Gorgeous Landscape Time-lapse Created Over 1 Year and with 17,000 Photos

Director and photographer Jess Dunlap spent all of 2012 creating the 4-minute time-lapse video above, titled Monolation. It comprises over 17,000 gorgeous landscape photographs, and features beautiful camera movements that make it feel as though you’re looking around and watching the world pass in fast motion.

In terms of gear, Dunlap used a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for the vast majority of shots, with the rest being captured through a Sigma 10-20mm.

Locations seen in the video include Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Convict Lake, June Lake, Mono Lake, Simi Valley, and Owens Valley.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photographs showing the rig Dunlap used:




You can find more of Dunlap’s work over on her website.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the background track is The Haunted Ocean by artist Max Richter.

Image credits: Video and photographs by Jess Dunlap

  • Daniel Lowe

    Jess just solved a problem for me.. using a ball head to correct the tilt when using the telescope mount + Dynamic Perception dollly. Thanks for posting!

  • Heath Hurwitz

    You can also use a monopod mount. Level the DP0 front to back, and then use the monopod to adjust for the slope of the move. The monopod head will keep the Merlin mount closer to the DP0 dolly. My 2 cents.

  • Penchan Ujjin

    deep and solf for jess….like this!

  • Samcornwell

    Good golly gosh, this wouldn’t look out of place on a BBC wildlife documentary.

  • Peter Smolinski

    just wondering how the shots at 1 minute mark were created, it’s the up to the top of the mountain view, with camera view moving up…thanks, anyone

  • Pedro

    Amazing work

  • Ralph Neumann

    My guess is that it’s not a mountain, just a decaying tree stump.

  • Kidw/acamera

    How did you time the time-lapse motion with each shot? All telescope mounts that I have used so far want to move even while the shot is taking place. This doesn’t work too well for shots requiring a longer exposure. How did you overcome this obstacle? Does the motor you use stop for each shot? If so, what motor are you using?

  • Pat

    Fastest 4 minutes ever. This is absolutely wonderful!! I want to see all of your work so I’m going to your website and spend all the time it takes…Loved it!!!

  • seeafish

    Hair raising. Loved every second.

  • agour

    It’s using a dynamic perception MX2 controller. It stops moving the motor when the camera is taking photos :)

  • agour

    It was a really nice vid, however a few of the shots were setup wrong. The pans pausing and starting again weren’t very nice to watch.

    But, I did really enjoy it, nice work! :)