The other day while at a Xscapers Convergence in Quartzsite I shot this Time lapse of the Milky Way above some of our fellow Xscapers up on the hill.  There was quite a bit of light pollution, but I thought it was an interesting video that I shared with some friends.   I was amazed at the response, and had more than a few requests for details on how it was created.  So that leads to this post.  After the break I will layout how I shot and edited it to get the final product.  But first take a look a the video…


Milky way Timelapse at Quartzsite, AZ

Shot this Timelapse the other night from our Rig looking up at the other Xscapers on the Hill…

Posted by Inches and Miles RV on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Now to the details…

-Nikon D610
-Tamron 24-135 f/3.5-4.6
-Remote Camera Release

-ISO 6400
-15 sec

Adobe Lightroom 5
LRTimelapse 4.7


I started by setting up and shooting 306 images using a remote trigger set to capture an image every 20 seconds with a 15 second Exposure.  I came to these settings by first shooting a few test shots at higher ISO to make sure my framing and focus were correct.  Once we got cold and decided to go inside, I stopped the Exposure.

Next was to start putting them all together.  Lightroom and LRTimelapse make the editing much easier.

First I imported all of the RAW Images into Lightroom.

Next Open LRTimelapse and browse to the Lightroom Folder where the images were placed.

Following the LRTimelapse workflows walks you through everything you need to do in LR and LRTimelapse and when you need to do them.   This will take a couple of jumps back and forth between the two programs.

All of the image editing is done on a few Key Frames in LR and then LRTimelapse will connect the dots and make sure all of the images fit within those parameters.

Once the editing is done, LRTimelapse will allow you to make some tweaks to the final video and apply some deflicker if needed.   You can then export the video.

Thanks for reading… Let me know what you think in the comments below…