Slovakia is a small country - but its natural wonders are countless. From majestic mountains to about 2,000 caves, there is all you can imagine. While Slovak nature might not be known internationally and many of us living here haven't visited all the "must see" places, Slovak filmmaker Majo Chudý is dedicated to documenting some of the country's most beautiful landscapes. Majo's work is showcasing different parts of Slovakia and always featuring fascinating shots: it was difficult to choose just one film - but the process behind Few Moments 3 made it a clear choice:
For this video I travelled around Slovak national parks, in a one full year period, I walked more than 10,000 km and hiked more than 16,000 height meters on the hiking trails. I took pictures of more than 40,000 photographs. The video consists of approximately 16,000 shots.
The result is overwhelming. One can enjoy sheer mountain views, green forests, warm sunrise colours, misty landscapes and night skies in a single film. The author created the shots throughout the year, ensuring that we can relive all four seasons to their fullest. What's even better, Majo added the location of each place: this is the best way to plan your visit or hike to places like Chopok, Poľana, Ďumbier or Martinské hole!
The "Few Moments" series has currently 3 episodes. His other videos about Slovakia feature the Little Carpathians, Rozsutec and the Terchová. Majo's another notable project focus flowers blooming in a long process of capturing the same scene for long hours. All of this happens using time-lapse technology, a photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames that record changes taking place slowly over time. Showing the frames at normal speed results, the movement seem to be fast. Majo speaks about his passion for time-lapses being the initial inspiration behind becoming a photographer and filmmaker:
In 2013 I fell in love with time-lapse technology, when I fully dedicated myself to landscape photography.
Photographing nature and land means to me constantly challenging my abilities and capabilities. Get to a place where a random tourist cannot and especially in time when he/she cannot. It creates ideal combination of unique environment and weather conditions for catching the unique moment.
All these efforts are clearly visible in Few Moments 3. In this calming sequence, you will see authentic underwater shots, foggy valleys as well as get to see Slovakia's famous unusually shaped rock called Zbyňovský budzogáň - all of this throughout all periods of the day and all seasons. The different places and scenes are craftily made and connect smoothly. The only detail that could be distracting for the viewer are the visual effects that appear in some of the parts.
You will notice how is the light becoming warm, how are the clouds clearing; you will see both star trails and city lights. It's almost like being at the spot. Majo's short film is a perfect teaser and travel inspiration. Enjoy it!
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Diana is a photographer interested in questions of identity. She seeks smaller stories that tell more about the whole, investigating the daily life of different groups and communities.