A ‘must see’ Canon EOS 5D Mark II short: Yosemite HD

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This one has been in my queue for a while and I just have to finally get it posted – an amazing video.

Yosemite HD

[tentblogger-vimeo 35396305]


This video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety of Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses.

Project Yosemite Website: projectyose.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/projectyose
Contact info: [email protected]

Thanks to Dynamic Perception for their motion controlled dolly and continued support!

Dynamic Perception Website: dynamicperception.com

Track: Outro
Album: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

Artist: M83
Site: ilovem83.com
Publishing: emimusicpub.com
Licensing: bankrobbermusic.com

This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We'd like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.

Project Yosemite was featured as a main story on Yosemite National Park's Spring Newsletter.: yosemitepark.com/timelapse-sprnews-2012.aspx

To view this in 2K, visit: youtu.be/OwFbjJasW3E
Be sure to change the quality settings to 'Original'.




Behind The Scenes: vimeo.com/35223326
By Dalton Runberg

Our hearts go out to the families of Markus Praxmarer who lost his life while climbing Half Dome on September 19th, 2011 and Ranger Ryan Hiller, who was crushed by a tree January 22nd 2012. They will be missed. (A photo of Ranger Ryan Hiller can be found to the right, above the statistics counter)

via MustSee: Yosemite HD | DIGIFOTO Pro.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Why is it that time lapse videos of great naturescapes get all this attention? The recipe is all the same: Put a Canon MKII on a slider in an impressive landscape that might just as well be described with a single photo and add some great music… Voila – HD Hype!

    Not counting the most of the nice night scenes and some of the sunset/rise transitions I didn’t see a single shot that wouldn’t have been just as impressive (and beautiful) with a ‘normal’ non time lapse video exposure… They would even have been more fluid serene than the jerking sudden light changes of the time lapse shots…

    Don’t get me wrong – the video is beautiful – I’m just longing for some internal criticism: It is no longer enough to strap your expensive optics to a slider that everyone seems to carry around these days and edit it together with some emotional music… We want a story as well!

    This post is meant well and I hope I’m not trolling or flaming anyone… Maybe I’m even a bit jealous that I don’t even own a slider and have access to a similar impressive mountain range but I’m really just thinking that we should be able to reach a bit further and not just copy what everybody else is doing.

    Regards Mikkel

  2. I agree with you, Mike.
    The whole slider-timelapse thing is getting to the point where, “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” It has all become so predictable and cliche.
    I keep hoping that someone, somewhere will show us something different. But they don’t.

    1. Hey, I am creating a film called “Planet Us” which I believe will be something you are looking for. It includes time lapse shots, but also other video such as using Glidecams. It also has some story: showing the world around us, nature and scenery. It is not finished yet, but stay tuned.

  3. This video contained many really gorgeous images and sequences. I disagree with the comments above. Its like arguing that no landscapes should have been painted past the first dozen.

    1. @Wayne: Then You are misunderstanding me… My point wasn’t that this shouldn’t be done because those gorgeous landscapes had been filmed before. That was not what I was arguing about:

      My point was that many of those shots wasn’t made any bit more gorgeous by time lapsing them on a slider – to the contrary quite a few of them would have been even prettier with a still shot or with regular video so we wouldn’t have had to see all the shifting light and jerking treetops! Something that could easily have been avoided by making a simple dolly shot instead of using slider lapse on every single cut throughout the video!
      That’s just fascination of technology that wins over self criticism…

      Anyway – this is only photoporn! 😀 Not filmmaking… It shouldn’t be compared to cinematography (with proper storytelling)

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the video. I’ve seen at least twenty+ videos of time lapses but am still amazed by the beauty of the world and it’s wonders.

  5. I completely agree with Wayne.

    Seems that the internet has a very fickle audience at times. Everything must be new and inventive, everything must to new and original…

    It’s good to have that mentality TO AN EXTENT. But the rest of the time can’t we just have fun and enjoy some nice scenery?

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