When I first saw this 4K time lapse I thought it could not be real. I immediately turned up the volume and re-watched it on full screen (and was sorry that I did not have the ‘right’ big screen to watch it even bigger.
Made to be Seen is Joel Schat‘s demo reel but I would say that it is one of the most hypnotizing time lapse movies we’ve seen to date, (and we’ve seen a lot). Shot mostly in US national parks this footage is a collage of everything worth timelapsing, from sunsets and sunrises, though the aurora borealis, arches, moon rising, gazers and rainbows, hot air balloons and so much more.
Joel, does share his gear list as well as some behind the scenes footage (time-lapsed in its own rights) below.
If you were wondering what it takes to create just a single sequence out of those many shown in the reel, Roadtrippers spent a day with Joel documenting the process of him shooting.
Here is what it sounds like to be shooting those time lapses:
5 minutes later the second alarm starts going off so I decided to pull the curtain back and check the weather to see if its worth waking up for. Each morning while still mainly asleep I hope that its cloudy but upon looking out the window and seeing the first bit of light starting to warm the sky I know it will be a gorgeous one so I immediately start to rush out of bed and get the camera gear together wondering to myself.. Why did I want it to be cloudy? Why did I sleep through my first alarm?
I was actually kinda surprised to read Joel’s gear list as it is more minimal that I thought it would be (complete with a Volkswagen Westfalia):
- Cameras: Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 6d
- Lenses: 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, Rokinon 14mm
- Filters: Lee Filters
- Tripods: A Bunch of Manfrotto tripod and my Motion Control!
- Motion control: Dynamic Perception Stage 1, Stage 0, Emotimo TB3, Promote Control
- Bag: F-stop Tilopa BC