Photographer Freezes His Camera Overnight For Stunning Timelapse

A photographer froze his camera overnight to capture a stunning timelapse video of the night sky in winter.

Landscape and astrophotographer Andrew Imhoff revealed how he froze his Nikon Z6 overnight in Brian’s Head, Utah — where temperatures dropped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit – to shoot the timelapse clip.

Imhoff left his Nikon Z6 outside for over three and a half hours — up until his camera battery died as a result of the freezing cold temperatures.

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However, Imhoff’s risk with his camera paid off when he captured an incredible timelapse video that showcased the movement of the night sky in winter. The clip, amassed over 4.7 million views on TikTok.

“The timelapse shot was taken at an Airbnb cabin in Brian’s Head, Utah that my family and I booked a stay here over the Christmas weekend,” Imhoff tells PetaPixel.

“One of the nights lined up perfectly with the new moon and very little clouds, which helped really showcase the amount of stars you can see with limited light pollution and no moon throughout the night!

“In total, the camera was left outside for roughly three and a half hours before the battery eventually died as temperatures dropped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Imhoff's photograph combines all the star shots from his Timelapse video to create an image of the star trails.
In this image, Imhoff stacked all of his star shots from his Timelapse into one photograph.

Imhoff says that his Nikon Z6 was completely frozen by the end of the shoot and he was concerned that the ice had damaged his camera.

“Once the camera was finished shooting I brought it back inside to the sight of ice building up on almost all surfaces of the camera and lens,” the photographer explains.

“I let it thaw out a little bit and wiped off the melting ice as it softened. After the camera got back up to normal temperatures nothing seemed wrong with it.

“Upon shooting some test shots and investigating, I did not notice any damage to the camera. However, I was very nervous after seeing all the ice build-up!”

More of Imhoff’s work can be seen on Instagram and TikTok.

Image credits: All photos by Andrew Imhoff.