Time Travels

Time Travels from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

Four years, five states, fourteen locations, 8,130 photos and countless miles driven!.

In 2012 my daughter and I drove to Utah’s west desert to find and photograph a wild horse herd that was said to range in the Cedar Mountain area. That first trip was not very fruitful, and we only saw four or five horses, all from a distance. (We’ve since found and photographed the herd many times.)

However, with no horses to photograph and after we had exhausted all of our Diet Coke and Mentos, I decided to experiment with a used intervalometer that I had just picked up from an online classified add. This first attempt at time lapse photography resulted in a simple sequence of white puffy clouds drifting over the the Dugway proving grounds in western Utah; not very scenic. It did, however, intrigue me enough to keep trying.

This video combines sequences from clips that I’ve captured during numerous road trips with my family since then and is made up of over 8,000 individual photos. Close examination will certainly reveal imperfections that I have tried correct as I practiced. The best clips are also the most recent as I have worked on my technique. Nonetheless, as imperfect as some of them may be, together they create a fun dash through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the western U.S. The following gallery is a collection of stills and locations from the video.

Bridger BayBryce PointBen LomondCourt of the PatriarchsBlacktail OverlookBen Lomond PeakCove BeachGlacier OverlookGrand TetonGrand Teton National ParkGrand TetonGrand ViewMormon RowMount St. HelensLamar ValleyHovenweep CastleNavajo TrailNorth Ogden CityOxbow BendOswald West State ParkOxbow BendMount St. HelensPleasant ValleyPoint SupremeSchwabachers LandingSnake River OverlookSchwabachers LandingSkull ValleySnow Canyon State ParkSpecimine RidgeSunset PointWasatch National ForestSunset PointSunset PointWasatch National ForestWasatch National ForestWhite Rocks

They include (not in order):

• Antelope Island State Park, Utah
• Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
• Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
• Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
• Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
• Hovenweep National Monument, Utah
• Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument, Washington
• Oswald West State Park, Oregon
• Powder Mountain Ski Resort, Utah
• Skull Valley, Utah
• Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
• Wasatch National Forest, Utah
• Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
• Zion National Park, Utah


I hope you enjoy watching. I certainly enjoyed learning. More to come; stay tuned!