“Land of Legends” Time-Lapse Compilation

I am excited to present to you my very first time-lapse compilation! I shot my very first time-lapse video in December of 2010 and couldn’t wait to build up enough to begin working on a complete video, stringing other time-lapses together. I got in my video-editing software yesterday and immediately began working on it amidst some web design work. Everything felt so intuitive and exciting that I can definitely see myself doing much more video in the future!

The video itself was shot completely in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming between December of 2010 and January of 2011. I had been building up one time-lapse after another, as many of you who keep up with my blog are aware, but I was looking for some consistent way to string them all together. I see a lot of great time-lapse videos out there that are just one unrelated shot after another, which no matter how great they are, eventually cause me to lose interest. As a result, I was looking for something a little more solid that would get people to continue watching, if only for up to three minutes.

I was browsing for Creative Commons music and came across a brilliant track called Land of Legends by zero-project. I listened to a few seconds and immediately knew it would be absolutely perfect for the video! It all wound up coming together in half a day and I only just uploaded it this morning.

I hope you enjoy and I definitely accept constructive criticism, especially with this being my first "official" time-lapse video.

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  1. Looks great Mike! I love the music and the time-lapse is such a wonderful way to present natural transitions like sunsets and moving clouds that can’t be perceived any other way.

    1. Thank you, Russ! I agree. I’ve found myself not only looking for completely different subjects I wouldn’t normally aim the camera at, but also have become fascinated with seeing the motion once brought into the computer.

      There will definitely be more for sure!

      1. Good to know about the software. Thanks!

  2. Looks great Mike! I love the music and the time-lapse is such a wonderful way to present natural transitions like sunsets and moving clouds that can’t be perceived any other way.

    1. Thank you, Russ! I agree. I’ve found myself not only looking for completely different subjects I wouldn’t normally aim the camera at, but also have become fascinated with seeing the motion once brought into the computer.

      There will definitely be more for sure!

      1. Good to know about the software. Thanks!

  3. Can you talk more about your technique and equipment? Amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Kelly! Each time-lapse sequence was shot either with a Canon 5D or 7D, though any DSLR and I believe even P&S will work. For each scene, I would hook up an intervalometer to the camera and simply let it shoot one shot every 2-3 seconds (to capture the cloud motion smoothly) for several hundred shots. These all get merged into a video editing program where the program knows to sequence them together for a seamless video.

      I plan on posting another blog post in the future describing in more detail the specifics, but hopefully that gives you a general idea of how it works.

  4. Can you talk more about your technique and equipment? Amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Kelly! Each time-lapse sequence was shot either with a Canon 5D or 7D, though any DSLR and I believe even P&S will work. For each scene, I would hook up an intervalometer to the camera and simply let it shoot one shot every 2-3 seconds (to capture the cloud motion smoothly) for several hundred shots. These all get merged into a video editing program where the program knows to sequence them together for a seamless video.

      I plan on posting another blog post in the future describing in more detail the specifics, but hopefully that gives you a general idea of how it works.

  5. Mike,
    I respect the time and energy that goes into that kind of project. The cloud play in a number of the sequences is dynamic. Some really nice scenes. Makes me long to go see the Tetons.

    1. Thank you very much, Patrick! I definitely find an infinite amount of things to shoot around here.

  6. Mike,
    I respect the time and energy that goes into that kind of project. The cloud play in a number of the sequences is dynamic. Some really nice scenes. Makes me long to go see the Tetons.

    1. Thank you very much, Patrick! I definitely find an infinite amount of things to shoot around here.

  7. Mike this is super sweet…I really like what you’ve got going. Very mesmerizing and dreamlike.

    Big thumbs up from me!

    Cheers,
    Greg

    1. Thank you very much, Greg! I’m definitely itching to make more, though I won’t post anything until I can figure out something similarly creative along these lines.

  8. Mike this is super sweet…I really like what you’ve got going. Very mesmerizing and dreamlike.

    Big thumbs up from me!

    Cheers,
    Greg

    1. Thank you very much, Greg! I’m definitely itching to make more, though I won’t post anything until I can figure out something similarly creative along these lines.

  9. Excellent work. Enjoyed the music choice as well. Was the panning on one of the sequence done in post-production? Just out of curiosity what editing software did you end up choosing to use?

    1. Thank you, Jim! Yes, all the panning was done in post-production, so there were actually a few shots I took with that in mind. I wound up going with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 (that’s a mouthful!). It’s a really great program with some awesome tutorials and really intuitive to use.

  10. Excellent work. Enjoyed the music choice as well. Was the panning on one of the sequence done in post-production? Just out of curiosity what editing software did you end up choosing to use?

    1. Thank you, Jim! Yes, all the panning was done in post-production, so there were actually a few shots I took with that in mind. I wound up going with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 (that’s a mouthful!). It’s a really great program with some awesome tutorials and really intuitive to use.

  11. very infrequently, do we sit still long enough to see the life in that which is around us. modern photography/videography and, specifically Cavaroc, have/has given us this ability to truly see these living ‘things’ around us. The images breathe with the spectacular composition of a seasoned artist…Not to be missed.

    1. Charlton, I’m honored by such great words! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

  12. very infrequently, do we sit still long enough to see the life in that which is around us. modern photography/videography and, specifically Cavaroc, have/has given us this ability to truly see these living ‘things’ around us. The images breathe with the spectacular composition of a seasoned artist…Not to be missed.

    1. Charlton, I’m honored by such great words! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

  13. very infrequently, do we sit still long enough to see the life in that which is around us. modern photography/videography and, specifically Cavaroc, have/has given us this ability to truly see these living ‘things’ around us. The images breathe with the spectacular composition of a seasoned artist…Not to be missed.

    1. Charlton, I’m honored by such great words! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

  14. THAT was absolutely STUNNING!!! Loved the music you can just invision the Indians Spirit moving through this whole presentation… You captured the true BEAUTY of this most Scared Place… Thank-You!!

    1. Thank you very much, Deb! I really appreciate all the thoughtful words!

  15. THAT was absolutely STUNNING!!! Loved the music you can just invision the Indians Spirit moving through this whole presentation… You captured the true BEAUTY of this most Scared Place… Thank-You!!

  16. THAT was absolutely STUNNING!!! Loved the music you can just invision the Indians Spirit moving through this whole presentation… You captured the true BEAUTY of this most Scared Place… Thank-You!!

    1. Thank you very much, Deb! I really appreciate all the thoughtful words!

    1. Thank you, Steve! I hope I can continue that trend with future videos as well!

    1. Thank you, Steve! I hope I can continue that trend with future videos as well!

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