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Au Naturale – Gorgeous Timelapse of Hong Kong’s Naturescape

By Localiiz 26 August 2014
August 26th 2014 Do you need a break from all of the Hong Kong cityscape videos floating around lately? Well luckily for you our Video of the Week is a mellow escape from the concrete side of our lovely city. Produced by photography and videography hobbyist Francis So, his video ‘Seen By My Eyes’ is a different take on Hong Kong, focusing on the natural side of our island paradise. Localiiz chats with So about the process behind creating his masterpiece.   After seeing a time-lapse of the New Zealand countryside, So was inspired to create one of Hong Kong. “I believed that I could make a time-lapse with the beautiful natural landscapes of Hong Kong, so I set myself a one year project to collect the scenes of Hong Kong, like sunrises, sunsets, sea of clouds and starscapes,” So tells Localiiz. So travelled all around Hong Kong, to locations including Sunset Peak, Tai Mo Shan, Po Toi Island, Shek O, Hong Kong Astropark, and the East and West Dam of High Island Reservoir, to capture all of these amazing shots. In total, it took a year to shoot the footage and two weeks to edit. Clearly, creating a time-lapse is no walk in the park. “I spent a lot of time during shooting, waiting for the sunrise and capturing the starry night. It’s very time consuming, as three hours of shooting only produces 15-seconds of video. The weather is also very unpredictable, making me lose entire days worth of possible footage,” So explains. Thankfully, patience is his virtue! It’s his hope that with this video, he’ll help preserve a piece of Hong Kong’s natural side if urban development were to expand to the countryside. “Hong Kong is one of the top metropolis’ of the world, so development cannot be avoided.” View more of So’s brilliant work on his YouTube channel. Got anything cool you'd like Localiiz to share? Send us your stuff!


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