As an avid timelapser, I have always been conflicted by the sort of timelapses I should be shooting. Day-time timelapses can be difficult to make interesting, night-time timelapses repetitive, sunsets require some amazing light, but day-to-nights being the “Holy Grail” of timelapses, so to speak? There is something intriguing about the concept of shooting non-stop for a timelapse, while maintaining an acceptable exposure and limiting the flicker, often seen in timelapses. Over the course of a few months, I developed my own method to shoot them. Not all of the timelapses in the film used my method, but many of the clips did. This video logs my journey of exploring California searching for the light over the last four months. In my travels, I have been to many places including; Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Big Sur, Birds Landing, Alta, Desolation Wilderness, and Kyburz, California. All of these places have at least one timelapse that has made the final cut into this film.

Many people don’t understand the amount of time and effort involved in shooting and processing a timelapse, and day-to-night timelapses can be even worse. I routinely find myself spending 10 hours of work for just 10 to 15 seconds of footage. In addition, most of these locations required some effort to reach. Whether hiking miles across the salt flats at Badwater Basin, climbing up a mountain to find the perfect tree and composition, or crawling down the side of a hill to get away from people in San Francisco, these clips involved research to find and effort to reach.

For those interested, the equipment I use includes:
Nikon D600
Canon 5D Mark 3
Tokina 16-28MM F2.8
Canon 16-35MM F2.8
Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 VR 2
Dynamic perception Stage Zero for all motion excluding the intro scene
One broken Promaster XC522

Programs I use to process the photos and film include:
LRTimelapse 3
Adobe Lightroom 5.0
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premier Pro CC

Music: James Everingham “Approaching the light”

This film is 4K ready. If interested in licensing or viewing in 4K contact me at:

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, I will be leaving the world of timelapse for boot camp to become a United States Airman. I will be unavailable for contact until late March. Upon completing boot camp, I will be in the “In-Air-Flight-Refueling” career and I will be in charge of refueling aircraft that need fuel while flying at 20,000 feet at a few hundred miles an hour. I hope to continue shooting timelapse, and am excited for the opportunities ahead of me.

By Tyler Carl

Featured on Votiv Earth on April 04, 2015