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This ‘Layer-Lapse’ is a Trippy Visual Journey Through the American Southwest

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A year ago, photographer Julian Tryba was featured by Vimeo after creating a time-lapse of Boston using a technique he dubbed the “layer lapse.” Now he’s back again with the same concept applied to a different subject matter.

Tryba has spent the past few months traveling, shooting, and editing the 2.5-minute video above, titled “Timeless Dreams.” It’s a layer-lapse of the American Southwest.

If you missed Tryba’s work the first time around, a layer-lapse is created by shooting multiple time-lapses of the exact same scene over different times of the day. Tryba then mixes portions of different shots into the same frame, synchronizing the transitions to music.

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For “Timeless Dreams,” Tryba spent three weeks driving 3,000 miles through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. He and Michael Sutton shot time-lapse photos and 4K footage using a Canon 1D C, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 6D, and Canon 7D.

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“Every night we shot sunset and once it got dark we’d find a secluded place to film the stars and sleep for a few hours before the sun came up,” Tryba writes. “We got to see some amazing places, and had some interesting experiences, like when Mike got stung by a scorpion, or when we got a flat tire at an inopportune time. We were hit with a number of snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and some intense wind.”

“Thankfully we made it home unscathed with some awesome memories and a hard drive full of footage.”

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