Mystical 4K Timelapse of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s true gems. It’s a powerful wildlife expanse of blasting geysers and unencumbered trees, filling up the northwestern corner of Wyoming, along with chunks of Idaho and Montana. If you’ve never been, this part-video, part-timelapse short film, shot entirely using Canon’s strongest 4K video, might convince you to leave immediately:

The video was shot and edited by wildlife enthusiast Henry Jun Wah Lee, whose fascination with naturalism and Chinese medicine visibly seeps into his photography.

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“As someone who also grew up in the cities, I first started going out in nature simply to reconnect for myself. Being out there made me realize how much I was missing in my life. In the wilderness there is nothing between you and the stars. Trying to grasp the infinite is an inspiring, as well as a humbling experience. Seeing in person how nature works helped me also to better understand myself.” – Henry Jun Wah Lee, in an interview with The Atlantic, 2012

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Henry achieves the incredible detail and fluidity in the video by utilizing the full force of the 4K video on his two Canon cameras, the EOS-1D C and 5D Mk III. The timelapse scenes were shot on a 5K RAW setting, and he uses an array of motion slider cranes like the Kessler Crane Cinedrive and Cineslider to achieve a graceful pan over lakes and valleys.

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There’s been a lot of buzz around 4K technology lately, as companies are doling out 4K TVs and cameras in droves. Critics claim the daunting resolution (in this case, 4096×2160) won’t be discernible on smaller screens. It’s debatable whether it’s much stronger than standard HD. It certainly doesn’t do this video any harm.

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