A Friday Fantastic Film – “Midnight Sun | Iceland”

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Yesterday we were contacted by Joe Capra (twitter) about his latest Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D timelapse and wow, this is worth a post! It will appear on planet5D cinema as well.

Hi Mitch! I wanted to share my timelapse video i made while in Iceland this past summer. Its titled Midnight Sun | Iceland

Its has gotten much attention around the web and has been on Washington Post, Gizmodo, Universe Today, Yahoo News Canada and more. I hope you enjoy it!

Midnight Sun | Iceland

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Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.

This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.

For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.

Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.

During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of “Golden light”. Once the sun had set it wouldn't even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don't start to reappear until August.

My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple… You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it.

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Motion Control System:
The motion controlled shots in this film were shot using the Stage Zero dolly system made by Dynamic Perception (dynamicperception.com/​)

Cameras and Lenses:
2 Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) cameras
1 Canon EOS 7D (reviews)
Various Canon lenses

Music by This Will Destroy You
Song: “The World is Our”
Website: myspace.com/​thiswilldestroyyou
Buy It on iTunes: itun.es/​iBv9NS

Special Thanks to:
REYKJAVIK RENT A CAR (reykjavikrentacar.is/​)
Dynamic Perception (dynamicperception.com/​)
Jag35 (jag35.com/​)
Kessler Crane (kesslercrane.com/​)
LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com)
Timescapes (timescapes.org)

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  1. Wow. Here in the midwest its just corn and beans, corn and beans. Nice work. Beautifull.

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  4. Again, visually stunning!
    Music… Well this is a matter of taste, I would have chosen something very different.

    I think the impulse here is to use something that builds in intensity. In this case, the rancid guitar I found grating.

    I’ve spend some time in Iceland. And traveled across it a good deal. The vistas are immense and characterized by a barren, desolate grandure, but still and peaceful.

    Maybe try a Beethoven sonata?

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