What Did These Filmmakers Use to Create These Gorgeous Time-Lapses?

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

While I could say many things about the beautiful video the guys at TreeSpeed Photo have made, I think that might be a lesser use of my time. I could talk about their use of the very slick Dynamic Perception Dolly’s and CelestronSkywatcher head. I could talk about their use of lights in conjunction with the time-lapse to highlight certain portions of the image. Hell, I could even talk about the Canon 5d Mk. 3’s, 6D, Nikon and Fuji bodies and Rokinon, Tokina and Tamron glass.

I could. But I won’t.

What’s the real story here?

Here are two guys that took their cameras out into the wilderness and focused on their art. This wasn’t a paid gig. This was about the passion and desire to create something beautiful.

Don’t get caught up in the hustle and forget that there’s a reason that you love to do what you do. Take time off and go out into the wilderness to re-inspire yourself. God knows, it’s been too long since I’ve done the same.

Enjoy the video and remember that it’s not just the gear that created the video—it was the passion and desire of men to go out there and create.

From Django Greenblatt-Seay:

My friend JJ and I spent seven nights this summer in Death Valley shooting time lapses in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.

Ghosts of Death Valley (4K)

We live in Omaha, Nebraska, which means when we want to get some great landscape looks we need to hit the road. We made a similar trip in Utah last summer, and made Utah at Night.

You can see some stills from those trips here: www.treespeedphoto.com

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley (Rhyolite Nevada)

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley (Rhyolite Nevada)

I think the process for making trips like these, focused exclusively on getting as many good shots as possible is pretty interesting. You have to find a way to flip your sleep schedule – 5-Hour Energy/Red Bull – and you have to be very organized with data management and battery cycling.

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley (Time Lapse Van)

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley (Time Lapse Van)

JJ has been living the van life in an old Chevy Astro, which was wonderful on the Death Valley trip. It has a couple bunks, although we stayed in hotels most nights for electricity and due to the heat. I think a lot of people think they can go on a trip like this and live out of a van, but when it's hot and your laptop battery is getting crushed with all that data, a $50 hotel room starts looking pretty good.

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley

BTS still from Ghosts of Death Valley

Via Youtube Description:

This time lapse video is made up of shots from seven consecutive nights in ghost town Rhyolite, Nevada.

Shot and edited by JJ Dreier and Django Greenblatt-Seay.


Music: “Terence McKenna,” by Eros and the Eschaton

Gear used:
Dynamic Perception Stage zero dolly
Dynamic Perception Stage one dolly
Celestron SkyWatcher pan/tilt head

2x Canon 5D MKIII's
2x Canon 6D
1x Nikon D600
1x Fuji X-T1

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5
Rokinon 12mm f/2.0
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Tokina 16-28 f/2.8
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

Check out more BTS still at treespeedphoto.com/

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Actually could you please tell us about the gear and some of the processes? I’ve tried many times but failed so I would love to know how is go about trying to get results in nighttime time lapses.

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