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In the spring of 2015 I headed out to the southwest to spend three weeks exploring and shooting. The first week was spent in central and northern Arizona, the second week in Nevada to lead a timelapse field trip as well as a timelapse production class at NAB, and the third week in Utah and Arizona scouting and shooting images and timelapse for one of Japan's top rated TV shows.


In total I racked up 37 hours of driving over 2103 miles between Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. I visited Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona (twice), Grand Canyon, Page (twice), Zion National Park (twice), Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas, Monument Valley (twice), Natural Bridges National Monument, and finally back to Phoenix after stopping in Sedona a second time to capture some additional timelapses.


In Zion I met up with a friend to hike to Canyon Overlook.  We shot in 40mph winds with temperatures in the mid to upper 40's until about 2:00am. The canyon of course was dark until the moon rose, which provided beautiful light that slowly revealed the canyon below.


This journey out west was not my first, but because of the light, landscape, and the fact that I was driving alone most of the time - it became a very spiritual trip for me. I couldn't help thinking how lucky I was to be experiencing the beauty all around me. By the end of the third week I was dead tired, but exhilarated at the same time. In total I captured over 26,000 still images, of which about 11,000 were used to create this short timelapse film.


The gear I used included the eMotimo TB3 Black, Dynamic Perception Stage One and Stage R motion control system, Timelapse+ intervalometer, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony A7s, Canon EOS 60D, a variety of Canon, Rokinon, and Sigma glass which included 8mm fisheye, 14mm wide, 20mm Wide, 24-105mm Zoom, 50mm Prime, and a 70-200mm telephoto lens. Post production was completed using LRTimelapse 4, Lightroom 5.7, along with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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