Escalante Excursion Dos

TJ had some time off work, so we bolted down South to poke around in the desert.  Highlights included slot canyons, steaks, Tecates, ribs, waterfalls, and …….time-lapses.

During sunset one evening, TJ grabbed the tripod…pulled out a motorized mount…and affixed his iphone to it.  It was a beautiful scene and the light was hitting the landscape just right.  As I watched TJ set things up, I realized how tricky the time-lapse process was.  There are all sorts of variables at play: the speed of rotation, the duration, the composition, and how level the camera is.  He kept repositioning the tripod, pushing buttons, tweaking the angle, and trying to find the perfect setup.  Throughout the whole process he was excited.  Giddy.  He was lost in his play; engrossed in the moment…and probably a little drunk. In the end, the time-lapse turned out ok…but TJ wasn’t all that stoked on it.  I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere, but I just thought it was cool watching my buddy practice his art.

Time lapse master


supreme focus

peekaboo gulch

I wasn’t brave enough to not use the rope

Spooky canyon

Damn, the Adventure Cardigan never looked so good.

TJ’s time-lapse skills are way better than his backgammon game

casually posing at Calf Creek


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