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.
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.
[Via Primelapse / Images screen captures]