If you were to ask Morten Rustad something about his home country, chances are he’ll provide you with a lengthy love poem. Because the photographer knows that “Norway is a country where nature takes the lead with its imposing mountains, endless plateaus and echoing valleys.” as he writes on his website.
It’s only been two years since his first five-minute 4K tribute to Norway, and Rustad is back already, more epic than ever. In this seven-minute time-lapse tribute in 8K resolution, Rustad focuses on the beauty that each of Norway’s seasons has to offer.
We’ve seen quite a few time-lapse films in our days at Resource Travel, but this one actually still made us stop in our tracks. Since screen grabs (click to enlarge!) don’t quite capture the time-lapse mood, we strongly encourage to watch the entire film. You will not be disappointed.
This film attempts to capture the ebb and flow of the seasons and is a result of one year of planning, a second year of shooting and four months of editing. 20,000 kilometers have been traveled, 200,000 photos taken and 20 terabytes worth of hard drives filled. Months have been spent hiking through the mountains, sleeping in tents and travelling through the entire country hunting for the best locations.
Rustad is says he’s particularly thankful for the motion control gear Syrp provided him with, and without which he would not have been able to make this film. In a special segment on his website, Rustad elaborates on all the gear he used, which shows us he mainly used his Sony a7R II, although occasionally also putting his Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4 and Canon 5D Mark III to work.
In this “Behind the Scenes” video, Rustat shares some thoughts on how it’s not necessarily crazy to work for a year on a seven-minute video. Furthermore, the soundtrack for this time-lapse was made specifically for this film by composer Jogeir Daae Mæland, with vocals by Katrine Stenbekk, mixing by Sivert Hagtvet and sound design by Viljar Losnegård. Check out this “Behind the Music” video for some more insight on the audio.
If you want to find out every little detail about this film, you’ll probably find it on Morten Rustad’s website. To follow all of his future adventures, we strongly recommend subscribing to his YouTube-channel, liking his photography page on Facebook, or following him on Instagram.