New Zealand grandeur in a 4k timelapse
A German cinematographer has picked up where Peter Jackson left off in showing the world New Zealand's breathtaking natural beauty.
Martin Heck of Timestorm Films has made a series of four timelapse videos of our country's diverse scenery - from forests, coastlines and volcanoes, to mountains, beaches and glaciers.
Shot over a four month period from November 2013, Heck traversed the country, sleeping under the stars while shooting his visually stunning footage.
Heck, who has been doing timelapse cinematography for the last six years, wanted to take a big trip after school to a country far away from home.
"So not surprisingly New Zealand was my top destination as it is often called the most beautiful country on the planet," he said.
His plan was "to have an epic time on the road and in nature, doing what I love and making a bunch of cool videos once I was back home for editing."
After shooting several terabytes of timelapse with over 100,000 images captured into sequences, Heck cut four videos from the material collected in New Zealand, each dedicated to a different type of landscape.
Editing all the footage was a lengthy process, and Heck said his computer ran every night on full load for five weeks once he returned from his trip.
"Awakening" shows mountainous places on the way to Milford Sound, Mount Cook National Park, Arthur's Pass, Mavora Lakes, Lake Ohau and Lake Te Anau.
"Amplitude" shows the variety and copiousness of New Zealands rainforests and caves, which included footage of the Oparara Basin, glow worm caves, and Haast Pass, Heck said.
The cinematographer's final two videos in the series are in post production, and he already has plans to return to Aotearoa.
"I am really happy with how it turned out and I already miss the clear skies, untouched nature and amazing landscapes," he said.
"It definitely won't be the last time I come to New Zealand."