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‘Timeless Dreams’ Captures the American Southwest in Fun Layer-Lapse

By Hanssie on October 6th 2015

Last year, photographer Julian Tryba introduced us to a new time-lapse technique he coined as a “layer-lapse.” By showing different regions of a scene at different points in time, a layer lapse takes us through a trippy, psychedelic visual ride. In his first layer-lapse, Tryba took us through a colorful Boston (read about it in this article here). Now, Tryba has released his second layer-lapse, a fun jaunt through the American Southwest.


Earlier this year, Tryba, his girlfriend Grace, and his friend Michael Sutton spent three weeks driving through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. After enduring some intense weather, unexpected adventures, a run in with a scorpion, and countless sleepless nights racing to capture the sunsets, landscapes, and stars, the group had logged about 3,000 miles. In the video, you will notice some of the famous landscapes in the American Southwest such as: Canyonlands, Bryce, Valley of Fire, Death Valley, Mono Lake, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon, Space, Canyon de Chelly and space from the International Space Station (courtesy of NASA).

The 2:30-minute layer-lapse was shot using the following gear: Canon 1Dc, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 6D, and Canon 7D with motion control from Kessler Crane Shuttle pod mini, four axis Kessler Second Shooter, and a Kessler Stealth slider. In an interview with the Creator’s Project, Tryba talked about the challenges of creating a landscape layer-lapse vs. a cityscape layer-lapse:

Cities are much more conducive for showing day-to-night transitions because all the lights pop on at night. Cities also consist mostly of straight lines, which makes it much easier to process layer-lapses…In post production, working with jagged landscapes was somewhat time intensive, but I made it work.

Check out more of Julian and Michael’s work here:

[Via Resource Magazine/Timeless Dreams from Julian Tryba]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Robert Marriott

    Amazing ??

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  2. Isaac Quesenberry

    The concept and execution of it was outstanding, excellent job!

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  3. R. John Anderson

    I very much liked it. Well done.

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  4. Luís Pereira

    So I guess this is what going to Amsterdam feels like !

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  5. Tyler Friesen

    very cool

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  6. Bill Bentley

    I know that a lot of work went into making this, and the imagery is very pleasing, but I don’t really care for the “on-off” exposure effect. I prefer the slower from night-to-day transition, but of course that has been done to death now I suppose. I applaud these guys for at least trying something a bit different.

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