Dramatic Wyoming Weather & Landscape Time-Lapse Complete with Meteor Shower

I don’t think we’ve referred to a time-lapse as “dramatic” before, but when it comes to photographer Nicolaus Wegner‘s most recent time-lapse creation, no other word fits quite as well.

Captured over 14 months in the Wyoming wilderness, beautiful motion landscape sequences are juxtaposed masterfully with weather that he calls ‘terrorific’ — terrifying, horrific and terrific all rolled into one — in Wegner’s Wyoming Wildscapes II.

The ‘fun facts’ behind this one include the following:

  • 14 months of shooting from the first press of the shutter to the final render
  • ~150 days spent driving, backpacking, shooting, and exploring in Wyoming
  • 20,000 miles driven — the majority of them chasing storms.
  • 100+ miles hiked while carrying a 75-80lbs backpack bulging with time-lapse gear
  • A total of 125,000 stills come together for a total of 75 sequences!
  • Four 1TB harddrives (six plus backups) packed to the gills by the end


And those are only a selection of the facts he shares about the video on his website. There were also countless hours of editing, and hardships experienced while out shooting including: almost getting hit by lightning a couple of times, dealing with frozen (literally, frozen) and broken gear, and other trials and tribulations he decided to keep to himself.

Check out the video for yourself by clicking play up top (you wont’ regret it…) and then, if you’d like to learn more about this time-lapse or see more of Wegner’s work, be sure to head over to his website by clicking here.

(via DPReview)

P.S. As you might imagine, there was a part one to this saga. It was uploaded a year ago and also earned the honor of being called a Vimeo Staff Pick. Check it out below:

  • Chrisf24

    wow!!! great work!

  • Island In The Sky

    Meteor shower? Those streaks of light in the video? Are you serious? Those had to be lights from aircraft. If a meteor shower was projected in the time-lapse speed they would have been shown to be moving MUCH faster.

  • Nicolaus Wegner

    Aircraft, satellites, and meteorites actually. There are dozens of meteorites in the night scenes. In fact, there is a meteorite exploding in the atmosphere during the Teton night scene (around 2:56-2:57), although the time lapse is sped up and it goes by fairly quickly.

    There are also quite a few planes, and a bunch of satellites. Joys of taking photos in low light areas of this part of the country. You see and capture it all.

    Also, this video runs at 24fps, plus several of the night scenes are sped up considerably faster. Everything is going to be VERY fast, even the planes and satellites go by in the blink of an eye.

  • EagleHeart

    is the jerky frame rate in certain spots of the images just me and my crappy computer?

  • Richard Gottardo

    Awesome work! Can I ask what kind of motion control equipment you used? I’m trying to put some together… but there are too many options – most out of my price range

  • Nicolaus Wegner

    To be honest, I’m trying not to talk about my slider too much. Get asked this a lot, but have had issues with the slider and control system. Maybe I’m harder on the gear than most, but for what I paid, it shouldn’t be such fickle equipment. Maybe check out some kickstarter funded sliders?

  • Andy D

    I feel like someone just blew cocaine onto my retinas. Beyond incredible! We thank you for enduring all those hardships to put this together. This planet is amazing.

  • Eric Pare

    Ok I watched it. Again. And saw different things. This is incredible stuff. hmm ::))

  • David

    Mindblowing. Absolutely great work and a pleasure to watch.