California is such a stunningly gorgeous place

I'm biased because I grew up in California so it'll always be home to me but I'll always be a little jealous of people who aren't from here, just for the opportunity to be able to see it for the first time with brand new eyes. It's such a big state that there are so many different faces of beauty.


You can fall in love with completely different parts. The time lapse was filmed by Hal Bergman, who wrote:

My goal was to cram all of the visually stunning things about the entire state, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to wilderness and national parks, into four minutes. I intended to use as a pitch for work from the California Board of Tourism, but now I'm sharing it publicly.

The average clip took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. Several cuts are from clips more than 24 hours long. I shot 423 clips over four years to make this, but the majority of the 67 clips ultimately used were shot in the last 12 months.


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Fun fact: the mountain scene in the opening gif is where Ansel Adams made his famous photo Clearing Winter Storm. It appeared in his book Yosemite and the Range of Light.

Funner fact: John Muir poetically called the Sierra Nevada mountains the "Range of Light". Adams' use of the name in the title of his book relates the mountains and photographic exposure.