This Photographer Spent a Year in New Zealand to Create a Stunning Time-lapse Video
New Zealand’s striking and incredibly diverse landscape has helped it become the setting for many famed film series that include the "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit," and a new video shows you just how stunning its scenery can be.
San Francisco-based photographer Cory Marshall has spent the last year living in the country and traversing its top national parks, forests, and picturesque lakes to create a time-lapse video of some of its most eye-catching settings.
The video, titled Aotearoa (the Maori name for the country that translates to "the land of the long white cloud"), takes you through famed locations that include the close to 150,000-foot-long Lake Wanaka and the soaring peaks of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
To capture the dreamy footage, Marshall spent a year hiking through New Zealand’s vistas, mountains, and regions, giving travelers a taste of the spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and surroundings they’ll spot at locations like Queenstown.
Marshall also captured footage from the Fiordland National Park, where visitors will find Mitre Peak, which rises over Milford Sound, and fascinating marine scenes, like black coral.
He also spent time in the Catlins, known for its lush forests, rugged coastlines, tucked-away lakes, and cascading waterfalls.
“There is no better feeling than being out in the wilderness and witnessing an amazing sunset or sunrise with no one else around,” the photographer told the website Stuff.co.nz about his time hiking and shooting in wilderness settings.
To capture these shots in all their glory, Marshall spent anywhere from 45 minutes to up to four hours in locations like Taranaki, using a total of some 300 photos to put together the footage, according to the publication.
Of all the locations he shot in, the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park was his favorite.
“The Cook Range is stunning with dramatic mountains, beautiful glacial lakes and amazing glaciers; you can get off the main trails and find truly unique vistas,” Marshall said of the scene.