Capturing the Nevada Landscape One Timelapse At A Time
Valley of Fire State Park

Derrick Lytle

Derrick Lytle

Capturing the Nevada Landscape One Timelapse At A Time

Nearly two years of traveling through Nevada shooting during my free time, and this is the result. From Las Vegas to the Rubies, there is so much beauty and oddity in the Silver State that deserves so much more than one video.

Equipment used:

  • Dynamic Perception State Zero w/NMX Motion Controller
  • Canon Mark II
  • Rokinon 14mm, 24mm and Canon 70-200mm

Music Used:

  • I Hear Sirens: Deception Has A Way With Words [Licensed via]

I grew up like many Nevadans in a small town with a rich history of pioneers, mining, and farming. Over time, I grew to love the desert and its hidden secrets. The endless red rock, slot canyons, pristine mountain lakes, the bighorn sheep, and endless panels of petroglyphs were so easy to become swallowed up in.

shoreline of lake tahoe at night
Lake Tahoe
Derrick Lytle

I created my video StateScapes: Nevada as a way to show off the uniquely amazing natural environments and culture found in the Silver State. I spent two years on the project working on it piece by piece between photo and film shoots for my job. With many cold nights in the mountains and hot summer nights under dark skies, I definitely had my work cut out for me, but was so happy to be back a state I love. Two years of shooting in a state larger than the entire country of England is quite an in-depth project.

Nevada’s landscapes are dynamic to say the very least, and I was lucky enough to get a taste of about 45 locations peppered across the state while working on StateScapes:Nevada. From the aridity and exposed climate in the mysterious Mojave Desert down south, to the expansive wide open basins throughout central Nevada to the majestic Rubies or ‘Alps of Nevada’ in the north, traveling this amazing state felt like conquering a multitude of unforgettable places. A feat that I can say I am proud I could experience first hand and share with others who might not understand the true beauty that awaits in a state unlike any other.

snow at ruby mountains
Ruby Mountains
Derrick Lytle

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