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Little Nordics Explore A Tiny Norway Through Creative Timelapse

By Justin Heyes on February 1st 2015

These days, timelapses are a dime a dozen. How many times can you watch rolling clouds, brightly lit cityscapes, or undulating Aurorae Borealis (though gorgeous in beautiful 4k) without getting a bit blasé. Because there are so many of them, it really takes something different to make a timelapse stand out. Martijn Doolaard has done so by creating a cute miniature timelapse of the fjords of Norway and Iceland aptly named, Little Nordics.

Life in Miniature

During a trip to Norway, Doolaard and his brother captured the hustle and bustle of people on vacation, ferries on the waterways, and cars on winding roads in the cites of Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien and Trollstigen. “I liked the idea of portraying Norway as a cute little world while it’s known for its large scale nature and remote landscapes,” explains Doolaard.

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The majority of images in Norway were shot on the Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.8. The images in Iceland were shot on the Panasonic GH3 with the Voightländer 25mm f/0.95 and the Lumix 35-100. To achieve the stylistic look, the timelapse was sped up at 4 times the normal speed with a tilt-shift effect added in post production.



There were a few sequences that did not fit the “ant-hill” aesthetic; such as the medium shot of the people fishing or the paraglider. I feel those sequences took a little away from the what the video was accomplishing already so well. One sequence that stood out to me, though, was the panning shot of the helicopter taking off; it’s not something you see in most timelapse videos. Personally, what made this timelapse interesting for me were the little sound effects. Made using the sounds of toy race cars and a blender, the effects added that extra depth that any music track alone couldn’t add. These little touches made this timelapse special and it definitely make me want to step up my creative game.

To see more from Doolaard, you can visit his website Damp Design. Make sure you check out the behind the scenes photos from Little Nordics here.

[Via Primelapse / Images screen captures]

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bud Johnson

    haha! You can’t watch this video and NOT smile – incredible!

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  2. Basit Zargar

    Awesome video

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  3. Peter McWade

    Had to share that with some very influential people. That was just awesome. The medium shot of the fishing people and the paraglider should not have been there for sure but other than that it was just so wonderful. Loved those sound effects.

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  5. Kristian Hollund

    Have to admire people that have a plan and stick to it for so long to make something cool. Some sections worked better than others, but still very nicely done.

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  6. Robert T

    Very creative and nice landscapes.

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  7. Murray Severn

    Very well done! Almost seemed like he had managed to animate a playset…

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    very cool video.

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