RIMU

 
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Tree Stats

Height 40m
Circumference 4.3m
Elevation 387m asl
Aspect North East
Location Pureora National Park, North Island

Image stats

Original Images 42
Editing hours 145
Revisions 3
Dimensions 120x55cm @ 300 dpi
File size (editing) 22gb
File size (final) 2.1Gb
Photoshop layers 86

Honor Role

Dr Katherine Kirby
Andrew Harrison
Mitchell Botting
Fiona Clarkson
Rachel Nepia
Tim Sharp
James Kilpatrick

 

 

Dacrydium cupressinum

The centre piece of the NZ Tree Project is a portrait of a majestic rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum), created by stitching together over 60 photos that were taken over a period of 4 weeks in Pureora Forest. We used a specialised camera rig that ran the entire 40m height of the tree. The end result is a never-seen-before, extraordinarily high quality, high resolution image from a level view point without distortion.

Work commenced in Pureora Forest Park in early March 2015 and we were blessed to have a warm welcome from local iwi, who provided incredible support during our stay. The initial set up period was a lively time with eight of us working tirelessly to get all the equipment in place, including our main camera rig which took four professional tree climbers three days to install. The main camera rig ran the entire 40m height of the subject tree, which allowed us to take the series of photos that created the Rimu Portrait.

 
 
 
 
 

DOCUMENTARY

While working on the Rimu Portrait in Pureora Forest, our team were inspired and moved by the stories that were shared with us. Not many people know about the incredible and dramatic events that have taken place in Pureora so we decided to make a short documentary to capture the amazing natural and human history of this area.

"On the Shoulders of Giants" shares the raw perspectives of loggers, iwi, scientists and conservationists as it journeys through the Pureora story of forest discovery, degradation and then protection before finishing on a high from the tree tops with never-seen-before footage from New Zealand’s forest canopy.

The goal of this documentary is to share some of the wonder we experienced in Pureora Forest in hopes that more people will visit and protect our unique natural areas. We hope you enjoy!

 


 

HOW WE DID IT

Work commenced in Pureora Forest Park in early March 2015 and we were blessed to have a warm welcome from local iwi, who provided incredible support during our stay. The initial set up period was a lively time with eight of us working tirelessly to get all the equipment in place, including our main camera rig which took four professional tree climbers three days to install. The main camera rig ran the entire 40m height of the subject tree, which allowed us to take the series of photos that created the Rimu Portrait.

Another exciting aspect of the project was the unique time-lapse footage that we captured with interesting perspectives. We custom-designed a 50m long cable-cam that we suspended from various places in the forest. Using the Syrp Genie (ingenious hardware that moved the cable-cam platform along the cables) we were able to capture both time-lapse and video footage. The team went to incredible lengths to install the cable-cam into far reaching parts of the forest. It took three days to set up the cable-cam between the canopy of one emergent tree to another, 40m off the ground and covering a total span 35m!

We also interviewed scientists, protestors, former loggers and local iwi for our documentary that showcases the natural beauty and importance of the forest. This work shares the unique social history and ecological importance of Pureora, a forest not only rich in diversity and wildlife, but one that played a pivotal role in the conservation of forests all throughout New Zealand.

We had the most incredible time in Pureora Forest and would like to thank all of the amazing people who helped to make this project happen.