Explore southern New Zealand in a journey from the dry highlands of canterbury to the lush rainforests of the westcoast and the rugged coastlines of the south to the highest peaks of the southern Alps. Captured in incredibly detailed 8K resolution and mastered at 60fps this video is aimed to bring you as close to the scenery as being just on location.
Within the production-time of 16weeks, 185000 photos have been taken, 8TB of raw-material shot, over 220 hours of time captured, 8000km driven and over 1000 hours have been spent for post-production.
Capturing high resolution time-lapse visuals in some of the most remote places of New Zealand came with a lot of challenges for men and equipment. Nature made clear who the boss is by destroying two of my cameras. A very strong Mag 7.5 earthquake hit the Kaikoura region about halfway into the trip. Spring weather was very unsettled so it surprised me even more to capture one of the most perfect nightsky reflection scenes I have ever done.
Wanting to capture the essence of an untouched wilderness often comes with an accessibility problem too. But I had great help from many awesome people I became friends with.
Getting a plane-ride to Stewart and landing on pristine beaches was only one of the many highlights of the trip. Taking a boat to discover the mysterious lakes of Fjordland, crossing freezing cold streams to reach hidden canyons or exploring the magnificient underworlds of New Zealands glowworm caves where incredible experiences that came along capturing the natural wonders of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Sony A7RII, Sony A7s, Canon 6D
Zeiss Otus 28mm, Canon 11-24mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Zeiss Milvus 35mm, Canon 70-200mm
eMotimo Spectrum ST4, customized Dynamic Perception Stage One