An 8K Time-lapse of Patagonia

If there’s one thing you can rely on us photographers for, it’s bleeding every last drop of quality out of our work. We feverishly pursue clarity like a commission-only ophthalmologist and over the last couple of years, time-lapse photography has been the most blatant exhibition of this.Photographer Martin Heck has presumably seen the bar that has been set for high quality time-lapses, and then promptly vaulted over it. ‘Patagonia 8K’ is footage of Chile and Argentina shot over six weeks. What makes this special is not just the content and composition of the frames, but that the 100,000 images that make up this video are shot using the medium format Pentax 645Z. The sense of scale and depth in this time-lapse is unparalleled and genuinely like nothing I have seen before. The only complaint from me is that most people – myself included – can’t even watch this masterpiece in its native resolution and quality, which is a tragedy in its own right.

If you opt to watch this video on your phone, a CRT monitor, or an old laptop, I will find you and punch you square on your nose.

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7 Comments

Paolo Veglio's picture

OMG I need a bigger monitor asd

Marvellous!

Zee Shawn's picture

nice

my six-core i7 was not enough to watch it on 8k. oh my...

honest question: how does one achieve such large depth of field on a medium format camera? The very close elements are barely out of focus, and many scenes did not look like he could stop down because of a lack of light. My understanding was, that MF produces even shallower DoF.

Shawn Robertson's picture

oh how I loathe Vimeo sometimes, its always constant buffering. ATT Gigapower fiber here with Core i7 4820k 64 Gb of ram and 2 GB Nvidia 760 GTX and still get constant buffering.

Chad Andreo's picture

It could be your internet connection.