Night Motion Timelapse: Outer Banks

via Night Motion Timelapse: Outer Banks on Vimeo

The light streaks you see in the Milky Way shots are shooting stars, no airplanes this time. Shooting stars & meteors happen all the time all over planet Earth; you can’t see them except in the darkest skies. Especially look for them right before dawn (in the film & real life), they seem to increase in frequency at that time.

Included are two shots of the Stumpy Point wildfire that was burning in eastern North Carolina, U.S.
The lighthouse is Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in North America.

Camera Gear:
Canon 5DmkII (one BTS w/Canon 7D & 16-35mm)
Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens rented from
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II-L lens
Tiffen 77mm & 85mm UV filters (vital for lens protection from salt, sand, and moisture)
Pearstone ShutterBoss remote timer
Bescor 40W basic LED on-camera light (mounted on its own tripod, w/ fabric dimmer)

Motion Control:
MX2 controller from
Orion Teletrack AZ-G telescope pan/tilt mount from
(Orion controlled with MX2 unit and custom interface cable)
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero 6 ft. motion control dolly
2 Aluratek ADMPFB100 external battery packs
Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head
Manfrotto quick release plate used w/Orion
Universal Ball Head
All photo gear purchased from


Blog on the making of this film:

This version is an 36Mbps / MP4 file.

still prints and postcards of my work available here

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