Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Finding Inspiration: Yosemite HD II Released

If you haven't had a chance to see the video created by filmmakers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill, you're missing out on one of the most inspirational and downright beautiful clip I've ever come across. These two embarked upon a 200 plus mile backpacking trip through the Yosemite National Park in order to capture the breathtaking time-lapse video seen in Yosemite HD II. As if the wonders of the park itself are not overwhelming in their own right, the duo shot the footage utilizing 4K UHD (also called 2160p) which offers FOUR TIMES the definition of 1080p... Pretty impressive, right?

The beauty of Yosemite really shines in this piece as they shoot locations such as Yosemite Valley, Half Dome (which is what originally inspired the filmmakers!), El Capitan, Mount Watkins, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Falls, Ribbon Falls, Turtleback Dome, Glacier Point, May Lake, Cathedral Lakes and many, many more iconic Yosemite destinations. These two truly did a bang up job capturing these locations in their very best light and the time-lapse pans are flat out insane.

Looking at their camera gear I was impressed with what they were using: A Canon 5D Mark III, Sony FS700, Stage 1 Dolly from Dynamic Perception (which had to have been integral in the beautiful time-lapse pans), Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II lens, and Lee .9 ND Gradient filters. That's much, much less than what I would have thought they used out there on the trail, but when it comes to backpacking in that gear I certainly can't believe they got these results! Truly awesome.

With the combination of the filmmakers vision, the gob-smacking natural beauty of Yosemite, and fantastic use of gear and raging resolution this video is about as close as you can get to being there. So, go ahead, check out the video above and marvel at the sites of Yosemite and be sure to click that little gear icon in the lower right hand corner and bump up the resolution as high as possible. Then, if you can, scrunch your face in close to your monitor and perhaps maybe, just maybe, you can trick yourself into thinking you are actually there.

I hope you enjoy.

More On Project Yosemite:

Project Yosemite Homepage
A List of Shooting Locations and Gear

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