VIDEO: Outback Australia time lapse part II

By Dayman Steptoe 28 November 2013
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The rapture and drama of the remote outback is captured exquisitely in this intense time lapse.

Credit: Dayman Steptoe

Photographer DAYMAN STEPTOE explains how he came to create this outback time lapse.

THERE IS NO GREATER privilege than travelling to the remote Australian outback to experience the sheer beauty it has to offer.

The bush is my home. Visiting Aboriginal groups, and learning about bush tucker and traditional medicine, is a life-long passion of mine. As a photographer, capturing these destinations on film is the icing on the cake.

This video is a sequel to my first outback Australia time lapse. Filmed with stills cameras, it tells the story of my travels through remote Australia in time lapse. Collectively, both part I and part II have been compiled from almost 200,000 individual photographs taken over two years of outback adventure.

All of the images were shot on Canon 5D mk II and 1D mk IV cameras, at times with a dolly. Cameras were hung from trees, over the edge of cliffs, above crocodile-infested waters and through raging bushfires.

One short scene shows a lightning storm. I will always remember sitting on top of a gigantic stone formation several storeys high, and watching in awe as the wet-season storm raged in the distance.

One of my favourite sequences is the waterlily filmed overnight. It took several weeks of preparation to set up the camera in a remote, croc-infested billabong, and film the flower opening with the sunrise.

May we all continue to respect the ways of the outback and its people. See you out bush one day.

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