Using Light in Timelapse Photography

For most photographers, Yosemite National Park will be forever associated with the great Ansel Adams. His iconic images have become a benchmark for landscape photographers worldwide. Technology and techniques have marched on since Adams’s day and one of the most dynamic and visually arresting trends in modern, digital photography is that of the timelapse sequence. In this fantastic video, visual artist Shawn Reeder demonstrates his not inconsiderable talents in the field with his incredible sequences of Yosemite:

The film shows not only Shawn’s great eye for composition but also his understanding of light and shadow.

This project took nearly two years to shoot and is set to a haunting yet perfectly suited soundtrack. If Ansel Adams were alive today, I’m sure he would be impressed.

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“I hope this inspires everyone to get outside and explore the beautiful outdoors, especially magical places like Yosemite National Park and the High Sierra. It’s National Parks week and all of our national parks are free this week, so get outside and explore!”

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2 Comments

  1. Marcial Gonzalez says:

    Hello photographers

  2. Georg Pauwen says:

    Absolutely stunning ! I am kind of curious how you did the panning in combination with the time lapse – did you automate the movement of the crane ?
    Great work !

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