Professional landscape photographer Michael Shainblum shares this incredible 8K UHD time-lapse featuring amazing light at many of the best locations in New Zealand for landscape photography, including Milford Sound. Be sure to check out the full-size image gallery as well.
Creating a compelling time-lapse is an art form unto itself, and Michael is world-renowned for his skill in this area. One critical component in a quality time-lapse is motion. Mr. Shainblum shows his expertise by capturing motion in the sky with the movement of clouds and/or the stars, and he even makes use of sliding rails, which results in a moving frame within the time-lapse. If you are interested in learning how to create stunning time-lapses, please check out his free instructional videos here, here, and here.
In the gallery above, you'll find a collection of images from many locations in New Zealand, including Mount Cook, Moeraki Boulders, and Milford Sound. While traveling to foreign locations for photography, it is important to maximize your photographic opportunities in order to get the most bang for your buck. One thing we can see in this gallery is that he made use of the full range of focal lengths. As landscape photographers, we tend to gravitate toward epic wide angle shots and for good reason. However, due to the nature of wide angle images, they require more careful planning and consideration, which means most of us plan our trips around them. On the other hand, telephoto images, being less inclusive, often require no planning at all. Personally, while in transit to whatever wide angle composition I have planned out, I like to keep my camera (Fujifilm X-T2) out with the XF 100-400mm attached, keeping an eye out for distant telephoto compositions like the ones featured below. If we pay attention, it may be surprising how many photographic opportunities will appear in places we didn't think to look.
All images used with permission and courtesy of Michael Shainblum.