Photographer, Randy Halverson, brings us a meditative time-lapse video of our galaxy. Ponderous. Astonishing. Pretty. It kind of puts things into perspective…for at least three minutes and fifteen seconds, that is. (do not forget to maximize and soak up all of its high definition glory)


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.

Canon 60D and T2i
Tokina 11-16
Sigma 20mm F1.8
Tamron 17-50

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

Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.


Milky Way Galaxy (center)

Frame from timelapse

Setup near the White River valley in South Dakota

Setup near the White River valley in South Dakota This was the opening shot in Plains Milky Way

Setup near the White River valley in South Dakota

Frame from timelapse

Frame from timelapse

Orion head on stage zero dolly, frame from timelapse. Orion head is blurred from moving during exposure.

Stage Zero dolly setup with "milapse" mount along the White River in SD

Dynamic Perception Dolly set up along the White River in SD





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