Finally my latest 8K Timelapse film from Kyrgyzstan is online! It took me around two months to edit it, but I did it! I am so happy of the result, even tho I would have loved some Milky Way on it, nonetheless, I think this is my best work yet! So here a recap, if you haven’t read or watched the previous Travel Journals:
In June I spent 17 days in Kyrgyzstan, a country you might never hear of before, (I didn’t till last August), as a Timelapse photographer, I am always looking for new or less touristy places to shoot and Kyrgyzstan it’s definitely one of them... As mountains cover 90% of the country, the landscape it’s truly breathtaking and depending on the region, you can find a wide variety of places, from alpines lakes, rocky deserts, vast valley to huge mountains, its tallest Peak is 7,439m.
I felt in love with the unique landscapes and the kind, welcoming people of Kyrgyzstan.
Tourism here has started growing in the last couple of years and this country has a real potential to became the next top destination for photographers, hikers, back packers and alpinists! At this moment the tourist facilities are not ready for mass tourism like Iceland or Patagonia, but that’s also the beauty of it, you will be immerse in the culture and the truly lifestyle of the locals.
During the first part of the trip I explored with Visit Karakol and landscape photographers, Albert Dros, the south region around Lenin Peak, Arslanbob and Sary-Chelek, in the second part I hiked few days in the Karakol Valley, visiting Ala-Kul an alpine lake at 3.500m and Sary-Jaz Valley close to China’s borders
For this trip I traveled with two slider, the 1,5m Dynamic perception Stage One and R, which I use when I was able to walk short distances, as its quite heavy and the 90cm Rhino ROV Pro Traveler for second slider, it was perfect for the long 4 days hike at 3,500m, the lightweight factor (1.1Kg) helped a lot and thanks to this I was able to add motion to some of the TImelapse that otherwise I would’t be able to.
I put this bags through so much, driving off-road with 4x4, horse riding and hiked for days to the best mountains range of Central Asia, during thunderstorms, snow and sunny weather! I really love them!
To shoot the Timelapse in 8K, I used the Sony A7RIII with various Canon lenses, 16-35 f/4L, 24-70 f/4L and 70-200 f/4L.
To film the Travel Journals, I used the Sony A7III with the Samyang 24mm f/2.8 and the Zhuyin crane M.
I came back home with 5TB of data, 42.000 Raw files which converted in 107 Timelapse; I also made 6 Tavel Journals showing the behind the scene and the travel involved, you can watch them below.
Thanks so much to Visit Karakol team for have organised such an incredible tour, I couldn’t have done it without your help!
I will definitely go back to Kyrgyzstan to explore different locations in the future!
I hope you will enjoy the film!
Till next time!
To see more of the BTS of the trip check out the Kyrgyzstan Highlights Stories and follow me on Instagram @mattiabicchi
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