Sub Zero Canon HDSLR Timelapse By Randy Halverson

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Timelapses are all the rage – but would you do it in sub zero weather to get the perfect shot? Randy Halverson has created this beautiful sample and we wanted to show it off and Randy sent us a bit of BTS info. Don't forget, there are lots and lots of other great HDSLR films over on our planet5D cinema. And, make sure you watch for the critters (raccoons?) scurrying around the abandoned house!

Redrock Micro

Randy's commentary

I wanted to shoot some astro timelapse with snow on the ground, so I spent almost a week in South Dakota for the most part in sub zero temps. 4 of the six nights I shot timelapse were 0 to -10 temp with wind chill in the -25 range. The biggest problem was keeping the batteries going on the equipment in those temps for 3 hours at a time. For the Dynamic Perception dolly MX2 controller and battery, I rigged up a small cooler with a few bottles of hot water and about 4 hand warmers.

I was less worried about the grip on the camera, because I had used them in pretty cold temps before, but I stuck a hand warmer on the bottom of the grip anyway. I also used a rubber band to put a hand warmer on the bottom of the lens to keep frost from building up on the lens and covered the whole camera with a sleeve from an old sweatshirt to help hold the heat in.

It took about 20 minutes or so to get the dolly and camera set up, at that point I was getting pretty cold. In some cases I was setting up about 15 miles from where I was staying. So I would set it up and leave them alone for about 3 hours, hoping they would still be there when I got back. I didn't worry too much about anyone taking them though. It was too cold, dark and in the middle of nowhere.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon Rebel T2i/550D
Tokina 11-16 – Great Lens
Tamron 17-50

Shot in RAW format, most shots were 20 seconds exposure F2.8 with 1 second interval between shots, for about 300 frames or so (several hours). There were a few 30 second and one 15 second exposures. ISO 1600

Music is “Scorpio” By Simon Wilkinson
Simon's music has also been used on Fox's “24”​dakotalapse

Sub Zero – winter night timelapse from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

Thanks Randy!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Zeiss Cinema Lenses


  1. Hi Randy,
    The movie and music was most enjoyable. Thanks for the description.
    Keep up the great work.

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