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Watch a staggeringly beautiful time-lapse video of Yosemite National Park

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If you've ever visited California's Yosemite National Park, then you have an appreciation for how absurdly majestic its scenery is. You also know how difficult it can be to encapsulate that majesty when describing it to others; somehow, adjectives like "breathtaking" don't even begin to describe it.

For years, I've referred to Ansel Adams' iconic photographs of Yosemite when describing the Park to friends who have never been. Now, I have this video to show them, as well. Feast your eyes on Project Yosemite — a time-lapse, HD tribute to some of the most jaw-dropping wilderness on Earth.


io9 spoke to the video's creators — photographers Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty — about how the project came together.


"Sheldon shot a video called Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney, and I contacted him because I wanted to know how hard it was to backpack with a 6 foot dolly," said Delehanty. "He convinced me it wasn't that bad, so I bought one from Dynamic Perception and we planned a trip soon after. Without Dynamic Perception this project wouldn't have been achievable on our budget." The two continue:

For this project we planned to shoot on top of Half Dome at night because very few people would ever go up there at that time, let alone bring a 6 foot aluminum rail and their camera gear to do time-lapses. We wanted to create something that had never been done before. Something special that would put Yosemite in the spotlight.


For those of you wondering, the song in the video is "Outro" by M83, off the album "Hurry up, We're Dreaming."

Visit the Project Yosemite website to learn more, and be sure to follow the links below to check out more incredible work from Neill and Delehanty.


Colin Delehanty: Website | vimeo | 500px
Sheldon Neill: Website | vimeo | 500px