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#17031 - 08/02/11 02:01 PM Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
All,

I just recently got back from Mount Whitney. Along my journey I met many great people; some of which were doing the JMT to Yosemite. I also happened to document my trip with timelapses compiled of the sites I passed and/or camped at. I hope everyone here will enjoy it!

http://vimeo.com/27184383

Cheers.

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#17032 - 08/02/11 02:22 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7577
Loc: Fresno, CA
Wow! Thanks for posting.

Here's the video:

Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney from Sheldon Neill on Vimeo.




By the way, Sheldon's commentary includes this:
Quote:
Making route from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit of Mount Whitney--the highest point in the contiguous United States--was one of my toughest challenges in my life. My pack weighing in at 85 pounds--67lbs when exiting, I traveled and documented my journey using the following:

Body: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM II
Filter: 77mm Fader ND Mark II
Batteries: 6 Canon LP-E6 + 18 AA Energizer Adv.-Lithium
Memory: 5 Delkin 32GB CF X450
Tripod: Vangaurd Alta 264AO+
Track Head Mount: Manfrotto Mini Ball 494RC2


. . . . 85 POUNDS?!!!! shocked

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#17041 - 08/02/11 03:51 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Steve C]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Sheldon, extraordinary. I have never seen anything quite like it. Can you give more detail on the exposure times and settings for your milky way shots?

Brent

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#17049 - 08/02/11 05:29 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Brent N]
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
Brent,

When shooting the milky way I had my aperture wide open--as wide as the lens could go--and set the exposure time to 30 seconds. As well as setting my shutter to that speed, I was also shooting anywhere from 2400-3200 ISO. Once you've got that setup, you then just need to make sure your lens is set to manual focus and that the focus is set to infinite.

While setting up the station I also checked a few things; like where the best shots of the milky way would appear, and what foreground would look best. Its easier to do this by taking some sample shots at a much higher ISO, just to see where things line up.

Just know while doing these shots it also mattered what time it was. I took these between 11:00PM - 2:00AM. Anytime before that and you'll get too much light pollution in the frame. Anytime after that and the 'prime' area of the milky way seems to disappear over the horizon. (Lets just say I had a few sleepless--cold nights, as I took these shots no where near I was camped to avoid any kind of light pollution from our tents/flashlights, etc.

I'm planning on doing a similar trip in Yosemite soon, but after this one I'm gonna take a break for a while.

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#17054 - 08/02/11 05:53 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Sheldon, way cool! Watched it 3 consecutive times - beautiful work, man. The color saturation was just vibrant - Kudos!

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#17056 - 08/02/11 06:05 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Steve C]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Just ... WOW!
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)

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#17057 - 08/02/11 06:18 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
DonCoqui Offline


Registered: 06/28/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Chula Vista, CA
Sheldon,
You are nuts for carrying the gear up the mountain... that said, what an AMAZING time lapse! I absolutely loved it! Thanks a bunch for sharing it!

Luis

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#17062 - 08/02/11 06:31 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: DonCoqui]
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
Thanks for the kind words guys! Here are a few images so you can see what I was dealing with:




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#17064 - 08/02/11 06:39 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
DonCoqui Offline


Registered: 06/28/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Chula Vista, CA
Like I said before... you are a nut!!! ...and thank you again for carrying the gear up the mountain... the time lapse video is TRULY AMAZING!!

In the end, your time lapse video is going to end up costing me money... it will be money well spent.

Thanks!
Luis

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#17066 - 08/02/11 06:41 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
DonCoqui Offline


Registered: 06/28/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Chula Vista, CA
OBTW, what setting did you use for the night sky time lapse?

Luis

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#17067 - 08/02/11 06:45 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: DonCoqui]
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
Focal Length: 24mm
f/1.4
Shutter: 30"
ISO: 2400-3200
WB: 4200

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#17088 - 08/03/11 03:36 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
DonCoqui Offline


Registered: 06/28/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Chula Vista, CA
Thanks!

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#17101 - 08/03/11 07:51 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: DonCoqui]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
For anyone who hasn't seen Sheldon's other videos that are on the link in his original post, take a gander. This guy has serious cinematic talent. Sheldon, will you come on my next family vacation with us and document it all for us? Tell us when you make your first movie.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us on the Boards. Wow.

Brent

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#17142 - 08/03/11 07:49 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Brent N]
DonCoqui Offline


Registered: 06/28/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Chula Vista, CA
Brent, I've just seen the one on Whitney, but I bookmarked his page to look at the other ones later. I showed it to my wife, who dislikes heights and who on seeing photos of the chute, switchbacks, and Trail Crest said... "sorry not for me", and the first thing out of her mouth was, "wow, (it) makes me wanna go".

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#17162 - 08/04/11 04:16 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
Jch Offline


Registered: 06/04/11
Posts: 8
Loc: SoCal
Awesome video!

Thanks for sharing.

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#17175 - 08/04/11 09:40 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
Again, glad you guys are liking the video. I recently just re-uploaded the video, so its an extra 25 seconds longer, and a little bit smoother.

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#17181 - 08/04/11 10:21 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Sheldon Neill]
Chris B Offline


Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 69
Loc: Denver, CO
Sheldon - beautiful vid, man. Loved it. Shows the true labor of love that great photog and videography work requires and the amazing results when done right. Loved it, thanks for sharing!!

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#17258 - 08/06/11 06:06 AM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: Chris B]
NYHiker Offline


Registered: 04/30/11
Posts: 12
Loc: NY
Amazing footage. Am hiking the same trip next weekend. Looking forward to it even more.

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#17630 - 08/18/11 12:02 PM Re: Whitney Timelapse Video | Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney [Re: NYHiker]
Sheldon Neill Offline


Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Orange County, CA
Originally Posted By: NYHiker
Amazing footage. Am hiking the same trip next weekend. Looking forward to it even more.
How was the weather? I heard the trails were annihilated the day after this was filmed. frown

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