Rocky Mountain Nights – A Time-Lapse Collage
By: Alan Dyer
Tags: Alan Dyer, Alberta, astrophotography, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park, Bow Falls, Bow River, Columbia Icefields, Dynamic Perception, eMotimo, Full Moon, Jasper National Park, Milky Way, Mt. Edith Cavell, nightscape, Radian, Rocky Mountains, Stage R, Stage Zero, time-lapse, twilight, Waterfowl Lakes, Waterton Lakes National Park
My new 4-minute video presents time-lapse and still images shot in the Rockies this past summer.
It’s been a busy summer for shooting. Since July I’ve spent a week each in Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks shooting nightscape stills and time-lapse videos of Alberta’s famous Rocky Mountain landscapes by night.
This compilation includes some of the best footage, plus some panned still images, set to a wonderful piece of royalty-free (i.e. legal!) music by Adi Goldstein.
For many of the sequences I employed “motion control” (MoCo) devices that incrementally move the cameras during the one to three hours that they are taking the 200 to 450 frames needed for a time-lapse sequence.
I used the compact single-axis Radian, the 2-axis eMotimo, and the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly, now equipped with their new Stage R single-axis panning unit. This was the first summer with the eMotimo and Stage R, so I’m still learning their best settings for speed, angles, and ramping rates.
In recent blogs you’ve seen many still images shot as part of these sequences, or with other cameras dedicated to shooting stills. Now you get to see some of the time-lapse videos that represent many nights of shooting, and many hours sitting in the car waiting for the automated camera gear to finish its shooting task.
Time-lapse shooting is an exercise in dedication and self-denial!
I hope you enjoy the result. Do click on the Enlarge button to go full-screen. Or visit my Vimeo site to watch the video, and others, there.
– Alan, September 10, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer