Volkswagen’s Tiguan model was first released in 2007 and is built on the Golf platform It’s a small sized SUV intended more for regular use rather than extreme offroad driving, but very well suited for Swedish winter conditions. This year, 2016 will be the last year of production for the first generation of the Tiguan.
In 2011, we produced a time-lapse film featuring a Volkswagen Tiguan car. The Idea was to have the car standing for a few days and nights exposed to the shifting weather and light conditions during the Swedish Winter. The occurrences were recorded in a time-lapse film. All footage was shot using a digital SLR camera primarily intended for still photography but adapted for PL-Mount Cine lenses. All the images, more than 15 000 exposures in total are captured in camera raw format has the quality of a stand alone still-image The images below are some outtakes from the original footage. They have then been reprocessed to work as still images leaving their original intention behind; To be viewed in a fraction of a second.
Road Z 531 in Härjedalen connects Ljungdalen to Funäsdalen. The road passes the mountain plateau Flatruet, at the highest point it reaches 975 meters above sea level making it the highest-altitude public road in Sweden. To enter the unpaved road leading over the mountain, you need to pass a gate. At night and during severe weather conditions, the road is closed. The terrain on the vast mountain plateau is completely flat, and there is no higher vegetation. The only thing that obstructs the view of the surrounding mountains is a power line that goes next to the road together with some small houses and fences used by the Sami’s for reindeer herding.
From the beginning we knew that the weather would be the deciding factor for the outcome of this project. Total grey overcast would give us rather bland time-lapse film. Snowfall would cover the car and ice down lenses. Clear blue sky is also far from ideal in you are aiming an intriguing image.
Since the location is high altitude and very exposed there was also the possibility of to strong winds which would mean that we would need to abort. Taking all those factors into account we still believed that this location would give the most interesting film if all elements would fall into their place.