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Midnight Sun | Iceland – Gorgeous Time-lapse by Joe Capra (scientifantastic)

Posted on October 19, 2011 in Photography

Midnight Sun | Iceland – Gorgeous Time-lapse by Joe Capra (scientifantastic)

Update: check out the “unofficial” time-lapse footage of this video here.

Watch this gorgeous time-lapse video in Iceland by photographer Joe Capra (SCIENTIFANTASTIC). Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day. This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.

Iceland is a landscape photographers’ paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must-visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.

During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of “Golden light”. Once the sun had set it wouldn’t even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don’t start to reappear until August.

For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.

Joe Capra+ (gplus.to/​scientifantastic)
Twitter (twitter.com/​scientifantasti)

GEAR
Motion Control System: The motion controlled shots in this film were shot using the Stage Zero dolly system made by Dynamic Perception.

Cameras and Lenses:
2 Canon 5DII DSLR cameras
1 Canon 7D
Various Canon lenses

Music
“The world is our” by This Will Destroy You

1 Comment

  1. Don Laird October 20, 2011

    Joe Capra is a man who wandered to one corner of this planet, Iceland, to take over 38,000 photographs…..38,000 splinters of time……38,000 exquisite moments in the ebb and flow of a “Pale Blue Dot” spinning through space………

    From those 38,000 splinters of time, Joe Capra, an artist and a craftsman, created a breathtaking film of Iceland ‘neath the midnight sun. I was stunned and as I watched I slowly drifted away on music beguiling, transfixed as, once again, I was stumbling through my youth, once again, with the eyes of a young man, discovering the northern reaches of Canada, taken back to my wanderings in the Arctic and the Yukon so many years ago……….sublime…..surreal…..simply magnificent……

    There are those who see far beyond the surface, there are those with vision, those whose grasp of fleeting moments gives the world a reason to pause, a reason to walk down the avenues of days gone by, a reason to see our world for what it is; a rare gift……..Joe Capra is one of those.

    Capra wandered to a place most of us would consider hostile, barren and unforgiving…an island that rides the Arctic Circle, an island surrounded by the North Atlantic ocean; Iceland. Capras’ work reveals he found not hostility nor absence of life and beauty but much the opposite. Capra found incredible beauty and a rare depth of Life. This short film, celebrating the explosion of life in an arctic world, is truly art imitating life. It shows us that this gift of Life, mirrored in the Icelandic summer, is so incredibly short-lived and, if squandered, gone in the twinkling of an eye.

    Music, as I’ve said before, is the language of Life and the lubrication of the soul.

    The very pride of providential gifts and talent put to use, Capras’ creation slides along on the musical equivalent of a lovers’ embrace. This short film, as if improvement were possible, is set to some brilliant, hypnotic, drifting, post-rock music. The song, “This World Is Our___” , is the creation of the band “This Will Destroy You”.

    In closing……

    Strange then…..the Human Race…….capable of such incredible beauty yet contrasted by such horrible nightmares…..perhaps if we had a few more men and women like Joe Capra………..just perhaps……

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

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