Tryba made his signature technique famous on the Boston skyline by collaging timelapse footage from different parts of the day in a single frame. Timeless Dreams similarly dissects the badlands of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, stitching them into a blue, red, brown, and yellow quilt of shifting rock and sky.
"I wanted to try a new challenge with the layer-lapse technique," Tryba tells The Creators Project. "Cities are much more conducive for showing day-to-night transitions because all the lights pop on at night. Cities also consist mostly of straight lines, which makes it much easier to process layer-lapses… In post production, working with jagged landscapes was somewhat time intensive, but I made it work."
Aside from the drawbacks, there were below-freezing temperatures, vicious winds, snowstorms, and Tryba's collaborator, Mike Sutton, got stung by a scorpion. That sounds like a nightmare, but Tryba simply says, "Moving from the city where I am more comfortable shooting into nature was a welcome challenge."
Check out the fruit of their labor, as well as some behind the scenes shots that reveal the Southwestern desert, sans layer-lapsing, below.