Well established video producer, filmmaker, and science enthusiast Reid Gower spent a good six months travelling the world making this stunning piece of video art. Even though Gower has a lot of experience in filmmaking, this was actually his first real time-lapse video, but the final result is still simply breathtaking.
Travelling to places like Alaska, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, California, and Turkey, Gower thought, “hey why not make a time-lapse video while we’re at it?”. At times travelling with just a DSLR and a tripod, basically anyone could do the same, but few have the eye and editing skills of Reid Gower.
Gower also used a fair amount of technical creativity. The (almost) outer space pictures for example, were shot with a GoPro camera mounted in a thermal lunch box that he sent up to the sky with a big balloon. He just added some hand warmers to prevent lens fogging in the rapidly changing temperature and humidity, and a GPS device to find the camera once it fell back to earth. Simple, low-budget, but extremely effective.
“Humans are part of the natural order. We’re risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they’re just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests.”
The video was shot with a Nikon D300 that has an built-in intervalometer. Other cameras that were used were the GoPro Hero 2 we already mentioned, and a Canon EOS 5D mark II. For the amazing panning you can see in almost all the shots, he used two different techniques. Crop-zooming is when you make the panning in post production, without actually moving the camera while filming. Hyper-lapse, on the other hand, is basically moving the camera/tripod, and reframing each shot for an interesting effect.
Some still highlights: