Exploring Wild California with Timelapse Photography

California has many incredible attractions; photographers are rarely caught with nothing to photograph. Take the following timelapse video, for example. Photographer Michael Shainblum, a California native, has spent a lifetime exploring the natural beauty of the western state and a year collecting all the footage you see in Into the Atmosphere:

As you may know, timelapse is a photography technique that is accomplished by compiling thousands of photographs together to make a moving picture. Into the Atmosphere is the product of 12,400 still images. If that sounds like a lot, take into consideration that Shainblum started with 75,000 images to choose from.

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A lot of the pan movements you see throughout the timelapse are made using a Dynamic Perception Dolly which is motor-controlled and helps to automate the the task with a camera trigger. Shainblum also utilized a motion control robot made by eMotimo, to help insure smooth transitions and changes.

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It’s not just the tedious hours spent going through, curating, and editing the final images. Michael Shainblum also adds:

“There is a common misconception about timelapse shooters that we quickly set up cameras and go sleep in the car for hours at a time, which is far from the truth. We are constantly hiking heavy equipment through dangerous areas and spending time camping in uncomfortable situations…”

For Further Training on Timelapse Photography:

There is a complete guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: The Timelapse Photography Guide

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