Tired of seeing the same destinations covered in time lapse videos? For something new and fresh, check out Patagonia 8K. The clip is a stunning display of never-before-seen footage of Chile and Argentina. Created by Martin Heck from Timestorm Films, the video was shot in 8K resolution, which is 16 times sharper than standard HD of 1080p. After six weeks of intense filming, here’s the short film that everyone is raving about:
“Patagonia 8K explores the beautiful and rough landscapes of southern Chile and Argentina. Shot in 8K resolution on a medium format camera, it’s aimed to deliver the most realistic experience,” said the description of the clip in YouTube. “Shot in 6 weeks, traveling over 7500km from Santiago to Punta Arenas, we captured roughly 100,000 still frames that combine into this time lapse video.”
Seeing the video in full 8K is impossible without a monitor that can handle such a high pixel count. Even YouTube only goes up to 4K. However, this shouldn’t stop you from appreciating the surreal scenes. The best way to take in the action is by turning on the full screen setting in your highest resolution monitor. While you’re at it, connect a pair of your best headphones or speakers and crank the volume up. The film comes with a moving soundtrack that’ll knock your socks off.
The time lapse clips cover the day-to-day transformation of nature. In real-time, it’s hard to appreciate because everything around us seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. With the application of a few camera tricks, it’s easy to see that the Earth can change rapidly in 24 hours. The footage also reveals that clouds are mostly to blame for the shifts in scenery. Thick pillows of gray clouds can inflict some serious, heavy emotion to dull shots. On the other hand, clear skies have the potential to instill a positive vibe in barren environments.
According to Tree Hugger, the following gear was used during the production of the film:
- Pentax 645Z
- Pentax 25mm f4
- Pentax 55mm f2.8
- Pentax 120mm f4 macro
- eMotimo TB3 Black
- Dynamic Perception Stage One [with customized carbon rods]
In case you’re wondering how Heck and his crew made the video, here’s the behind the scenes footage of their trip. And if you didn’t get your time lapse fill from the first release, this one includes some additional clips of the secluded region. The reel also shows the team going through some rough patches while getting to their destinations.
The experienced outdoor photographer has a very impressive portfolio on the Timestorm website. His work extends from the hilly plains of New Zealand to the unforgiving, rocky terrain of Norway. Perhaps the team’s most interesting video is the volcanic eruption of Calbuco in Chile. The clip covers the full cycle of the eruption, including its peaceful dormancy just before clouds of fiery ash engulfed the untapped area. If you’re looking to fill in some down time, the rest of Heck’s masterpieces on the website are definitely worth checking out.