Lonely Planet Writer

See the beauty of Australia and New Zealand in this time lapse video

Incredible time-lapse footage has captured the stunning beauty of Australia and New Zealand.

The spectacular footage charts one photographer’s travels throughout the two countries and features clouds rolling through the mountains, epic lightning strikes and beautiful sunsets. Other shots show the shimmering lakes and greenery of New Zealand, the sea rolling into the rocks and an idyllic-looking river flowing fast past the lush banks.

The mesmerising video was taken by photographer and 19-year-old university student Callum Mackie from Melbourne, Australia. “At the moment I have only travelled to every state in Australia and New Zealand,” he says. “In the near future, I have plans on visiting Canada and Iceland. My favourite place I’ve ever visited would have to be the Fox Glacier In New Zealand. I hiked on the glacier and it is just incredible, as Australia doesn’t have many tall mountains or snow so I was just in total awe.”

Time-lapse footage has captured the stunning beauty of Australia and New Zealand. Image by Callum Mackie/mediadrumworld.com

Callum says he loves photography because you are able to freeze a moment to look back on and relive. This is truer when it comes to shooting on film, he says, since you get the feeling of waiting for a roll of film to be developed as seeing the results. “I wish more people would shoot film just for that. You never really know how the roll will turn out and it’s the best feeling when you get an incredible shot on film.”

Callum has been travelling his whole life as his mother wanted him to see all of Australia. He got into photography when his dad gave him an old film SLR camera after he turned 12. He posts all his shots to his Instagram but revealed it’s not all plain sailing being a landscape photographer. “Being a landscape photographer certainly has it difficulties, particularly the weather,” he explains. “There are many risks. These range from avoiding aggressive snakes to falling down cliffs.

“Probably the most dangerous situation recently was when I went to a sand dune just after sunset with two of my friends to get a picture of the Milky Way over the sand dune. On the hike back to the car we got lost and couldn’t find the exit. We were looking for the exit for a good half hour before we found it, which was lucky as we didn’t pack any food or water and our phones were out of battery.” For more information see www.callummackie.net

By Mark McConville/mediadrumworld.com