A Winter’s Tale – My Journey through Siberia

Inspired by some Russian winter fairy tales, I’ve decided to come back aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway to discover the real Siberian winter. I took a similar trip from Beijing to Moscow two years ago in summer, but I’ve always wanted to see these places in the icy cold of the Siberian Winter. And I was not disappointed.

Meeting the nomads in the Mongolian desert, hovering across the world’s biggest and deepest frozen lake, walking the in the streets of Buryatia at -30 degrees Celsius, flying through the steam of the almost frozen Angara river or joining a traditional sleigh ride through the Russian Taiga. All of this made me feel like I was looking into a fairyland which had never existed anywhere apart from dreams. What a miracle! Siberia is something really extraordinary and fascinating.

Our stops: Omsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) – Ulan-Ude – Tarbagata – Ulan Bator and the Mongolian countryside.

The lyrics in the video are based on the opera “The Snow Maiden” from Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov and couldn’t fit better to my images.

Camera: Dennis Schmelz & Christopher Schmid
Edit & Sound Design: Dennis Schmelz
Speaker: Joe Goffeney
Grading: Dennis Schmelz
Title Design: Julius Dürrfeld
Adviser: Claudina Hoff ter Heide
Music: Dan & Adam Skinner (Far From Home)
Lyrics: Parts of “The Snow Maiden” from Nikolai Rimsky‐Korsakov

Filmed on Sony a7S II & Sony a6500
Drone: DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Lenses: Canon 24-70 f/2.8, Canon 70-200 f/2.8, Sony 10-18 f/4 & Sony 35 f/1.8
Gimbal: Zhiyun Crane Plus
Editing Software: Adobe Premiere CC 2019

Thanks to Lernidee Erlebnisreisen (http://www.lernidee.de) for making this trip possible.

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© Dennis Schmelz | 2019

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