One winter afternoon in the Dutch Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve, Paul discovered the still-warm body of a red deer doe. He photographed its eye ‘to capture her fading spirit’. Then he decided to let the camera run overnight. It captured shadows of reeds and a spark of light as the deer’s eye caught the Moon before freezing solid. He was inspired to take more time-lapse images in the reserve, capturing snow shrouding a kingfisher in white and a frozen tree in starlight. The result is a moving tribute to natural rhythms, revealing scenes that otherwise would be impossible to witness.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + range of lenses (14 to 100mm); different interval and dissolve times (1 to 30 seconds); raw files processed in After Effects, sequence edited in Premiere Pro.
Oostvaardersplassen, The Netherlands
Paul Klaver, The Netherlands
Film-maker and nature photographer, Paul played a major role in the making of the first Dutch nature film for the big screen – The New Wilderness – spending two years in the field as a cameraman and working with special time-lapse techniques. He has also produced a short film about the nutrient cycle in southeast Alaska. His aim is to capture the essence of wilderness in his images.