Behind the Scenes of a Mind-Bending Time-Lapse From the World’s Largest Salt Flat

The natural beauty contained within Enrique Pacheco’s latest time-lapse video “Reflections from Uyuni” is striking and remarkable. During South America’s rainy season, Pacheco journeyed through the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, down to the Bolivian desert capturing surreal landscapes of these flooded lands. Fstoppers is happy to share the Spanish cinematographer’s insight as to what the experience was like shooting in such surreal locations.

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The Beauty and Wonder of Iceland’s Northern Lights Like Never Experienced Before

Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady spent five weeks in Iceland living out the back of a rental car to capture the ethereal footage found in his latest 360-degree time-lapse project “Aurora Panoramas Acoustic Borealis.” The video depicts Iceland in its full fantastic glory, with brightly colored auroras floating above fairytale landscapes. Set to an original mellow acoustic tune by long-time friend Brandon McCoy, this video makes for the perfect 4-minute weekend getaway.

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Photographer Ryan Chatfield Sprints Beach, Climbs Rocks, to Save Drone from Waves Below

Ever used a drone? If you have, you've almost certainly had that "oh sh*t" moment as your expensive, and admittedly, super awesome toy narrowly escaped a crash that would inevitably end its life. Well, Ryan Chatfield knows that feeling exactly. He was on a beach capturing a beautiful Western Australian sunset when his drone's batteries begin to die. Watch this video to see him race across the beach to save it before it plummets into the rocks and waves below!

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The 5DS, f/11 and Confusing Circles

For many centuries, scientists fought vehemently about the nature of light. Two sides debated a question pivotal to the development of physics: is light a particle or a wave? It wasn't until the 20th century that one of the most startling revelations about our universe came to prominence: light is both.

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The Skyglow Project – Why Our Starry Nights Have Disappeared

If you haven’t seen the stars in the sky in some time, you’re not alone. Thanks to the ever growing amount of light pollution in populated cities’ celestial domes, the heavens above us are becoming harder and harder to see. The Skyglow project aims to, forgive the pun, shed light on the subject. Filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic shot this short film throughout Los Angeles – imagining the majestic universe just above.

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Combining Aerial Landscape Photography with Video for Captivating Results

Freelance motion graphics designer and London-based art director T Tagholm created this mesmerizing piece with the help of After Effects. I honestly can say what it is about this video that caught my eye but I found myself transfixed in a way that was reminiscent of the time I watched Koyaanisqatsi (the second time, not the first time when I fell asleep). The undeniably hypnotic 'simulacra' is part of a larger project that is still in the works but in the meantime you can check out T Tagholm earlier released piece, 'Plain Sight'.

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Filmmaker Thomas Tepstad Berge’s Timelapse Will Mesmerize You with the Beauty of the Norwegian West Coast

Civil Engineer, Thomas Berge, is a hobbyist filmmaker from just outside of Stavanger, Norway. He has carefully edited together a ridiculously gorgeous combination of timelapses and hyperlapses of the west coast over the last three years that will have you calling your travel agent to book a flight out his way. It’s a five minute feast for your eyes that you don’t want to miss.

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Creating A Time Slice Photo

Watch as LA based photographer Dan Marker-Moore shows us how he stitches hundreds of photos together to make one Time Slice image. Dan travelled Hong Kong and Shanghai to shoot the same landscapes at different times of the day. This series of photos were then color corrected in Lightroom before a composite was created in After Effects. By lining up slices of the photographs, that had been offset in time / exposures, the photos create a sense of time-in-motion for each landscape.

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‘Adventure Is Calling’ Will Inspire You to Go out and Explore

There's no better way to start the week off than to watch a beautifully shot and composed time-lapse. Shane Black spent several months traveling through the U.S. and Canada teaching workshops and shooting this time-lapse. "Adventure is Calling" makes me want to get out of the house and explore how beautiful our planet is. Black spent about 4 months, traveled roughly 14,000 miles, and shot about 20,000 still for this inspiring 3 minute video.

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‘More Than Just Parks’ Aims To Create Short Films From All 59 National Parks

Brothers Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz are on a mission to spread greater awareness to the treasures that reside within America’s National Parks through visually stunning imagery. The first results of which are 3 short films, with a staggering 49 more in the works. I interviewed half of the Pattiz brothers, Will, and learned a bit more about how they got involved in such an ambitious undertaking.

