If you haven’t seen this video – stop and watch it right now! Colin Delehanty, who worked at Planet Granite, and Sheldon Neill created this brilliant timelapse and it has gone viral! They took a moment to sit down with me and talk about their recent project.
How did you get into landscape photography and video?
Colin – “Mostly I was influenced by my friend Kris (http://krischeng.com). I brought a Canon Rebel XT with me on my first climbing trip to Bishop, CA and noticed that I was spending more time taking pictures instead of climbing.”
Sheldon – “I got into Landscape photography 9 months ago when I fell in love with a timelapse video called ‘The Mountain’ by TSO Photography. At that point I made it my goal to eventually shoot and produce a video of similar quality.”
What was the inspiration for Yosemite HD?
Colin -“In 2010 I hiked Half Dome at night just like Sheldon and I had for this video. It was so amazing I wanted to do it again but not alone and with better camera equipment. Sheldon’s video “Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney” (http://vimeo.com/27184383) inspired me to follow through on this goal. He convinced me to buy a motion timelapse dolly from Dynamic Perception (http://dynamicperception.com) so we could both capture motion timelapses during our trip.
Sheldon – “6 Months ago I decided to timelapse a hiking trip to the summit of Mt.Whitney–currently the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. It was shortly after that I decided I was going to do something similar, but on a more unique scale that the world can relate to. I wanted to work on the project with someone who shared a similar interest, and thats when I met Colin Delehanty.
How long did you spend shooting in Yosemite?
We spent around 19 days in Yosemite National park between September and November.
What were some of the challenges of getting these pristine shots?
We had to endure pretty interesting weather conditions, as well as long days with very little sleep; if any. We also had the challenge of lugging heavy gear to a few remote locations, and with the lack of sleep, this increased the demand on our bodies. As we reached November, weather conditions became cold, and really began to test our wills.
What’s next for Project Yosemite?
This last project was a lot of fun so you can expect us to try this again. Follow Sheldon and Colin at Project Yosemite (http://projectyose.com).