Nature TIME-LAPSE

Arriving in the Victoria West area on our first day of our timelapse trip to the Karoo South Africa, we were anxious to scout some locations to get shooting as soon as possible. It was now evident that there was indeed a heatwave passing through the country...

As soon as we decided where to shoot first, we didn’t waste any time to unpack our equipment. I don’t think we realized just how much gear we had until we started hiking up these rocky hills, solar panel and all! It took several hikes to get everything up to the spot where we wanted to shoot. And once the shooting started, it didn’t stop.

We had two cameras firing away, mostly one on a Shukuma DOLLY and one on a Shukuma MINI. Much planning is required for any timelapse shots, keeping various factors in consideration and this was no different. I always try to set up at least one dolly for nighttime shooting while there is still sufficient light. It can be quite challenging to set up in the dark, especially when working in uneven terrain and with one camera already exposing. And now try to make your way back to camp...

On day four we made our way towards De Aar, almost failing to reach our next stop. There were so many spots next to the road to set up a shot, so we did just that. People were so concerned that they would stop to check if everything was okay. Perhaps they thought we had vehicle problems or perhaps they thought we were just plain crazy for being out in the sun like this!!

The days were hot and nights were windy, often stormy. Irregular cloud activities and sudden wind direction changes sure kept things interesting and unpredictable. It was sometimes difficult to know in which direction a storm was moving so I would take the risk to set up my camera to shoot throughout the night, not knowing if I’ll be forced to stop the shot.

During one night the wind was blowing like crazy and I was concerned about the camera and lens being so close to the ground. When I got out of the tent there was dust everywhere! As I got back to put all the equipment away, I was barley in the tent when the first raindrops started to fall!

We then slowly made our way to the Strydenburg area and came across an abandoned house. On top of that, there was some serious storms brewing all around us. If we had five cameras here they would all be shooting simultaneously in a different direction. The scenes were incredible!!

At one point there was an 18 hour period passing by and my camera didn’t stop shooting for more than 30min.

After seven nights in the Karoo we came back with a total of about 25 minutes of timelapse footage. Trying to compile this into a song which is less than 4 minutes is simply impossible...

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
My wife:
For helping me carry all the heavy equipment!
For helping me planning shots and setting up.
And for always making me laugh!
Also for documenting the trip via Instagram - instagram.com/jonellelouw

Music:
Journey - by Michael Montes - itunes.apple.com/us/album/filmscores/id378986556

Equipment:
Shukuma DOLLY - timelapsesa.co.za/dolly/shukuma-dolly
Shukuma MINI - timelapsesa.co.za/dolly/shukuma-mini
Merlin telescope head

Software:
Adobe Lightroom
LRTimelapse - lrtimelapse.com

My Saviour:
Glory to God for blessing me with a talent to share His almighty creations with others!
Keeping us safe on the roads and blessing us with the beautiful landscapes.

And thank you to everyone out there enjoying this short timelapse film and sharing it with others ;-)

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