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Travel Photography Pointers: Portugal & Beyond

Good Morning Everybody,

Spain4After our brief stay in Gibraltar we headed out to Villamoura, Portugal which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Once again, we were presented with the ever changing landscape.  From wind turbines to those beautifully designed Spanish bridges.  I have to say – Spain has the most exciting modern architecture throughout the country – more than any other country LaDawn and I have traveled.

0003_VillaMoura-DAZ_1487We finally arrived at our newest destination about 3 in the afternoon. A quick side note – we had always wanted to stay in this resort.  It is one of the jewels of Hilton’s resort locations.  On a whim, I dialed up the US Hilton reservation headquarters and asked if there was any chance in getting into Hilton Villamoura.

0005_VillaMoura-DAZ_1778It had ben sold out months before when I tried to book it.  Low and behold, there was a last minute cancellation and we were able to change our reservations to this fabulous property.  Clean living, I guess ;~)

Villamoura, Portugal is one of the most popular European travel destinations with it’s beautiful beaches, marinas, and warm weather. This locale also made for a good home base for us to explore the surrounding areas.

Travel Photography Pointers:  Portugal & Beyond

As a professional photographer, photography during our travels is essential.  Remember, I’m not just documenting our travels with “vacation pictures”. My main goal is to capture some great images for fine art posters, wall décor, and app development. More on the app later.

LaDawn and I always travel with two cameras – me with my Canon 5D Mark III and she with the Canon SX50.  Both together offer quality output and an unbelievable range of focal lengths that works perfectly for our travel photography.

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Travel Photography Pointers: Portugal & Beyond

Good Morning Everybody, Spain4After our brief stay in Gibraltar we headed out to Villamoura, Portugal which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Once again, we were presented with the ever changing landscape.  From wind turbines to those beautifully designed Spanish bridges.  I have to say – Spain has the most exciting modern architecture throughout the country – more than any other country LaDawn and I have traveled. 0003_VillaMoura-DAZ_1487We finally arrived at our newest destination about 3 in the afternoon. A quick side note – we had always wanted to stay in this resort.  It is one of the jewels of Hilton’s resort locations.  On a whim, I dialed up the US Hilton reservation headquarters and asked if there was any chance in getting into Hilton Villamoura. 0005_VillaMoura-DAZ_1778It had ben sold out months before when I tried to book it.  Low and behold, there
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”The Long And Winding Road”

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”The Long And Winding Road
©David A. Ziser

This image was made while traveling through Andalusia, Spain. We had stopped briefly to explore what looked to be an old castle of some kind.  Turned out to be an abandoned water tower for a real estate deal that-went-south in the economic crunch a few years ago. The climb to the top of the hill presented us with some great vantage points for some cool panoramas.  This is one of my favorites. Compositionally I love the road meandering gently through the foreground heading into parts unknown in the distance. The contrasting colors and textures also work well together in this image. Because of the heavy backlighting, I had to work a few tweaks in Lightroom 5 to get the image tones right were I wanted them.  I think the resulting image captures the abundant beauty of this region
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”The Long And Winding Road”

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”The Long And Winding Road
©David A. Ziser

This image was made while traveling through Andalusia, Spain. We had stopped briefly to explore what looked to be an old castle of some kind.  Turned out to be an abandoned water tower for a real estate deal that-went-south in the economic crunch a few years ago.

The climb to the top of the hill presented us with some great vantage points for some cool panoramas.  This is one of my favorites. Compositionally I love the road meandering gently through the foreground heading into parts unknown in the distance. The contrasting colors and textures also work well together in this image.

Because of the heavy backlighting, I had to work a few tweaks in Lightroom 5 to get the image tones right were I wanted them.  I think the resulting image captures the abundant beauty of this region of Spain.

