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The Beauty of Greenland: A 4K Tour of the Midnight Sun

In April 2016 I featured a video of one of my favorite places on Earth: Lofoton, Norway by the brilliant filmmaker, Dennis Schmelz. Well, Schmelz is back at it again, this time with The Beauty of Greenland in glorious 4K.Places like Greenland are revered with photographers and videographers alike for their stunning vistas and fjords, but also for their unparalleled light. Everything seems that much crisper, sharper, and cleaner; this comes across beautifully in this video. Sailing through the midnight sun would be a memorable experience for anyone and in July 2017, that's what Schmelz did.

The gear list is surprisingly modest given the grandiose nature of the video. There are of course lots of sweeping drone shots which were created using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the DJI Mavic. The camera used is the Sony Alpha a6500 with a Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS and Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS and a Zhiyun Crane v2 Handheld Gimbal. Given the quality of Schmelz creations I always expect more of an eye-watering selection of kit but I am then always pleasantly surprised. It really goes to show that you can shoot beautiful travel videos with as professional a feel as one can reasonably expect, without offloading tens of thousands of dollars to do so.

You can see more of Schmelz' work on Instagram or on his Facebook page with some great behind-the-scenes clips and previews of upcoming work.

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Anonymous's picture

I need to stop watching these things. They just don't do it for me. 😶

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Those drone shots on the water are very impressive. It's pretty crazy how much detail they can get. If only I could justify purchasing one for reasons other than flying it around the woods.

I appreciate how the video shows the people who live there. Sometimes we forget that there's a culture that exists in these beautiful foreign lands and a lot of times there just as worth visiting for the people.

C K's picture

ugly editing - scenes too short on many segments, trying to time with music was way overkill, pretty much ruined what the video was supposed to be about.