Chasing Ice: Time-Lapse Photography Documents Melting Glaciers


Art and science merge as Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term photography endeavor, wins an Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for their documentary, Chasing Ice. The film is currently screening at SXSW. Read on to find out more about the time-lapse project and how you can make similar videos with the LomoKino.

How does EIS give a “visual voice” to our ever-changing planet?

Guided by the recommendations of glaciologists, in 2007 the EIS team installed its time-lapse cameras at sites that represent regional conditions and have high scientific value. Typically these cameras are anchored on cliff faces above the glaciers. It took six months of experimenting to come up with a camera system sturdy and reliable enough for our purposes. We use Nikon D200 digital single-lens reflex cameras powered by a custom-made combination of solar panels, batteries and other electronics. The cameras are protected by waterproof and dustproof Pelican cases, mounted on Bogen tripod heads, and secured against arctic and alpine winds by a complex system of anchors and guy wires. Each unit weighs more than 100 pounds. Solar panels collect power that is stored in batteries; customized controllers trigger the cameras only when there is sufficient light. Downloads of digital images occur as frequently as every few months or as rarely as once a year, depending on how remote a site might be.

Watch this short promo clip by the Extreme Ice Survey:

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The film should serve as an eye-opener to all of us to treat the planet better. We have all contributed to the pollution and exploitation of the environment so we should take it upon ourselves to fix it as well.

Make your own environmental time-lapse videos with the LomoKino! You may not have enough film to keep shooting for years but you can try a smaller scale version of shooting with just one or a few: go to your favourite local nature scenery (beach, mountain, forest, garden, etc.), pick the perfect spot, frame your shot, stand still, and start rolling! You can capture a few minutes of that scene and move on to the next one and make your own video that calls on others to preserve that oasis in your town.

Proof that art and science can work together!

Catch “Chasing Ice” at SXSW. Visit Extreme Ice Survey to find out more about the project.

Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!

written by denisesanjose on 2012-03-13 #news #digital #nikon #time #photography #environment #global-warming #sxsw #time-lapse #lomokino #extreme-ice-survey


  1. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    love it

  2. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    They should have..... slowed down the clips... and made it longer... then I wouldn't feel sick physically after watching it and just feel sick emotionally after watching it.

  3. denisesanjose
    denisesanjose ·

    @fivedayforecast: The video above is only the trailer/promo for "Chasing Ice," not the full-length feature. :-)

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