Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time lapse in the Alabama Hills

Milky Way over Alabama Hills pinnacles ~ © J. Michael Darter (click to see video)
Mike Darter's Time Lapse: Last week, Mike Darter and six other photographers participated in a NightScape workshop I conducted in the Alabama Hills, located near the Eastern Sierras of California. Most of us just did still photography, but Mike also shot evening time lapse with his Canon EOS 6D and a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. Mike added motion control to the above scene and a time lapse he did of Cyclops Arch, using his SYRP Genie. In the above scene, Mike attached his camera to the SYRP Genie and had it pan at about the same speed as the Milky Way moves across the sky.

Milk Way over Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills ~ © J. Michael Darter (click to see same video)
In the time lapse segment of Mobius Arch, Mike used no motion control —letting the moving clouds in this scene add their own drama.

Mike with his oldest daughter
J. Mike Darter worked in law enforcement from 1991 to 2002 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas.  He is a co-founder and currently CEO of CCW Safe, LLC based out of Oklahoma City.  Mike has been involved in art since a young age, showing watercolor and mixed media from the age 13.  He was accepted to Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY in 1987, but chose instead to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Criminal Justice.  He continued painting through college, and well into his law enforcement career, but became interested in photography around 2000.  He attends wildlife and nature photography workshops whenever he can, and is currently showing at a Cherokee Art Gallery in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and will be showing at a private show in downtown Oklahoma City in December.  Mike would like to get some images licensed with some of the nature media outlets, but more importantly, introduce his daughters to photography and be able to spend some quality time on the side of a mountain with them in the future watching a sunrise. The above photo is one of Mike's favorites.  It is of his oldest daughter photographing the sunrise, at Myrtle Beach, this past summer.

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