Nightscape Wonderland

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This is my 4th timelapse video and my first at night.

You're looking at the Milky Way as it makes it's nightly trek across over Gunsight Mountain at Anthony Lakes, Oregon.

This is a compilation of 396 images shot in RAW. I have to say that I'm glad I used RAW to get the better detail, but dang.... waiting for over 2 hours while LR batch processed the images was crazy. While taking the photos, I had to change my CF card 3 times ended up with over 13 gigabytes. So in total, you're looking at about three and a half hours that's now compressed into less time than it took to take just one of those original photos.

Unfortunately I set up for this about 15 minutes later than I had planned. I had wanted to start long enough before full dark that the last light of the setting sun would fully expose the landscape with the 6400 ISO. As it was there was just enough light to give me that nice deep blue twilight, but still really dark. Oh well. Then the timelapse continues until the rising crescent moon was well off the horizon.

Photo Details:
396 shots, all shot at :30 seconds, 17mm, f/4.0, 6400 ISO
First shot: 10:17pm
Last shot: 1:51am

Thanks to Dexter Britain for providing the music on this video, "Wonderland (Instrumental)", that I used under creative commons from the Free Music Archive website.

alison brown 35, Geo_grafics, and 9 other people added this video to their favorites.

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  1. Jack Andreasen 31 months ago | reply

    Very good! A lot of work I'm sure Thank you!

  2. catoledo 31 months ago | reply

    Fantastic job Dylan> Your efforts and hard work payed off!!

  3. John Finnan 31 months ago | reply

    Well Done Dylan !!

  4. alison brown 35 31 months ago | reply

    This is Brilliant, Dylan! I've watched it a few times and just can't get enough of it!

  5. Geo_grafics 31 months ago | reply

    It was well worth the effort to us Dylan ;)
    Hard to conceive the amount of effort to create such a masterpiece !

  6. Rh+ 31 months ago | reply

    True work of art Dylan! The clarity and subtle beauty are fantastic. It's one of those things that you want to keep going because it's so fascinating. Amazing work!

  7. Zach Dischner 31 months ago | reply

    Oh man that is pretty cool! Seen a bunch of these, tried a few, but I've never really seen one where the Milky Way seems to shimmer and flicker. Sweet!

  8. Project Dreamland 31 months ago | reply

    Wow, this is spectacular! Wish I had this kind of patience. Like how the reflections appear towards the end...I was hoping for more ;-). Nice soundtrack too!

  9. Musgrove and the Pumi 31 months ago | reply

    Great timelapse. Can't wait to see more of them.

  10. sawtoothphoto 31 months ago | reply

    simply awesome!!!! the reflection in the water makes it beyond something special

  11. JuneBugGemplr 31 months ago | reply

    WOW, what more can a person say, that is the most awesome time lapse! I admire your patience and your mastery of the hobby of photography. You're VERY talented, Dylan!

  12. roelex14 31 months ago | reply

    wow... all i can say is WOW

  13. CYZT 21 months ago | reply

    Excellent job Dylan, I know how much time and effort is put into making a time lapse!

  14. Osthed 18 months ago | reply

    Simply amazing. I watched this over and over about 10 times and will keep coming back. I am left in awe of the vastness and beauty of the universe. I'm going to watch a couple more times... :)

  15. Dylan MacMaster 18 months ago | reply

    Thanks Tor, if you like my timelapse, you GOTTA check out this one by Ben Canales. It's truly amazing. Be sure to have the volume on and up!

  16. Osthed 18 months ago | reply

    Wow, that was amazing. I saw a how-to on creating time-lapse videos in Lightroom a few weeks back and would like to give it a try sometime. Thank you for the inspiration. I can appreciate the difficulty of getting the exposure so spot on in your video. Beautiful work.

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