Time-lapser and travelling photographer for Roadtrippers, Joel Schat
photoSentinel Testimonial – Joel Schat
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Well-known Canadian time-lapse photographer Joel Schat was commissioned to capture the building of Utah’s famous ice castle. photoSentinel worked with Schat to provide him with a long-term timelapse set-up customised for the project. Here’s what he had to say about his first long-term timelapse shoot.
“When I was contacted by Ice Castles about documenting, from start to finish, the creation of their Utah Ice Castle, I immediately asked if we would be able to do some long-term timelapse. I had heard of photoSentinel from some of my good time-lapse buddies but hadn’t used them before, so after a bit of research and a long chat with Matt at photoSentinel I decided to go with the photoSentinel Pro kit.
“I’m really glad that I went the route that I did as I knew that it would be a challenging shot and I had really high expectations. For a really long-term timelapse (say, a year or more) you end up with a whole lot of photos (more than you need) to mess around with in post-production. But, the Ice Castle project spanned only one month; a week straight of bad weather could easily ruin the whole sequence.
“photoSentinel wrote a new firmware update with a different RAW workflow solution, just for me to be able to shoot this way. It worked perfectly right away and over the month-long shoot it captured a photo at every interval without a single issue!”
“To help deal with this challenge, I wanted to shoot RAW to get the most flexibility in post. The photoSentinel Pro system is based around a JPEG workflow and if you do want to shoot RAW, they recommend a dual slot camera. I wanted RAW and didn’t have dual card slots, so that created a slight hiccup.
“Thankfully the photoSentinel team was on top of it and they wrote a new firmware update with a different RAW workflow solution, just for me to be able to shoot this way. It worked perfectly right away and over the month-long shoot it captured a photo at every interval without a single issue!
“The hardware itself is awesome as well. Really easy to setup and built to withstand just about anything. photoSentinel were so helpful with this project and make such a great product that I am currently in talks with photoSentinel about some custom long term glacier kits that will be able to handle -60 degree weather for one of my next projects.”
Want to see more of Joel Schat? Here’s a great mini documentary that puts you in his shoes for a day as he time-lapses the Grand Canyon.