Flush with cash from recent jobs and looking at ten days off in late April/early May, photographer and filmmaker Sean Stiegemeierdecided to head to Iceland to create a stop-motion video of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano as “a fun thing to show my friends,” he says.
“I’m somewhat weird like that. When I see something I want to do, I typically just go do it and worry about it later,” Steigemeier toldPDN via email. “It drives my girlfriend crazy.”
Using Canon’s 5D Mark II and 2.8 L series Zoom lenses, and a motorized timelapse dolly prototype loaned to him by MiLapse, Stiegemeier made use of the day-and-a-half window of decent weather he got while on location to create the above video, shot from pulled-back vantage points around the base of the volcano.
The trip took Stiegemeier from Seattle to Detroit (where he picked up the dolly and got a tutorial on how to use it on the floor of the airport), back to Seattle (flight to Reykjavik canceled), then to New York, Glasgow, the wrong part of Iceland and then, a six-hour bus ride later, to Reykjavik.
After waiting out four days of bad weather, Stiegemeier got a window of decent conditions right before he was about to leave Iceland, during which time he shot the roughly 7000 stills that went into creating his video.
Stiegemeier, who says he is “a firm believer in using technology to color correct and create the best looking images,” used HDR (high dynamic range) processing for some of the shots. He says it took four days for his computer to render the video, but he didn’t spend very much time choosing images, color correcting or editing because he didn’t expect many people to see it.
The video, posted to Vimeo seven days ago, has generated 600 comments and nearly 10,000 “likes” from viewers.
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