"Into The Atmosphere" is photographer Michael Shainblum's tribute to the state of California and its stunning deserts, mountains and coastlines captured over the course of a year and brought to life as never before using about 12 400 photos. The video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. It also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions.
Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see.
"Living in California all my life, I had as much time as I needed to really capture the essence and beauty it provides. This video was an ongoing project for about a year with an estimated 75 000 images taken, and about 12 400 made it into the 3.5 minute piece.
My Grandmother Alice Harpin passed away during the last two weeks of shooting this video. The film is dedicated to her memory. Without her and the love of my family this video would not have been possible.
To create this video there were many nights sleeping outside, and many days spent in the wild to embrace the environment and get to know the surroundings. There is a common misconception about Timelapse shooters that we quickly set up cameras and go sleep in the car for hours at a time, which is far from the truth. We are constantly hiking heavy equipment through dangerous areas and spending time camping in uncomfortable situations, I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else."
Some of the locations are Mono Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, Alabama Hills, Trona Pinnacles, Big Sur, Mount Laguna, Santa Maria, Yosemite, Gaviota, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, La Jolla Coves, Santa Ynez, the San Francisco Coast, and the Santa Barbara Mountains."
The goal was to show all these environments in their best possible light.
Directed and filmed by Michael Shainblum.
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Motion controlled equipment made possible by:
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Song: Thomas Bergersen - Remember Me
Licensed by Extreme Music