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with Tamron 28-300mm VC lens at 65mm, F4.5 at 1/1600 second, ISO 250.  Enjoy! David

Looks Like Prudential Insurance Was Here ;~)

Good Morning Everybody, I thought I’d sneak in a quick post today about our unfortunately short visit to the Rock of Gibraltar. After a weeklong stay in Malaga we had to overnight one night on our way to Villamoura, Portugal. Gibraltar seemed to be the perfect mid-point stop. We've never been to that part of the world and I never in my life expected it to be visiting Gibraltar but now –here we were. It turns out that it was one of the highlights of our travels. DAZ_1089 Needless to say the approach to the city is quite impressive when you first see the shadow of the rocket Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, standing against the misty sky-line. As you get closer the rock grows even larger until at last it presents it's impressive view. We arrived at our AirB&B around 2:30 p.m. and quickly got settled in.
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Looks Like Prudential Insurance Was Here ;~)

Good Morning Everybody,

I thought I’d sneak in a quick post today about our unfortunately short visit to the Rock of Gibraltar. After a weeklong stay in Malaga we had to overnight one night on our way to Villamoura, Portugal. Gibraltar seemed to be the perfect mid-point stop. We've never been to that part of the world and I never in my life expected it to be visiting Gibraltar but now –here we were. It turns out that it was one of the highlights of our travels.

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Needless to say the approach to the city is quite impressive when you first see the shadow of the rocket Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, standing against the misty sky-line. As you get closer the rock grows even larger until at last it presents it's impressive view.

We arrived at our AirB&B around 2:30 p.m. and quickly got settled in. We were on the 12th floor of the apartment building and the views across the city rooftops were impressive and quite telling of this smallish city.

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We were only a five minute walk to the Grand Casemates Gates, the main tourist area servicing the Rock of Gibraltar and surrounding areas. As usual, in these heavily tourist sites – the crowds weren’t very bad at all this time of year – we were approached by a taxi driver that wanted to give us "the best tour of our life of the rock.

He came on with a great personality, a great sense of humor, and a promise of a fantastic two hour tour – we were hooked and we're on our way about 10 minutes later. There were many vantage points on the way up to the top of the rock and each one presented a great view of the

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”A View From The Top”

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”A View From The Top
©David A. Ziser

Here is another image I captured during our stay in the Andalusia region of Spain.  The locales in this part of Spain are simply spectacular.  This image was made from the town of Ronda which was built on the top of the cliffs in the area.  This setting gave the residents a perfect vantage point in order to keep their eyes on any would be intruders. Shooting mid-day under very sunny lighting conditions can be quite challenging.  In the past I have tried to remedy the situation by shooting my Canon 5D Mark III in HDR mode.  I’ve never been thrilled with the result.  This scene photographed the same way gave me a resulting photograph that I think makes for a pretty nice mountain landscape image. First of all I like the composition with the
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”A View From The Top”

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”A View From The Top
©David A. Ziser

Here is another image I captured during our stay in the Andalusia region of Spain.  The locales in this part of Spain are simply spectacular.  This image was made from the town of Ronda which was built on the top of the cliffs in the area.  This setting gave the residents a perfect vantage point in order to keep their eyes on any would be intruders.

Shooting mid-day under very sunny lighting conditions can be quite challenging.  In the past I have tried to remedy the situation by shooting my Canon 5D Mark III in HDR mode.  I’ve never been thrilled with the result.  This scene photographed the same way gave me a resulting photograph that I think makes for a pretty nice mountain landscape image.

First of all I like the composition with the foreground dropping deep into the valley below and the plateau receding into the mountains in the distance.  The architecture and the medieval design of the town sure didn't hurt. Shooting HDR did a good job preserving the very wide range of tones throughout the image. It’s a magnificent setting in a very historical part of this wonderful country of Spain which we enjoyed so much.

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with Tamron 28-300mm VC lens at 24mm, F4.0 at 1/1000 second, ISO 250. Camera HDR mode Auto, Art Standard 

DAZNOTE: You may question my use of F-Stop for this image. I don’t remember why the camera was set to F 4.0 either.  I’m presuming I was shooting in Aperture Priority mode moments before and simply forgot to make the change before I made this image.  The 28mm focal length still carries the

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Beautiful Andalusia, Spain: High Noon Landscapes That Still Look Good

Good Morning Everybody, I know it’s been a while since I checked in with everyone - so I figured it was about time I did just that. As I said in an earlier post, we spent a week in the Malaga, Spain surrounds and did a lot of exploration and photography – sort of our regular modus operandi as we travel. DAZ_0529 We also did a little R&R as we had been going non-stop for the first four weeks in our travels. Our apartment at the Heritage Resorts at Matchroom Country Club was perfectly situated in the complex with a beautiful view from our balcony porch out over the pool and even further the golf course.  And the sunsets were gorgeous as you can see in the photo above. DZ2_0063Southern Spain is jammed packed with world class golf courses.  Alas, I don’t play much these days.  But when
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