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Tree Speed’s Time Lapse Tour In Utah


Tree Speed’s Time Lapse Tour In Utah

Django Greenblatt-Seay and JJ Dreier joined together to form Tree Speed, self proclaimed as “A of couple of Mid-Western guys who spend vacation time traveling the country shooting time lapse photography.”

Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, the duo recently took to the road and self produced a 10 day trip to Utah to create a series of time lapse videos. In order of appearance, the team shot in Latuda, Utah (a ghost town), Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Lake Oahe. 

What are some of the biggest obstacles that you ran across during the 10 day shoot?

JJ Dreier – “Data management was the biggest challenge of the trip. We wrote about 250GB worth of data for the trip and were shooting thousands of images a night. We were constantly rendering and importing images trying not to fall behind in the workflow.”

Flipping their sleep schedules proved to be important as well.

Django Greenblatt-Seay – “We realized after the first night that we weren’t getting the Milky Way in the right part of the sky by the time we were too tired to continue. So we popped some 5-hour Energy and became nocturnal the rest of the trip.”

From there they hit a routine.

JJ Dreier – “We would finish a shoot at about 4:30 in the morning, get to the hotel and begin importing data and batch processing what we shot the night before. We would go to sleep from 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and immediately get back to data. We’d eat at about 5 p.m., then go scout locations ’till dark and begin shooting again.”

“We use our day job vacation time to make time for these trips. We are making plans for another 10-day trip in the Spring, and maybe another next Fall. We recently bought a motor-controlled pan/tilt head that will work on the Dynamic Perception dolly. We will bring that on the next trip and probably an additional dolly.”

What type of gear did it take to capture the time lapse images? 

Canon 5D MKII

Canon 6D

Canon 7D

Canon T2i

Canon 70-200 f/2.8

Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

Sigma 17-35 f/2.8-4

Rokinon 8mm fisheye f/3.5

Nikon D600

Tokina 16-28 f/2.8

Nikon 24-70 f/2.8

Nikon 70-200 f/2.8

2x teleconverter for Nikon

Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly

Magic Lantern on all the cameras, except the 7D

Various tripods

5-Hour Energy

Red Bull

A bucket of Mountain House dehydrated meals – sounds yummy.

Keep tabs on their work at Tree Speed

Video of Night Sky Time Lapse Tour (HD)


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