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Watch The Film That Will Inspire You to Travel to New Zealand Right Now

For almost two years now, every time we see the name ‘Timestorm Films’ appear on our social feeds, we get a smile on our face and stop whatever we are doing. The man behind Timestorm Films, Martin Heck, only releases a new travel time-lapse film about twice a year, but they are always worth the wait.

We first discovered Heck when he showed us the ruthless power of the Calbuco volcano, but since then we have followed the Germany-based filmmaker around the world, especially loving his films showing off the Dolomites. But his latest film, ‘New Zealand Ascending‘ may be some of his cleanest and stunning work to date.

But the shooting of the project wasn’t easy. As Heck explained:

Capturing high resolution time-lapse visuals in some of the most remote places of New Zealand came with a lot of challenges for men and equipment. Nature made clear who the boss is by destroying two of my cameras. A very strong Mag 7.5 earthquake hit the Kaikoura region about halfway into the trip. Spring weather was very unsettled so it surprised me even more to capture one of the most perfect nightsky reflection scenes I have ever done.

Obviously, a film of this magnitude takes a ton of content and work. Heck states that the total time captured was over 220 hours while driving over 8,000km through the island nation. When Heck came home, he spent an estimated 1,000 hours over 156 weeks combing through and editing 185,000 photos, which totaled 8TB of storage, before unveiling the final product.

With dedication like that, it’s easy to see why Timestorm Films is one of the most respected time-lapse filmmakers working today.

Heck was kind enough to share alot of behind the scenes photos from the trip with Resource Travel, and we highly recommend checking out his behind the scenes video as well!

See more from Timestorm Films on their website, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Vietnam – Two Lenses on Traditional Culture

Although having one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the last decade, with significant advancements in modernization and higher living standards, Vietnam is still home to many traditional cultures living in several regions of the country. These include the northern and central mountain areas, the Cham region on the south eastern coast, […]

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How to Use the Graduated Filter in Lightroom (Video)

Have you ever wondered how to use the graduated filter in Lightroom? Although we have covered it in depth in our Workflow and Post-Processing course, I thought it would be a good idea to share some detail about the specifics of the graduated filter in a video. If you are just starting out in Lightroom, […]

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Why I minimize my photography on vacation and you should, too

Have you ever been to Italy? Yeah, me neither.

Well… maybe that’s not entirely true.

I did go. Once. But I missed the whole trip.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

About a year after my husband and I got married, we took a trip with my parents to Italy. Beautiful-beyond-description, Italy. So beautiful, in fact, that I obsessively photographed every dog, child, flower, and street sign in the whole country.

I was going to change the world with the beauty captured inside my new digital camera. My days were full of snapping and checking the back of my camera while I toiled away my nights editing, adjusting, and obsessing, waiting for the world’s slowest dial-up to post my photos to Facebook. (Because if it wasn’t on Facebook, it didn’t happen. Right?)

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

I was on cloud nine, camera-obsessed and certainly obnoxious. There I was in the most beautiful place on earth with the people I loved the most, and I couldn’t sleep I was so excited to photograph every solitary moment. My joy was matched only by the height of my husband’s eye-roll as he watched me edit away our Italian adventure, unable to rescue me from the photo vortex I’d discovered.

And like a blink, the trip was over.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

I’m sad when I think about it now. In my effort to record every moment, I didn’t let myself soak up any of them. I had this once-in-a-lifetime experience to bond my new husband and my family, and I was too preoccupied with a screen to be present in the moment.

Fast-forward a few years, and I’m on a trip to Colorado with my husband’s family, our little boy, and an entirely different perspective. This time, I decide to bring just one film camera and a handful of rolls of film.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

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Life and love dance across the lenses of my eyes, and when I want to make sure I preserve a certain special one, I slowly pick up my film camera and take one or two photos, and then, get this: I put it down. That’s it. There’s no screen on the back of the camera, begging me to review my work. There’s no hard drive full of images to distract me. There’s just my most beloved people and me, on vacation. I cull and post the photos weeks after the vacation, and we get to relive the magical moments and laugh at the experiences we shared together. Imagine that!

Photography is such a gift, and the photos we take of our children will bless us forever. But if we let taking photos get in the way of making actual memories, then we miss the point.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting on just three rolls of film. Let it change the way you document the world. Let it allow you to be present with your family. And just watch, because I bet you will love each one of those precious few photos you took, much more than the hundreds you usually do.

You don’t need to be a professional film shooter to do this! You can buy a small film camera (Canon AE-1 is great and only about $ 30) and try shooting 2-3 rolls on your vacation! See if you enjoy the freedom of being able to put the camera down. Developing the film and looking back at the photos a week later will give you a chance to relive those magic memories all over again!

