• Kyrgyzstan with Mattia Bicchi

    January 1, 2020

    My name is Mattia Bicchi. I am a professional timelapse and hyperlapse photographer/filmmaker from Italy, however I’ve lived in London for the past seven years. I create Timelapse for big and small films production companies, such as BBC, Ford, Virgin Atlantic, Mulberry and many others.

    In June I spent 17 days in Kyrgyzstan, a country you might have never hear of before (I didn’t till last August). As a Timelapse photographer, I am always looking for new or less touristy places to shoot and Kyrgyzstan it’s definitely one of them. Since mountains cover 90% of the country, the landscape is truly breathtaking. Depending on the region, you can find a wide variety of places, from alpines lakes, rocky deserts, vast valley to huge mountains, its tallest peak is 7,439m.

    I fell in love with the unique landscapes and the kind, welcoming people of Kyrgyzstan.

    Tourism started growing here in the last couple of years, and this country has a real potential to became a top destination for photographers, hikers, back packers and alpine enthusiasts. The tourist facilities are not quite ready for mass tourism like Iceland or Patagonia. However, that’s also the beauty of it. You can be immersed in the culture and the daily lives of the locals.

    During the first part of the trip, I explored the south region around Lenin Peak, Arslanbob and Sary-Chelek. In the second part, I hiked for a few days in the Karakol Valley where I visited Ala-Kul which is an alpine lake at 3.500m and Sary-Jaz Valley close to China’s borders. I was acoompanied by landscape photographers Visit Karakol and Albert Dros. 

    CAMERA BAG: f-stop Loka UL Camera Bag


    I traveled with my trusty f-stop Loka that I’ve owned for almost 5 years. I carryied all my Timelapse kit around Kyrgyzstan, and I put this through quite a bit. We drive off-road with a 4x4, and we went horse riding, and we hiked for days to the best mountain range in Central Asia. We also experienced thunderstorms, snow, and even some sunny weather!

    CLIMBING & RIGGING KIT:

    • Sony A7RIII
    • Sony A7II
    • Samyang 24mm f/2.8
    • Samyang 24mm f/2.8
    • Cannon Lens - 16-35 f/4L, 24-70 f/4L
    • Cannon Lens - 70-200 f/4L
    • Rhino RŌV Pro Traveler
    • Dynamic Perception Stage One

    I shot the Timelapse in 8K, and I used the Sony A7RIII with various Canon lenses, 16-35 f/4L, 24-70 f/4L and 70-200 f/4L. I created the motion with the Rhino RŌV Pro Traveler and the Dynamic Perception Stage One and R.

    To film the Travel Journals, I used the Sony A7III with the Samyang 24mm f/2.8 and the Zhiyun crane M.

    ACCESSORIES:

    I came back with 5TB of data, 42.000 Raw files which I converted into 107 Timelapse pieces. I also made 6 Tavel Journals showing the behind the scene and the travel involved. The editing process of this content took around two months.

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