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An immensely visual film on the life & work of Ski Patrol, Search & Rescue teams, and Avalanche Safety in the Rocky Mountains
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F9photo

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How we shot motion timelapse on Snow Guardians

How we shot the motion timelapse on Snow Guardians

The above timelapse was shot by Tyler Ginter @tylerginter, Ryan Wilson @RSPCTdesign and Carson @F9photo.  The shot used a Canon 5D Mark II, which was set up a on 16 foot Kessler Crane shuttle pod.  The shot was set up at 3am on a frozen mountain lake in the Montana mountains. The shot was part of over 30 timelapse shots taken for the Snow Guardians Film.

Above is the behind the scenes on how we got the amazing time-lapse shot.  We used the Kessler Oracle Control with the new built in intervalometer on a 16 foot Kessler Shuttle Pod linear rail system. This system allows the camera to move and track the moon over a 6-hour period.

To get a greater sense of motion we placed a North Face tent with a single LED headlamp inside it.  The tent was about 20 feet from the camera and allowed us enough distance to keep the tent and the mountains in focus.  The camera was set in bulb mode so we could trigger the camera with the Oracle Controller.  This fired the camera set at 3200 ISO for a 20 second exposure.  After the shot is taken the Oracle moves the camera town the track 1 inch then takes another shot and repeats.

The challenge and the beauty of motion control timelapse is once you track into the backcountry with 150 pounds of equipment and set up, you then have all night to hang out without using a single light.  Even the quickest blink of an LED headlamp can ruin the entire nights shot.  We sat back on the Mountain Lake and toasted Timescapes Tom Lowe who taught Tyler and I the magic of motion timelapse with a Bud lime.

If you or know someone that wants to take a shot like this.  I will fly to anywhere in the U.S. with all the needed equipment to teach a 2 day class on how to take a shot like this for a donation of $5000.

Check out the amazing video by Preston Kanak, who came out to Montana with us to film motion control time-lapse using the shuttle pod.