Time-lapse photography has proven to be a very unique way to capture breathtaking landscapes in the outdoors, (among many other things of course!) and its creative blend of “not quite a still photograph, yet not quite a video” has been attracting both beginner and landscape photographers alike for many years now.

Morten Rustad has been creating epic time-lapse projects for many years now, and has been a pioneer in the creation of high-resolution timelapse footage, producing some stunning 4K and now 8K resolution timelapse videos with some of the latest high-resolution cameras.

South America, Morten’s latest project sponsored by Syrp, took a year of travel to film. It captures some of the most iconic (and some of the more obscure) sights found across this stunningly beautiful continent.

South America 8K by Morten Rustad

Behind The Scenes

Some of the contraptions used to film this timelapse project were pretty impressive. Using a slider in sand dunes at night (let alone multi-axis timelapse rigs) is not easy!

[Syrp Timelapse Equipment: see our review of the Genie Mini here, and our review of the original Genie here!]

As an aficionado of “sketchy tripod placement” myself, my personal favorite has to be this one:

Now that’s bravery and dedication!

For more awesome timelapse content and BTS fun, check out Syrp on Instagram, Facebook, or visit Syrp.co.nz.

If you haven’t already watched the timelapse, here are a couple more frames to get your curiosity fully piqued. Enjoy!

Wildflowers in the Atacama desert

Valle De Cocora, Columbia

By the way, not every chapter in such an epic timelapse adventure is extremely productive. In this BTS video, Morten talks about the reality of being on the road and trying to always come away with a successful final result:

To follow Morten’s adventures, check out his Youtube and Instagram.


Lastly, if you’re curious about the gear Morten uses, check out this video HERE. Hint: One of the only ways to achieve such impressive image quality in 8K resolution is to use Sony’s A7R III or A7R II cameras. Motion control in the timelapses is done using Syrp devices, which range from the simple (just $249!) Genie Mini, to multi-axis slide+pan kits.

If you’re interested in learning more about timelapse photography, leave a comment below and let us know! Or, for learning nightscape photography and how to photograph the Milky Way, check out our workshop here!