During the month of June, I was lucky enough to spend 17 days exploring Iceland shooting timelapse and video. The natural, chaotic beauty of the country made it a place that I had wanted to see for a long time. When the opportunity finally arose, I knew that I had to take it. Driving nearly 4000 miles, sleeping in the passenger seat of a small SUV, and eating gas station food, it was all worth it.
Arriving in Reykjavik on the 14th, we picked up our rental car, and hit the road. Luckily, I was able to pick up a SIM card in town, making it possible for me to keep in touch with everyone at home and post iPhone photos of the various locations that we visited. If you follow my Facebook Page, you might have seen some of these shots.
For the next 17 days, we drove constantly from location to location, only stopping for gas, food, and the occasional random campsite. I had an idea of what to expect of the landscape in Iceland, but that idea was nothing compared to what I saw during the trip. The waterfalls around every corner, vibrant green mountains, massive fjords, glacial lagoons, and ever-changing landscape/weather really made for an eye-opening experience.
For gear, I decided to keep things as simple as possible to save room in the SUV, while still being able to get 3 axis movements. Using my Tamrac backpack, I was able to pack 3 camera bodies, 4 lenses, multiple filters, intervalometers, all of my camera batteries, and more smaller accessories all in one pack. For support and motion control, I brought 3 tripods, 2 Manfrotto Carbon sticks, and 1 small Induro tripod, as well as a 5 foot Kessler Crane Cineslider and Kessler 3-Axis CineDrive system. Though this was a decent amount of equipment, I could carry it all at once when I needed to.
The resulting video is a collection of some of my favorite shots from the trip. Because we were there during the midnight sun, we never got a real glimpse of the night sky. I definitely hope to go back again to capture more of this beautiful country and explore it deeper.
I want to also thank the band For a Minor Reflection for letting me use their track Flóð for this piece.
Hello everyone and welcome! Very happy to say that I have a website up and running. As a first post I thought I would give a little background on myself as well as introduce my newest project, “Cityscape Chicago”.
My name is Eric Hines and I am a Photographer, Timelapse Cinematographer, and aspiring Filmmaker from Northwest Indiana. I have been exploring the photographic arts for almost 3 years now. Experimenting with different genres, I was immediately drawn to the beauty of landscape and cityscape photography.
In late 2010, I discovered timelapse photography and became fascinated with its simple, yet complex nature, as well as the things you could capture using it. Using a relatively inexpensive digital camera, I could capture timelapse sequences with video quality comparable to professional cinema cameras. Starting small with my camera, a tripod, and a shutter remote, I began to teach myself the basics, and learned techniques to improve upon it.
In the summer of 2011, I took my timelapses one step further by ordering my first motion-control dolly and began travelling solo around Eastern Wyoming for two months capturing sequences of it’s beautiful night sky and sunsets, resulting in my first project, “Wild Wyoming“. After the release of “Wild Wyoming”, I received the opportunity to work with some great people that I had been fans of for a while and was able to travel to some amazing places all over the west and pacific coast from mid-winter until summer 2012.
Arriving back to my hometown in Indiana, I already had my next project in mind. At the time, it was simply “The Chicago Project”, but eventually evolved over the course of creating it into “Cityscape Chicago”. The goal from the very beginning was to go as big as possible with the very limited budget that was provided by myself. I knew that getting access to buildings with interesting views of the city from above would be one of the most difficult parts. Using the internet as my tool, I was able to get in touch with contacts who proved to be very valuable in getting these special shots. Over the course of four months, I drove into the city from Indiana and met with my friend Matt Young, who assisted me with the project. Because timelapse is such a hit or miss process, there were many times we would meet up and only be able to get one or two shots, sometimes none, because of the varying conditions. Most of the time though, I would leave with sequences I couldn’t wait to process when I got home. Throughout the project I was able to see some places around the city of Chicago I never thought I would and continued to be inspired by it every night I was out there. With the release of “Cityscape Chicago”, I feel it is just the beginning in the exploration of the city and plan to continue shooting it in as many unique ways as possible as I mature as an aspiring filmmaker and photographer.
To read my interview with Preston Kanak about “Cityscape Chicago”, head over to the Kessler University page.