New time-lapse video showcases beauty of Qatar’s Zekreet

A Qatar resident has spent a year producing a stunning time-lapse video of the desert at Zekreet on the country’s west coast.

Croatian expat Vedran Strelar moved to Qatar in 2011, and since then has been a regular visitor to the area, often camping overnight.

Strelar told Doha News that he decided to produce the video to make residents more aware of what the area has to offer:

“Many of my friends here would ask me if photos I took in Zekreet were actually taken here in Qatar,” he said.  “This encouraged me to make a video that would introduce the Zekreet area to residents.”

Zekreet is characterized by limestone “mushrooms” and cliffs, and home to Film City, Zekreet Fort and Richard Serra’s towering “East-West/West-East” sculptures.

Painstaking work

Strelar said that in order to make the film, he visited the area many times over the course of one year.

And last stop for today. Clouds are gone 😧😭 #sunset #timelapse #desert #qatar #sonya7r2

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During each visit, he would put cameras in different locations and set them to take pictures for hours.

Many were mounted on rails so that the shot would move very gradually.

Strelar said he tried to choose timings when things in the area might “move” to make the video more interesting:

“For day time-lapses, I was waiting for the days when there were more clouds in the sky. For the night shots, it’s good to avoid light from the moon, therefore I would usually wait for a new moon period, when there is no moonlight so I can get a great view of the Milky Way,” he said.

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