Under The Minarets by Sean Michael Williams

By: Sean Michael Williams
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In June I ventured into the Ansel Adams Wilderness with my good friend Matt Karpinksi for a chance to time-lapse the once-in-a-lifetime “Super Moon”. A full moon of this kind only gets this close to Earth every 100 years. I had never seen a moon shine brighter than it did on the 3 nights we spent under the Minaret Mountain Range. All the lunar flares in this video are real and unaltered, I only did minor color/brightness correction to each clip. With about 60 pounds of equipment each, it was quite the workout climbing up to 14,000 feet and camping at 3 different lakes while hiking a 25 + mile loop in 4 days. We camped at Shadow Lake on the night of the full moon and didn’t need flashlights to walk around at night as the entire landscape was lit up like it was daytime. It was a truly awe-inspiring trip that couldn’t be diminished by my severe altitude sickness that I struggled with. I will never forget the majestic light that illuminated the mountains during those nights under the stars in the high southern Sierras.
Assisted by: Matt Karpinksi
Original song ‘Under the Minarets’ by: Jeni Ivey
Filmed/Edited by: Sean Michael Williams
Special Thanks to: Matt Karpinski, Jeni Ivey and Shawn Fanning
Canon 5D mkIII
Canon L series 2.8 16-35 mm, Canon 1.4 50 mm, Canon 85mm Prime
Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod
Velo Intervelometer
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