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Hong Son Doong (reposted)

(Link to video corrected.)  I have in the past posted links to videos, particularly videos featuring exceptional outdoor and nature photography. It has been a while since any posts. I recently came across this extraordinary video shot largely with drones, in HD resolution, in what is sometimes considered the world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. (Make sure HD is on and watch fullscreen.)

This video was shot by Ryan Deboodt (click for Ryan’s website), who has apparently been filming in this area for a while. The photography and cinematography is excellent. The images of the cave are mind-boggling, but the views of all the flora are just beautiful. I was particularly impressed by the views which show (tiny) people exploring the cave, which helps to define the awesome scale of the place. With the added music, the video (about 6 min) is very relaxing.

Here is a terrific website about the Hong Son Doong cave with a wealth of information and information. Ryan Deboodt’s website features extraordinary still photography from the cave.

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Hong Son Doong

I have in the past posted links to videos, particularly videos featuring exceptional outdoor and nature photography. It has been a while since any posts. I recently came across this extraordinary video shot largely with drones, in HD resolution, in what is sometimes considered the world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. (Make sure HD is on and watch fullscreen.)

This video was shot by Ryan Deboodt (click for Ryan’s website), who has apparently been filming in this area for a while. The photography and cinematography is excellent. The images of the cave are mind-boggling, but the views of all the flora are just beautiful. I was particularly impressed by the views which show (tiny) people exploring the cave, which helps to define the awesome scale of the place. With the added music, the video (about 6 min) is very relaxing.

Here is a terrific website about the Hong Son Doong cave with a wealth of information and information. Ryan Deboodt’s website features extraordinary still photography from the cave.

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Fog of San Francisco

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This beautiful time-lapse video, titled “Adrift“, is by Simon Christen. Christen subtitles it “A love letter to the for of the San Francisco Bay area.”  I used to live in San Jose, in the South Bay, for a number of years. I easily fell in love with San Francisco and the whole Bay Area. Frequently I made the drive back and forth to San Francisco and enjoyed the fog that would flow like a river in the sky over the peninsula hills. The fogs in San Francisco itself were splendid. And this video truly does justice to the Bay Area and its fogs.

I found this video at The Atlantic, here, “Fog, More Beautiful Than You Have Ever Seen It Before.” It was posted on Vimeo where the video has received three-quarter million views in just a week. Simon Christen writes:

“Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.

I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.

I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes.

Simon Christen’s website is here, where you will find more timelapse video work as well as stunning travel, landscape, and abstract still photography.

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Flowers Timelapse

This is an absolutely spectacular piece of timelapse photography of emerging flowers by a Czech photographer, Katka Pruskova.  The video is 2:41 and best viewed in HD fullscreen. The music is “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra. Katka Pruskova’s website is here, and a page of “behind the scenes” information on the flowers video here. The video is copyright 2012 by Katka Pruskova.

This work is magnificent and exhibits both extraordinary skill by Ms. Pruskova and exceptional artistic flourish. The flowers are truly fascinating. Flowers include Amaryllis, Lilies, Zygocactus, Rose, Gladiolus, Tulip, and Gardenia. Relaxing and deeply enjoyable!

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Iceland: The Midnight Sun

Summer is the season of the midnight sun in the far northern hemisphere. There is  splendid landscape and time-lapse photography in this video of “Midnight Sun | Iceland” shot by Scientifantastic.

Best viewed fullscreen and in HD (the embedded video is HD), “Midnight Sun” was shot over a 17-day period in June 2011 by Scientifantastic. If you like mountains, sky, water, oceancoast, and spectacular scenery, you should love this video! Some of the mountainscapes almost look like abstract paintings.

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Facing The Future: Nine Perspectives on the Future of Photography

This fascinating article is from Petapixel.

Late last year, during the Day of Photography in Amsterdam, PhotoQ interviewed nine photographers about the challenges facing them and photography as a whole from both an economic as well as social perspective. The resulting videos offer nine different perspectives on the business of photography, how it’s changed, where it’s headed, and how to adapt. Some viewpoints are more negative and others more positive, but in the end you can tell that each of these photogs love what they do, and just want to make sure they keep getting to do it for a long time to come. (*)

Here are two of the recorded interviews. There are seven more video interviews with professional photographers.

Many of the bloggers who follow Random Sights are not professional photographers.  That is, they do not seek to make a living from their photographer. (“Enthusiast” is, I think, the most apt description.)

All of us, whether our involvement in photography is a livelihood or a serious amateur pastime, have found, I think, that both the demand for pictures and the popular interest in photography are greater than ever. At the same time, as most of the photographers in these interviews attest, the field of professional photography is changing as a result of both social and economic pressures. Whether we are talking about professionals or not, never before have so many people been part of a particular medium of expression or dedicated to a love for creating pictures.

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