headlamp * 2 water bottles (1 liter each) Food (95% complete): * Cheetos - Crunchy - 2880 Calories * M&M's - Peanut - 6160 Calories * Red Vines - 3220 Calories * Snickers - 1950 Calories * Wheat Thins - Original - 2080 Calories * Bagels - 1620 Calories * Starburst - 4640 Calories * Chips Ahoy - 1920 Calories * Beef Summer Sausage - 1520 Calories * Nature Valley - 2160 Calories * Ramen Soup - 15 packs - 5700 Calories * Nutter Butter - 2080 Calories * Shells & Cheese - 6480 Calories * Good Health Energy - 2250 Calories * Oatmeal - 4980 Calories * Poptarts - 6240 Calories * Chicken Noodle Soup - 960 Calories * Goldfish - Colors Cheddar - 840 Calories * Mama Soup - 2 packs - 560 Calories * Fruit Pack - 1200 Calories * Peanut Butter - 3040 Calories * Honey - 1320 Calories * Popcorn - 980 Calories * Chewy Bar - 1674 Calories * Beef Jerky - Original - 480 Calories * Trail Mix - 4200 Calories * Drink Flavoring - - 300 Calories * Tuna Meat - 360 Calories * Cheez-it - 1950 Calories Trip Report: by David Bebb We mapped out a loose, seven-day itinerary knowing that inclement weather would likely force us to change our plans. Early on a Thursday afternoon, our group of four left our car at the north end of the Lost Coast Trail (Mattole Beach) with the aim to head as far south on the trail as possible before an anticipated incoming storm flooded the creeks and cut off our coastal route. At that point (or at Shelter Cove, if we made it all the way to that end of the 25-mile trail), we would cut inland and return north along the ridge trails of the King Range.We had unexpectedly decent weather for two of the first four days, and we made the most of our good fortune by lingering on the coast's beautiful and desolate beaches. On the first day, we made only three miles before finding an abandoned lighthouse whose roof deck proved too tempting as a potential campsite. After setting up tents atop the lighthouse, three of us spent the last two hours of daylight snapping photos and gathering a massive pile of driftwood, stacked carefully like Jenga blocks, for a bonfire on the beach. The fourth ran up a side-trail to enjoy the sunset from a bluff a thousand feet above the surf. When night came, we lit the driftwood pyre and watched, from a safe distance, the biggest bonfire any of us had ever made. The incoming tide doused and dispersed the embers before we retired. Though we were alternately given sunshine and rain over the next two days, both days were similar to the first: leisurely mornings spent breaking down camp, unhurried afternoon hikes south along the beach and coastal bluffs, and evening fires to warm ourselves and dry our gear. In the afternoon on the fourth day, we encountered others on the coast for the first time -- surfers headed north to camp and surf near Big Flat. Later that afternoon, we arrived at Black Sands Beach, the southern terminus of the Lost Coast Trail. On the fifth day, we set out on our return through the mountains, spending the first night at Horse Camp (approx. 3000 feet). We knew a storm was expected the next day, but we were surprised how wet the mountains already were: thick fog coated the conifers with moisture, which then rained down on us as nearly constant winds shook the tree branches above us. The difficulty of hiking the unexpectedly undulating ridge trails with our fully-loaded packs and the recollection of the relative warmth and dryness of the lower elevations coaxed us back to the beach. We decided to descend on Rattlesnake Trail the following day. On the morning of the sixth day after a slight detour to summit King's Peak (4,088 feet, no view due to the fog, wicked winds that made the rain hitting our faces feel like hail), we headed down Rattlesnake Trail toward the beach. Because a storm was expected that day, we knew we were taking a chance by returning to the coast: flooded creeks might force us to backtrack through the mountains. After an afternoon of downhill switchbacks, we reached the creek at the bottom of a canyon two miles upstream from the beach (approx. 400 feet elevation). Sure enough, we found flows many times heavier than we had seen in the same stream three days prior. Navigating the canyon toward the beach required two crossings. The first we managed safely by shimmying across a thick tree trunk at a narrow point over the creek's roiling white water. After walking a mile toward the ocean, the daylight was fading and we could not find a safe way to make the second crossing. We were exhausted, wet, cold, and discouraged, and we decided to make camp for the night. The only safe way to get home within our 7-night timeframe (as opposed to waiting indefinitely for flows in the coastal creeks to recede or attempting unsafe creek crossings) was to trek back over the King Range to the inland town of Honeydew the following day -- a prospect we did not relish. The next morning we backtracked four miles and 3,500 feet up Rattlesnake Trail, then went north four miles along the ridge trails until we reached a jeep road. From there, we hiked 10 miles down the other side of the range, reaching Honeydew around 8 p.m. I was feeling very smug with this accomplishment and was ready to call it a day, but two in our party who are remarkably enthusiastic and obnoxiously fit decided, after a mere three hours of rest, to run/walk an additional eighteen miles down the road from Honeydew to pick up our car at the beach that night. They arrived around 4:45 a.m. with the car. Two hours later as we scarfed down omelets in a diner somewhere south of Garberville, I was not complaining. The trip was a perfect mix of beauty, desolation, challenge, adventure and good company.

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                  • A Day On The Big Mountain


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                    I ditched work Friday to take the family up on top of Mt. Magazine, the highest point in the state of Arkansas. It was foggy for 1 1/2 hours driving up, but was breaking up just as we got to the base of the mountain. Beautiful Autumn day, and the hickory trees were turning yellow almost as we watched them. A fun day...

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                    • Nature Show


                      from Samantha Bennett / Added

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                      This is what our nature show would look like, if we had one.

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