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LINKS: Stunning Time Lapse “The Mountain” by Terje Sorgjerd

April 18, 2011

Time Lapse photography can be gimmicky and silly.  They often tend to focus more on the nifty fact that one can capture faux-motion using still images (even though that’s really all a non-digital movie camera is) instead of what’s actually in the image — the framing, the color, the look, the emotion.

It’s not that I think most Time Lapse work is bad, so please don’t be offended.  It’s just that I consider myself quite the authority on sub-par Time Lapse work since every piece of Time Lapse work I’ve ever done myself has been exactly that… sub par.  It’s just not my gig… but let me tell you something, when you see a piece that’s done right… a piece that’s composed of individual frames which on their own are works of art… you’ve got something special.

Terje Sorgjerd is one of those guys.  He’s found his niche, and man… it’s breathtaking (and I don’t throw that word around often).

I’ve seen Terje’s work before — his piece from a month ago on the Aurora Borealis was equally stunning, but this piece seems to have hit a chord with the world.  It was featured on the Today Show and is now hitting the front pages of some pretty reputable news sources.  The video is embedded below, with Terje’s commentary quoted after the fact.  Also note the luscious score from Ludovico Einaudi as well.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

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