‘Helvetia’s Dream’ takes you on a nighttime journey to some of the most beautiful spots in the Swiss Alps – from Arosa to Zermatt, including the world famous mountains Matterhorn and Eiger.

Helvetia’s Dream from Alessandro Della Bella on Vimeo.

Please pay special attention to the following scenes:
@0:46 watch the persistent train of a bright meteor above Tijerflue Mountain in Arosa, December 2010, which was visible for about 20 minutes. A slow motion effect is applied for better visibility of the shooting star and its trail of ‘smoke’, which consists of ionized gas left behind as the meteor burns up in the atmosphere.
@1:14 clouds above Lake Geneva steam up the lens.
@1:36 on the very left: Climbers step into the unpredictable Eiger Nordwand.
@1:44 the Milky Way rises above the ‘Donkey’ rock on Pilatus.
@1:58 snowcats nearby cause the lighting of the summit cross on Fronalpstock Mountain. (Snowcat lights usually spoil time-lapse)
@2:21 the wind changes the reflection of Säntis Mountain in the Seealpsee.
@2:35 three settings showing orbits of stars. This is an alternative technique to display the movement of stars by sequentially adding the luminosity of each exposure. The result is basically a long exposure with a large aperture.
@2:49 the waxing new moon, not full moon, setting over Pilatus.

For the “making of” information and photo gallery check out the project website helvetiabynight.com.

Category: Weekend

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2 Responses to “Helvetia’s Dream”

  1. eddiebe says:

    Nice video, but the music could have been more along traditional lines instead of american import rock. Unfortunate.
    Helvtia has retreated into disappearing mountain retreats where the romanticised image of her is barely kept alive in the hearts and minds of a few in this age of mechanization and over-population.

  2. laturb says:

    Sorry. Completely underwhelmed by this sixth form project.
    How many times do you see this attempt to create a software rendition of natural beauty when what you really need to do is be there, or somewhere, anywhere, and breath in deeply and exhale slowly, and wonder at the creation at your feet.
    Oh, and hat-tip to Eddiebe, the music was crap!