Yosemite HD II Breathtaking Timelapse Capturing Waterfalls, Winter, Supermoon + Sony FS700 and RED EPIC

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My family and I were in Yosemite last summer – such an amazing place!

We featured the first episode of this series last year (A ‘must see’ Canon EOS 5D Mark II short: Yosemite HD) and Colin and partner have made an amazing sequel which is getting tons of views and comments.

I love how they’ve been creative (as you’ll see below in the update from Colin) by making a ‘drivelapse’ by putting cameras on the roof of the car and letting it just roll down hill!

Personally, that’s how I would have done the waterfall and snow scenes as well, from the warmth of my car HA! I know you can’t get a car way out there, I’m just kidding. It happens to be very cold in St. Louis this past week and I’m ready for spring!

Filming Yosemite HD II

From Colin Delehanty:

Following our first video we made connections with a lot of great people in Yosemite. We learned a lot about the park through them; so much that we were almost embarrassed that we had left out so much of the park in our first video. Places like Vogelsang and the Cathedral Range are really special places to people here so we set out to discover them ourself.

We worked on 3 other video projects while filming Yosemite HD II. We teamed up with the Reel Rock Tour to document Alex Honnold free-solo climbing Yosemite’s three biggest rock faces in less than 24 hours. There is a shot of him flying up El Capitan around midnight at 4:25 in our video. We were part of One Day In Yosemite which was a video directed by Steve Bumgardner for the Yosemite Nature Notes video series. Lastly we partnered with The Muir Project who recently finished their feature length documentary Mile… Mile & A Half to create a teaser video for Yosemite HD II.

Yosemite HD II

Project Yosemite is a time-lapse video project set in Yosemite National Park and shot by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill.

The video features a lot of the same techniques however we tried a few new things. We used high speed cameras like the Sony FS700 and RED EPIC to capture shots of the waterfalls and winter weather. During a super moon we captured time-lapse by mounting the camera on the roof of a car, putting the car in park and letting it coast down the side of the road as the camera took a photo every second. Since we had so much moonlight and shot at a 1.2 aperture we were able to get some really amazing drivelapse (where you shoot time-lapse from your car) shots of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls with the stars above.

Before Yosemite HD II we hadn’t done much backpacking or climbing in Yosemite’s high country. With each project I want to try something new and never settle on one idea. In this last video we wanted to see how far we could go and seriously push our limits. Its amazing what you’re capable of doing when you’re inspired by a place like Yosemite. Now the search continues and we’re not sure where that next inspiring location will be.

You can find details about the project and a FAQ + gear and locations list at projectyose.com

Yosemite HD II


A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months. We spent a combined 45 days in the park capturing the images in this video.

To view the entire story, please visit projectyose.com or facebook.com/projectyose

Special thanks to borrowlenses.com, dynamicperception.com and mountainhardwear.com for their support.

Music by M83 – Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun

All tips received through the Vimeo Tip Jar will be donated to the Yosemite Conservancy, which helps preserve Yosemite.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  1. This video is quite mesmerizing. I wish I had a decent camera that can take video and pictures like this. The quality is top notch and it is just really cool. I’ve never actually been to Yosemite, but now I’m going to have to go if it looks this beautiful.

    1. Hi Jake, you can get many great camera’s for cheap, and still produce quality. What kind of budget are you working with? If you give me a price I can suggest some really good cameras in the price range. It sounds like your budget wont be close to either of these. Both camera’s are very expensive, but there are cameras on the cheap that produce some quality video. Just tell me what you’re working with and I can give you some honest answers.

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