My name is Casper Rolsted. I am a visual artist based in Roskilde, Denmark. Over the last few years I have specialized in timelapse and aerial photography. The goal of my work is to inspire people to follow their passion and to help them expand their consciousness to the beauty around them. I have used my technical skills from a long engineer career together with dedicated research and experimentation with timelapse production to devellop new tecniques that can produce stunning and unique film clips. My film “Undisturbed Norway” was in April 2018 chosen as staff pick on Vimeo and received 145.000 views on Vimeo within the first two weeks.
My passion for nature photography
I grew up close to nature in beautiful area with rivers, lakes, forest and wide open spaces. I used many hours in my childhood exploring the nature and today I often go there for regenerating both mentally and physically. For me it has been the perfect playground and I have never been tired of being there. Nature is always evolving and there are always new things to discover.
My interest for photography began already in my early teenage years with help from an old Petri SLR camera. I used many interesting hours with this hobby – first in the nature shooting landscapes and afterwards in the darkroom processing the photos. I clearly remember the distinct smell of chemicals in the darkroom and the excitement when the final images were reviled on paper in the chemical baths.
The interest for photography have followed me ever since. I even had the privileged to work a few years as engineer with development of digital camera backs for the Danish company Imacon (Today Imacon is merged with Hasselblad).
My first real experience with filmmaking came in the spring 2016 when I acquired a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera and a DJI Phantom 4 drone. Very fast I fell in love with the challenge of making timelapses and aerial photography. In the summer 2016 I drove from Denmark to the North Cape with the purpose of shooting footage for a few short films about the nature in Norway.
After finishing five successful short films with footage from my trip to the North Cape it was time for further explorations with my cameras. In 2017 I had the pleasure to visit both Cinque Terre and Sestri Levante in Italy and Norway in both spring and summer. Norway is amazing for nature photography with its deep blue fjords, snowy mountains and beautiful waterfalls. I am looking forward to returning in 2018.
The Silence Project
In April 2017 I started the Silence Project. Through a series of films I will present nature at its most natural. To fully capture the authentic atmosphere of the places I will combine the visuals with detailed soundscapes. No music or artificial sound effects will be used in the films only the songs from nature’s own sound library. To make the experience as natural as possible both the audio and video will be recorded in some of nature’s most undisturbed places. Further, I will keep the editing as simple as possible without any fancy transitions or other special effects.
This project was born out of love for the undisturbed places in nature. The goal of the project is to share the wonders of nature with as many people as possible and thereby ensuring its protection and enjoyment for generations to come. I plan to accomplish this goal through stunning short films with breathtaking video and audio.
You can see films, hear sounds and read more about the silence project here:
Some films are amazing because they show us the world in a way we all recognize. Others are amazing because they capture the world like we’ve never seen it. My work focuses on the second category. To bring things we normally see as static into life and to show our world from new perspectives. I use timelapse and aerial photography to lift the constraints of time and space and thereby create a profoundly transformative experience for the viewer. To fully capture the authentic atmosphere I combine the visuals with detailed soundscapes.
Feedback from clients and viewers
“This is stunning. I was totally sucked into these shots. Loved the minimal music.” – Meghan Oretsky (Vimeo Staff)
“Casper, you’re absolutely a great time-lapse artist. Every video you release gives us amazing sequences and tips to learn on how to improve our technique.” – Marco Famà (Freelance photographer and founder of Time Lapse Network)
“I watch a lot of time-lapse videos on YouTube and Vimeo but this one really stands out. I was particularly struck by Rolsted’s use of audio throughout the video. The soundtrack complements the scenery well and the ambient sound effects stand out, conveying a sense of place.” – Aneesh Kothari (Fstoppers)
“We absolutely loved the video! Looking forward to more of these, keep up the good work!” – Edelkrone (Manufacturer of camera equipment)
”That was one of the most beautiful, breath-taking films I’ve ever seen. In complete awe. The detail is incredible – as close to being there as you could possibly get. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing your incredible art with the world.” – Ashley Rosenfeld