Digital shooters, you can do this, too! Try taping a piece of black paper over your back screen and just relying on your camera meter when taking photos. Take the picture, and then put the camera away. Make the choice to spend time connecting with your family and not flipping back through the photos you’ve taken or editing them while you’re traveling!

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

Will you take on my challenge? On your next vacation, instead of taking your work camera along, or taking a million phone photos, try shooting simpler.

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13 Romantic Places to Take Your Date in New York City This Valentine’s Day

 

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The Hallmark holiday. While February 14th is just a commercial holiday, it is still a romantic one, especially if you are in New York City. So with the help of some well-known romantic movies, we compiled a list of some of the most romantic places to take that special someone today.

Brooklyn Bridge/DUMBO

In our opinion, there is no place more romantic than along the water in Brooklyn’s DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), especially at night. As blue hour descends upon the city, the looming Manhattan skyline lights up, giving everyone butterflies, no matter how many times you witness it. The most well-known vantage point is next to Jane’s Carousel just to the east of the bridge, but if you go west to the other side of the bridge, look for the wood beams in the water behind the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar for a quiet place to enjoy the view.

Photo by Michael Bonocore

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Manhattan Bridge Overlook

If quiet is necessary for your romantic night with your significant other, than this is not the place for you. If you walk onto the Manhattan Bridge, you will find a wide section of walkway that holds one of the best views of the skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. There are even holes cut in the chain link fence to make sure you get the photo you want, without barriers. Unfortunately, standing on a double-decker bridge which also has a subway track makes this a very loud romantic loud, but the view at sunset more than makes up for it.

The ‘Oculus’

The newly opened World Trade Center Transportation Hub serves 250,000 commuters a day, but the real draw here is the Oculus, a 78,000 jaw-dropping dining and shopping hub. With a futuristic look, the room takes in a ton of natural light from the giant windows, and being that it’s still new, it could be a romantic first for both of you.

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Empire State Building

In the movie an Affair to Remember, this famous piece of architecture served as the perfect setting for a dramatic scene in the film when a two people who are currently dating someone else fall in love and agree to meet back here in six months once they have their affairs in order.  Sleepless in Seattle was inspired by the classic film when character Maggie writes to a man she only knows from the radio, proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building.

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Central Park

Get away from the hustle of the city and take your date to Central Park, which somehow trancends lovers into a quiet fairy tail setting, even in the middle of the busiest city in the world. In the sweet and cynical Woody Allen film, Annie Hall, both Allen and actress Diane Keaton go to central park to people watch. If you and your lover have a sarcastic, yet curious personality, perhaps this would be the perfect date for the two of you.

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The Statue of Liberty

In the 1984 film Splash a mermaid is fresh off the boat in New York City when she arrives stark naked at the State of Liberty in search of the man she saved from drowning. Awww. Too bad she was later arrested for indecent exposure. Maybe bring a swimsuit if you want to live out this rom-com fantasy.

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The New York Public Library

This gorgeous library has served as the setting for older films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and newer films like the wedding in the Sex and the City movie. Check it out for yourself to see why the insides of this colossal marble building will make anyone swoon.

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New York Aquarium

Freddie Prinze Jr. surprises actress Monica Parker in this dreamy early 2000s film Head Over Heels with a late night tour of the New York Aquarium. What’s more romantic than watching beluga whales swim behind plexiglass?

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Katz Deli

Harry Met Sally in this Brooklyn deli and people have been faking orgasms there ever since. Okay, not really, but that’s what Sally did in the provocative scene that took place here. In may not be the late eighties, but you might still get away with doing the same if public displays of affection are your thing.

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Rockefeller Center

If the film title Autumn in New York doesn’t sound romantic enough to you, then perhaps ice skating in Rockefeller Center like Will Keane (Richard Gere) and Charlotte Fielding (Winona Ryder) did in the movie will.

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Grand Central Station

Though a number of movies have now made this grand train station more than just a hub for public transit, no movie quite did it like Friends With Benefits did when Dylan (Justin Timberlake) surprised Jamie (Mila Kunis) with a flash mob singing and dancing to “Closing Time.” What song would you choose to declare your love to someone here?

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High Line

And how about wrapping up your day with a cosy nighttime walk through New York City’s only elevated outdoor park? The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park in West Manhattan. It was inspired by a similar 3-mile park in Paris—exactly, the city of love. The High Line is an ocean of green amid a concrete jungle and you and your partner will find it surprisingly relaxing. There’s more than enough plantation and hidden corners to help you finally score that kiss you were aiming for all day.

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