New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volumes 1 & 2

For Erika, Robb, and all my friends at Tūrangawaewae and in New Zealand.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volume 1 – Bevan Percival

From the filmmaker:

My first go at timelapse. Shot over the last couple of months mostly in and around the volcanic plateau of the central North Island of New Zealand in the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area. A culmination of thousands of still frames, some long cold nights and early mornings out under the beautiful southern hemisphere skies of New Zealand. Shot using a Canon 5D Mark II full frame DSLR rendered out in full HD 1080p from the digital raw stills at 5630×3740. Music is “Above Two Souls” by Gregg Lehrman and Boris Nonte.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volume Two – Bevan Percival

From the filmmaker:

This timelapse features my best work yet. It represents hours and hours of dedication to the art. I’m driven by chasing fleeting moments of damatic light on beautiful landscapes and also capturing the night sky and milky way in all it’s glory is a real buzz. Not be mention curling up out under the stars beside all the gear for whole nights at a time catching some sleep here and there between checking the gear and changing batteries and staring up into eternity with spectacular meteors burning up in the cosmic shore out the corner of your eye. Doing this sort of thing has bought me closer and closer to the wilderness. There is something about doing this sort of stuff that just makes you want to keep coming back for more and more. Maybe it’s the experience of being out there at one with the incredible beauty of this landscape. Maybe it’s the challenge of capturing it in the camera in the way that you witnessed it. Maybe it’s the excitement of seeing just what you got when you finally render it all out. Maybe it’s the satisfaction you get out of showing this to other people. Most probably it’s a combination of all these things.

All scenes shot in the North Island of New Zealand.

Main equipment used:
Canon 5D Mark II & various Canon Lenses
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero 6ft Dolly

“Go Beyond” by Ben and Matt Hales, licensed for use through Universal Publishing Production Music and APRA New Zealand.


2 thoughts on “New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse Volumes 1 & 2

  1. Kia ora e hoa! – Ataahua! Tongariro is part of our backyard, and Tongariro herself the most recent of three volcanoes in the National to be active. An alpine volcanic environment, both beautiful and also dangerous to the unprepared and unwary. And of course it’s remote nature offers fantastic night time skies when clear. Often when I am in the Ruahine I can look over and see these snow covered, mostly sleeping giants, and I relish their presence. Kia ora for this and I will be sure to share with Erika!
    Ka Kite ano,

  2. Kia ora, Robb. He roa te wā kua kitea.

    I can’t imagine what it is like to have an active volcano nearby. Clearly, the view is amazing. And the fact so many dangers exist in such an environment adds to its beauty, in my opinion. Despite the potential for problems, I don’t think I would hesitate to trade your volcano for the garage-lined alley that can be seen from the back windows of my house.

    Thank you for sharing with Erika. My best regards to you, Erika, and your families.

    In concluding, this Maori proverb seems an appropriate coda:

    Mehema koe ka tuoho, meinga ki te maunga tetei.

    If you should bow to greatness, let it be to a lofty mountain.


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