Capturing the beauty of the French Alps using timelapse

A couple of years ago (in 2012), I was lucky enough to be able to spend a fortnight in the French Alps in a friend’s apartment in La Joue Du Loup, a small ski resort in the stunning and unspoilt Devoluy region. As the photo below shows, the chalet had the most amazing view from the balcony looking west across a deep valley to a mountain range dominated by the La Grande Tete de l’Obiou peak.

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Most mornings we were able to watch as the rising sun lit the peaks of the mountains opposite with rose-tinted rays, and as we ate our evening meal we were treated to the spectacular sight of the sun setting behind the mountain range.

This region of the French Alps is a landscape photographer’s dream, but I sometimes struggled to capture the magnificence of such wide-ranging natural scenery. As well as many stills, this was also my first proper attempt to take timelapses.

The hills are alive with the sound of timelapse

During the course of the two week holiday, at every available opportunity I placed my camera out on the balcony on a tripod and took photos to turn into timelapses. I came home with many thousands of photos, but with a busy family life it has taken me until now (Spring 2015!) to get around to putting together all of these photos into a timelapse.

So here is the finished timelapse – click on the HD button to view the video in high definition at Vimeo. I’ll provide a few details about the equipment used below the video.

Summer in the French Alps from Howard Hurd on Vimeo.

The equipment used for the video

This video was shot mainly using a Panasonic Lumix GF1, with legacy Sigma 28mm f2.8 PK lens, Pentax 50mm f1.7 PK lens and Lumix kit zoom 14-45mm (at the 14mm end). I think I may have shot a few sequences with a secondhand Lumix GH1 with the same lenses. I used a cheap ‘Pixel’ branded remote intervalometer release bought online.

Unfortunately, I only captured the images using jpegs (not RAW + jpegs) so the dynamic range on some of the footage is a bit restricted.

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