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    • August is one of my favorite times of the year to get out and shoot. The Milky Way is high up in the sky, and Perseids are flying through the night sky. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get out this week since I just got back from a long road trip.

      This is a composite featuring the Perseid meteors and the Milky Way from a 6-hour time-lapse. Captured in Joshua Tree National Park near Queen Valley and Ryan Mountain in a previous year. You can view the full video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/72251866

    • So, Kai, how do you manage the logistics of leaving a couple thousand dollars worth of photography equipement & panning rigs, & stuff out 'n about, just lying around for a few hours? Are you snoozing right next to the rig, or is it pretty much an act of faith amongst photogs?

    • It's a combination of everything. Most of the time I am in such remote spots that I have no problem leaving the gear unmanned for the entire night. The chances of somebody finding it, and that same person have the intent to steal it are pretty slim.

      For this particular sequence, I hiked about one mile deep into the park, set up the shot and then walked back to the car for some sleep.

      If I am in more populated spots, I either sleep right next to the gear or stay up and enjoy the night sky. For two reasons, to make sure nobody snags the gear and to reset the sequence in case a group of people walk through the shot. In general, parks quiet down after midnight.

    • Kai

      For this one (https://vimeo.com/260708866/7cd7e28b43) I slept right on the hiking path to prevent people from walking through the shot. The Lone Juniper is literally inside a campsite near Jumbo Rocks and chances are high that somebody will come across your setup. It's always a bit of a crapshoot.

    • Chris MacAskill

      Wow, Kai!! I have been to your Vimeo channel before but didn't know you then. You have some awesome timelapses like Iceland and Rise. You have a motorized slider you use for some shots? Great music on those films too.

    • Thanks. Appreciate the kind words. I love shooting sequences, but I am painfully behind on editing and composing. I am sitting on ~3TB of clips that need to find a project. I have a couple of themes and storyboards. Maybe this fall.

      I love shooting with motion control as it adds another dimension to the shot. You can fake some motion in post production, but it's never as real motion. The downside of motion control, it makes editing more time consuming if you get a car driving through the scene.

    • The Iceland one is interesting. One of my DSLRs got washed away by a rogue wave near Jökulsárlón. To maximize the footage in Iceland, I used my Lumix LX100 point-and-shoot for additional time-lapse footage. To my surprise, the camera performed quite well. Even at low light Aurora shots. I still prefer full-frame sensors for my time-lapse work, but it's amazing what you can get with more affordable gear.

    • I love this! It's absolutely beautiful. And after getting out to photograph my first meteor shower this weekend, I have even more respect for the work that goes into photos like this. The framing is wonderful with the alignment of the Joshua tree and the milky way. I now know getting the shot can be logistically challenging, and just tiring keeping the camera going through the night. And then editing - compositing meteor strikes -- that's a craft I don't understand. You nailed it! Great work!

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