It took four trips, 840 hours, 28days, 2000km of local travel, 150 time-lapse sequences, 3TB of footage, 380 hours of post-production, 100 kg of equipment, five Canon DLSRs, a collection of Samyang and Canon L lenses, and a DitoGear Evolution slider, for Polish director of photography Maciej Tomków to produce time-lapse masterpiece ‘Treasures of Zakynthos’. Mr Tomków may have created the best advertisement for this little Greek island that it has ever had.
After a disappointing southern hemisphere summer with too much grey and all-day cloudy skies, Maciej Tomków’s time-lapse movie masterpiece is pure catnip. The beauty of the Greek islands is already legendary and a visit has long been high up on my bucket list. ‘Treasures of Zakynthos’ makes me want to jump on an airplane right now and forget the other trips listed above Greece on that collection of marvellous destinations.
I grew up on the edge of the southern oceans in landscapes domed by ultramarine blue skies and washed by crystalline waters. Those days were often colder than the ones Maciej Tomków depicts in his seductive five-and-a-half minute time-lapse movie. We had the Antarctic winds blowing at our backs while Zakynthos bathes in the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea.
I knew beaches surrounded by rocks where I was often the only person in existence there for all of a day and beyond. I longed for life and culture and laughter and good food of the sort my Greek friends would taunt us with on return from their annual migrations home. We knew clouds that were grey smears rather then the billowing majesties Tomków reveals in his footage of bays you feel you can reach out and touch, so clear and sharp are his images. I have dreamed of the rocks and light and seas he reveals to us here. [bctt tweet=”Maciej Tomków’s ‘Treasures of Zakynthos' timelapse set in Greek Island of Zakynthos is a treasure. ” via=”no”]
Whether it was his overt intention or not, Maciej Tomków has produced an amazing advertisement for this small Greek island located in the Ionian Sea. Zakynthos clearly is “the flower of the East” as the Venetians nicknamed it during the height of their mercantile empire. It is a flower I want to experience before this encroaching southern winter is over.
You’ve heard from me here, and now the best thing I can do is point you back to Mr Tomków via his two behind the scenes movies, his website in the quoted text below and a recent interview with the folks at DitoGear. Enjoy!
Treasures of Zakynthos – A Timelapse Film
“Treasures of Zakynthos” is a film completed in its entirety using the timelapse cinemtography technique in the most beautiful parts of the Greek island – Zakynthos. Some of the places portrayed in it are typical tourist destinations, while others are unique, quiet and magical. The real treasures for the eye are the unexplored, off-the-beaten-path locations. The film lets the viewer experience the extraordinary nature and magic of the formidable Greek landscapes. Enjoy and feel free to share.
This film was made thanks to the enormous commitment of many wonderful people.
4 trips, 840 hours spent on Zakynthos, 2000 km travelled on the island, 28 days of shooting, 3TB of timelapse footage, 380 hours of post-production, 100 kg film equipment weight.
Motion control equipment: DitoGear Multi-Axis Motion Control System
Licensing: Treasures of Zakynthos is copyrighted and may not be used without permission. All footage is available for licensing under a rights-managed agreement. If you are interested in using any of my images or timelapse footage, contact me directly. Most of my clips are available up to 5K resolution.
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Behind The Timelapse – Zakynthos, Greece
Behind The Timelapse – Navagio Shipwreck
Treasures of Zakynthos Stills
(cover photo credit: snap from Maciej Tomków)