The day I first set foot on Mount Seymour, I knew it would have a lasting profound impact on me. Located on Vancouver's North Shore, the mountain looks down over the vibrant and pulsing city to the South, while the Coast Mountains stretch endlessly to the North. For 3 years, I returned on and off to seek inspiration, and to shoot as much timelapse as possible. Every time, I found a new and unique display of magic. I never tire of seeing the lights, the colours, the sunrise, the sunset, and just sitting back at peace above the world. This is the culmination of years of practice, countless pounds of equipment carried, many sleepless nights, and 100s of hours of editing. Enjoy!
Music: Makes the Wind (feat. REMMI & Yung Youth) by Super Duper - licensed via The Music Bed (musicbed.com)
Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-55 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR
Canon 7Dm2, Canon 24-70 f/4 L IS, Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS, Tokina 11-16 2.8 DX, Canon 24 1.4 L
Sony a7s, Sigma 20 1.4
All clips available for licensing in 4k. Almost all have been sped up beyond their original timelapse form for this film, and are 10-15 seconds in length each.
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Disclaimer: The Mount Seymour Backcountry is a wilderness area. If you are planning on hiking or camping in the park, make sure you are familiar with the park's own rules regarding human activities http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_seymour/. Even if you are going on a day hike, it is crucial to carry the 10 essentials and leave a detailed trip plan with someone reliable http://www.northshorerescue.com/education/what-to-bring/. There have been far too many rescues in the North Shore over the past few years. With proper preparation and knowledge, the beauty of these mountains is available for all to enjoy.
The Magic of Mount Seymour
Inspired by the Allegory of the Cave from Plato, till today's quantum physics and multiverse theories, a visual essay about perception and knowledge as reflection of our reality.
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Blood. Sweat. Tears. Joy. That's what this spring was for me. The miles, the grind, the failing, the epic days missed, the lack of sleep, the jubilation, the friendships strengthened, and the time away from my family. And when the chasing was all done...wondering, was worth it all?
Heck yeah it was.
I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totalling 18 chase days. 20,000 miles driven. Almost 60,000 time-lapse frames shot. Nine total states. Hours and hours and hours of editing. All between April 15th and June 15th.
And the tornado? Not only did I get one, but I got six more. On April 15th, the very first day out, I saw two tornadoes in the Texas Panhandle. May 9th was Wynnewood and Sulphur in Oklahoma (both in this film), as well as Trinidad on June 13th in Colorado. And while most tornadoes will be obvious in the film, you'll have to use a keen eye to spot the first two, which appear at 2:08 and 2:13. The Wynnewood tornado, which you will see at the very end of the film, was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I was so focused on keeping up with the storm that day, that I barely realized that I had captured what I'd been working so hard to get. I texted my wife a few photos and simply said "Baby I did it". It wasn't until she responded "Babe, it's beautiful. I'm so happy for you" that I completely lost it - live stream going on in the truck, people watching, and tears streaming down my face.
But that's how much this spring meant to me, and how hard I was going. Most of the time exhausted. My typical routine would be to leave Phoenix sometime in late afternoon, drive all night, sleep an hour or two in the truck and then chase the next few days. And then drive home all night again. I did whatever I could to to minimize the time away from my family. Heck, I once even shot a wedding all day, left the venue, and drove all night to chase. I didn't want to miss anything this spring.
What's awesome to me is that some of my best stuff came from marginal days, where it took some effort and crazy luck to get sick storm structures. Those were the surprises - amazing clips worthy of the final product despite the chase day starting out subpar. Combined together with everything else, I think it's some of my best footage to date!
Technical note...this film marks the first time I used my Canon 5DSR and 11-24 for time-lapse, which I bought right before the spring started (Thank you Martin Heck for the help!). I'm not 100% sure of course, but I believe the tornadoes in the film may be some of the first ever captured in 8K resolution. The 50 megapixels that camera offers was huge for being able to zoom into certain shots and still maintain fantastic quality and sharpness. Couldn't be happier with that beast. I also used my trusty 5D3 for the tighter shots, with the 35mm, 50mm or 135mm.
I have to mention Kerry Muzzey here...he has surpassed being kind to me. This is the 3rd or 4th time he's donated a song to one of my projects and I'm forever grateful. His music is powerful, haunting at times, and always, always perfect for the story I want to tell. This year I knew right away that "Found" was the song I would use. Please visit the links above to support his work!
There are a lot of names to thank which are listed at the end of the film. I owe them all so much for helping me this spring. Nowcasting, making me turn around when I was headed to Montana, teaching me about forecasting, helping me choose the right new camera, editing input, and just being good friends. I am very blessed to have some amazing people around me!
Most of all to my wife, Jina. She knows...every year I'm gone longer. I'm sure next year could be worse. But through it all, even when it's really tough, she's always right behind me. Making things work when I'm away. There are never enough words to cover how amazing she is. But she knows and I know - this film wouldn't happen without her.
I think that's about it! Thanks to everyone for the kind words of support all year. I truly hope you enjoy this one! On to Monsoon 3!
Captured with A CANON 5DSR, CANON 5D3, Canon 11-24mm f/4, 16-35mm, 35mm, 50mm, 135mm
Processed using Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro
Most clips available in 8K resolution, as well as 4K.
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历时三个月，以圣路易斯华盛顿大学（Washington University in St. Louis）为主题拍摄的纸牌屋风格延时摄影。
毕业前，一个人，用时一年，背包行走中国。33个省、70座城市、283个景点，全程55285公里，12万张照片，只为这部片子可以带你纵览华夏之美， 这是作者镜头中的中国。From @小个子爱旅行