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BreathTaking Timelapse Video Of The American Wilderness

By Anthony Thurston on October 19th 2013

shane-black-timelapse Over this last summer photographer Shane Black and two of his friends left their jobs to spend a 2 month trip travelling the country taking pictures and teaching workshops. Over the course of that two month trip the team traveled through 32 states, visited 13 national parks, and drove close to 13,000 miles.

It was a trip filled with endless hours cooped up in a van, exploring breathtaking landscapes, sharing stories and laughs..

Due to the amount of driving required on the trip it was a constant exercise in time management as the guys had little time to stop and shoot. Shane states in the description to the video that it was a constant race against the light, something I think that many travel photographers understand.

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According to Shane the processing for the video was done with Lightroom 4, LRTimelapse, and After Effects. He was also kind enough to include a gear list of the gear that the team used to create the video:

Not a bad bit of gear, but not way out there either. A solid setup, and certainly something that any of you could get your hands on to create your own amazing time lapse videos like this. I really enjoy time lapse videos like this one that show the beauty of our country. It is easy to forget that beauty like this exists when you live in the city. Get out there and explore, have an adventure and make sure to take some amazing images! Enjoy your weekend everyone.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Ben

    The DirectedPerception motion control setup is missing from the equipment list.

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  2. Chris

    This would be the trip of a lifetime, and to be able to come back and present it in such a unique way makes it absolutely awesome. Time lapse is something I’ve always wanted to try and get into but was never sure where to really start and how to edit everything to be so seamless. This post has pushed me to take the leap though. I guess you never learn unless you start and just sitting back watching doesn’t give you the experience.

    Time to get out there and DO IT!

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    • Lee

      I think about the cameras tolerance on a presentation such as this beautiful presentation of a time lapse capture. It seems to me an awful lot of shutter actuations are required in such an endeavor and I would think it “uses up” a significant percentage of the 100K+ shutter life. Congratulations on a wonderful presentation.

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  3. Ryan


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