"Dark Skies of Utah” was captured by 11 photographers that attended one of two Timelapse Moab Workshops that took place last month in southeastern Utah. What is even more amazing is that most of these photographers had never shot or processed timelapse before this workshop, and many of these timelapses were actually captured after just 1 or 2 days of instruction. Two of the workshop participants, Gustaf and Brendon, came to the workshop with prior timelapse experience - and created spectacular timelapses that featured movement and depth using their motion control dollies and heads.
At the workshop we have eMotimo.com 2-axis Motion Control Pan & Tilt Heads, along with the DynamicPerception.com Stage One Dollies. We teach you how to combine these to create a powerful, yet simple to use, 3-axis dolly system for timelapse. Taking things even further we have on hand TimelapsePlus.com advanced timelapse controllers that features an integrated light sensor. Why is this important? Because it allows the Timelapse+ to automatically bulb ramp from sunset through to the next sky (i.e. Milky Way).
Our late May and Early June workshops were planned around the new moon. Knowing that the new moon only lasts a couple of days, I positioned the second workshop after the new moon so that on the last three days of the workshop we would have a small quarter moon setting about 60-120 minutes after sunset. By planning for some moon light we were able to capture timelapses that included the landscape before the moon set, which helps to give perspective of location to the viewer. I call these shots “midnight sun” since to the viewer they look like daylight - with the exception of the stars in the sky. On the nights where there was no moonlight we brought along lighting to light foreground subjects (Arches & Trees).
The final film includes over 40 timelapses captured with a variety of cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, and Panasonic - and even one with a GoPro - in various parks in southeast Uah.. Each timelapse is made up of hundreds of high-resolution still frames that are then turned into a motion video using software such as LRTimelapse and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Workshop Sponsors: Dynamic Perception, eMotimo, Timlepase +,LensProToGo, and TetherTools