Timelapse dolly track //

The first timelapse done with my dolly track

A few weekends ago I went to Ojai with Deanne. We didn’t really know what to do so we just went up there after looking at the map and finding some pretty cool mountains on the map just north of Ojai along with a road going through them.
I brought a bunch of camera gear and my timelapse dolly track that I have been really wanting to give a try.
When we got to Ojai we quickly realized that it was the weekend of mothers day, and Ojai being a spa town meant that ALL hotels and spas were fully booked. Doh! The only one that wasn’t fully booked was the Ojai Valley inn and spa. It was pretty pricey, but a really nice place. At this point it was too late to drive anywhere else so we decided to stay there for the night. The place was so nice and the surroundings so beautiful. The only disappointment was the over-priced not so great restaurant. Next time we’ll eat in the village. Here is a picture of the place.

Deanne in Ojai

Deanne at the spa in Ojai

The day after we started driving on the 33. It is a road that takes you through the mountains north of Ojai. I really recommend the drive! It was so beautiful.
On the way home, we were coming down from the mountains going back to Ojai and I found a great spot to test my timelapse dolly. We were about an hour and a half early to get the really nice sunset light, but I wanted to test it anyway. I got it at DynamicPerception.com earlier this year but I haven’t really had time to test it. I had printed a manual for the dolly engine controller and I had also bought a 12V battery to drive the motor. It was very easy to set up and I had a lot of fun shooting my test.

Me with my dolly

Me with my Dolly track and camera....dork

It was also the first time I got to try out my newest addition to my lenses: a Nikkor 16-35 f/4. It is amazingly sharp and I am so happy with it. The shot didn’t turn out to be anything amazing, but I am so happy that I have field-tested the dolly track.
I hope I get to take the dolly track out a lot more this summer and shoot a lot more timelapse. Stay tuned! :)

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