During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph +. That made it hard to get the shots I wanted. I kept most of the shots low to the ground, so the wind wouldn’t catch the setup and cause camera shake, or blow it over. I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a “Milapse” mount on the panning ones.
This was all shot at night. If you see stars and it looks like daylight, it is actually moon light. 20+ second exposures make it look like daylight.
Canon EOS 60D and
Canon T2i Tokina 11-16mmTamron AF 17-50mmSigma 20mm F1.8Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly
Shot in RAW format, the Milky Way shots were 30 seconds exposure F2.8 or F1.8 with 2 second interval between shots, for 3-4 hours run time. ISO 1600, the opening shot was ISO 3200.
Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.
Simon Wilkinson from thebluemask.com created the soundtrack “Exodus” for the video
Available in 4K Ultra HD for licensing.