”This is the most exhilarating video I’ve ever seen. Words fail me. Besides the technic used and the beautiful scenery the fluidity of the motion picture coupled with this amazing orchestra was indeed beautiful to view and to experience. Well done. Bravo Casper Rolsted. Bravo sir.” – Courtney Whittaker
“It is wonderful. The atmosphere, the music and the sounds are perfect. The edition and the compositions are unbeatable. I was amazed by these landscapes that you show. It is a very inspiring work. Congratulations for this work.” – Juan Carlos Cortina
“I can’t comprehend the technique or timeframe or your mindset. But I don’t want to either. I believe you blessed with more than just talent but insight as well. Keep on doing what you do best. I for one am a fan forever. Thank you for sharing your passion. It’s individuals as yourself who inspire and stimulate creative minds. Thank you Squire.” – Courtney Whittaker
“Wow. The way you use sounds instead of music is totally fascinating. The visuals are great too. Love it !” – Yannick Jäger
”Very well done, absolute pleasure to watch – the sound design is really supportive to the shots. The close ups of the blossom is a nice alternation to the landscape and mountain shots!” – Jasper ter Mors
“Calm stunning peaceful and the colours are amazing. A lot of time and effort went into this and it paid off. Great promo for Norway. Excellent work.” – Sean Montgomery
“Brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing” – Michelle Rowe
“You’re truly an inspiration.” – Matthew Amirkhani
“What a time and energy is needed to make such a nice movie about Norway again. I listened with headphone and watched it. Such an amazing experience and felt a bit “homesick” for Norway. Thanks for sharing, Casper!” – Henk Van Zaanen
“It is the landscapes, the sounds, the music, everything so amazing! Thank you Casper Rolsted!” – Pavlos Rizos
“Do you ever stare at a landscape and think, “I could watch this all day.” We certainly have, but sadly, on most occasions, there just isn’t enough time to stand around and watch the clouds float by. There are places to be, things to do, and schedules to keep, which is why this week’s video is so amazing. It captures some of Norway’s most beautiful scenes and condenses them into a simple six-minute clip. There are no four-wheel drives, no motorcycles, no bicycles, not even hikers to distract you—just pure nature passing you by. We encourage you to take these six minutes as a small reset at the end of your week. Take a moment to shut down your cell phone, block out your surroundings, and focus on the beauty of our world. It will take less time than going to grab that next cup of coffee, and hopefully will do a better job of rejuvenating you.” – Chris Cordes (Expedition Portal)
Experience a beautiful timelapse journey through the undisturbed nature of Norway. Nature’s beauty can be so easily missed. It is my hope that this film will contribute to a deeper understanding and gratitude of the natural wonders in our world and to the preservation of our fragile environment in the future.
All shot are made in 2017 were I had the pleasure to travel around Norway two times. First two weeks in May where I had the pleasure to experience the spectacular fruit blossom at the Hardangerfjord, the beautiful Sognefjellet and Hardangervidda covered in snow and the lakes Oldevatnet and Lovatnet with amazing still water. My second trip to Norway was in July where I had three interesting weeks visiting the colourful mountains in Rondane, the snowy mountains in Folgefonna and the deep blue fjord at Geiranger.
My film “Undisturbed Norway” was in April 2018 chosen as staff pick on Vimeo and received 145.000 views on Vimeo within the first two weeks after the releas
Timelapse photos shot
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Follow my travels
In 2016 I went on a 7000 km roadtrip from my home in Denmark and all the way through Norway to the Northcape. This epic journey inspired me to document more of the beautiful nature in Europe with timelapses and aerial photography. So in 2017 I traveled two times to Norway, one time to Italy and one time around in Denmark. My first trip to Norway was a two weeks trip in May where I had the pleasure to experience the spectacular fruit blossom at the Hardangerfjord, the beautiful Sognefjellet and Hardangervidda covered in snow and the lakes Oldevatnet and Lovatnet with amazing still water. In June I was five weeks in Italy where I visited the warm and sunny Cecina in Tuscany then Sestri Levante on the Italian Riviera with the amazing Baia del Silenzio and lastly the area Cinque Terre with five romantic villages. My second trip to Norway was in July where I had three interesting weeks visiting the colourful mountains in Rondane, the snowy mountains in Folgefonna and the deep blue fjord at Geiranger. Finally I had a nice week in Jutland (Denmark) where I visited Skagen and Råbjerg Mile. On Instagram and Facebook you can follow my travels around the world and my work capturing the beauty of nature.
Weeks on the road (2017)
Countries visited (2017)
Kilometers by car (2017)
Feel free to send me an email – if you want to hire me for a project or want to licence footage from my films. You can use the contact form to the right or send me a message through social media.