Photographers Get Nocturnal for a Week to Capture Impressive Death Valley Motion Time-Lapse

It took a week of sleepless nights and a whole lot of Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy shots, but the duo of photographers behind Tree Speed Photo managed to get through it in order to capture this, dare we say ‘epic,’ motion time-lapse in Death Valley.

Dubbed Ghosts of Death Valley, the 4K time-lapse was shot from inside abandoned cars, train cars and buildings, the camera occasionally turning on their own motion gear to add a special meta touch.

The final product will make you want to pack up your stuff, rent what you don’t have, and head to Nevada for a quality experimentation with time-lapse photography and legal stimulants.

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Gear-wise, the trip required Dynamic Perception Stage zero and one dollies, a Celestron SkyWatcher pan/tilt head, two Canon 5D MKIII’s, two Canon 6Ds, a Nikon D600, a Fuji X-T1 and a slew of wide-angle and fisheye Rokinon, Tokina and Tamron lenses.

Check out the video at the top to see what all this gear and a week of sleep deprivation yielded, and then head over to the Tree Speed Photo website for some awesome behind the scenes shots.

Oh, and if your excuse for not attempting something like this is that you’re not near anything as picturesque as Death Valley, keep in mind that the Tree Speed Photo team is from Omaha, NE. They just make sure trips like this happen.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • Mr Hogwallop

    Please go back to using “mind-blowing” and “awesome” Epic has lost it’s inpact.
    Nice TL tho!

  • 4dmaze

    Rhyolite is not in Death Valley. Close though.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Ya, I was going to say, NV?

  • Shakil Hussain

    Can anyone please tell me which motion controlled rigs were used in this video?

  • John Sluder

    Gear-wise, the trip required Dynamic Perception Stage zero and one dollies, a Celestron SkyWatcher pan/tilt head

  • JJ Dreier

    Technically Rhyolite isn’t in Death Valley. It’s like a mile outside of Death Valley. That being said, Django and I investigated a couple Ghost Towns in Death Valley, and we thought that Rhyolite was the most interesting, and easilly accessable.

  • Adam Cross

    all that gear but very little in terms of creativity. disappointing. Also, “Celestron SkyWatcher” can’t be accurate, Celestron and Skywatcher are different brands. They either used a mount from both brands or someone’s got some details wrong here.

  • Adam Cross

    Celestron and Skywatcher are different brands, I think someone has some details wrong/mixed up