VIDEO: Namibian Nights

Short film wins 2012 Travel Photographer Of The Year Award
Staff Writer

Mark van Oosten's incredible photographs are most often featured in magazines such as National Geographic, Audubon and Science Illustrated. But when you string together his images, you can also create breathtaking videos. 

Each second of the film above is made up of 30 photographs. To create the minute-long video required 16,000 images that Oosten captured over two years.

Oosten’s mission was to design a time-lapse feature that highlighted his most popular subjects—such as quiver trees and giraffe thorn trees—under the stars and moonlight.

According to the Vimeo page, the photos were shot with Nikon D3, D3s and D4 cameras. Small headlights helped selectively light trees and rocks.

The hardest part to shoot was the mist in Deadvlei, as the phenomenon only occurs five times a year. The photographer kept a close eye on weather reports and had several failed attempts before he succeeded in capturing the landscape in its never-before-seen state.

In the end, van Oosten's efforts paid off. The video won First Prize at the 2012 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards.

H/T Gadling.