Alpine Science got to catch up with Derrick Lytle over the weekend to discuss his latest time lapse short: StateScapes: Nevada, which you can view below. Derrick Lytle is a time lapse photographer from Southern Nevada and is currently traveling the southwest.
Alpine Science Chats With Derrick Lytle
Alpine Science: How defined is the scope of a project before you begin it and how much leeway is there for experimentation as the project progresses?
Derrick Lytle: When I start a project I always begin with a story board and a plan but I also factor in some room for leeway for variables like weather and permitting. I wasn’t able to hit a couple of spots I planned for because the weather wasn’t going to work or the locations were on private land.
Alpine Science: What inspires you to take a specific direction with a project?
Derrick Lytle: I guess if I really think about it comes down to my upbringing. I have a weird fascination with ghost towns what happened to them and I think that all plays back to the love my parents have for family history.
Alpine Science: What do you do when you’re recording and letting time lapse play out?
Derrick Lytle: As a trail runner I try to get out on the trails if I feel confident enough leaving my gear. I’ll read, eat, and for the night lapses try and get some sleep.
Alpine Science: What motivates you for longer shoots?
Derrick Lytle: I love seeing the final result. I guess I’m kind of a masochist, in a sense. When you hike in miles hauling gear, you;re freezing, and hungry, and you get a 10 second clip that is solid it all seems worth it.
Alpine Science: What two pieces of advice would you give those interested in pursuing time lapse?
Derrick Lytle: Be patient and humble. There’s always a lot to learn.
Alpine Science: How long does an average project take and what is your longest project?
Derrick Lytle: Projects can range from a few days to years. It depends on the amount of time you have to shoot. To get quality work each shot involved a lot of pre production and post production work. My next project will be shorter but I’m also planning another film for Nevada which will include one shot that will take about a year to shoot.
Alpine Science: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned that you would like to pass onto others pursuing time lapse?
Derrick Lytle: Be grateful for what is given to you. When I first started I was always bummed out when it was raining or there was a full moon. I’ve learned now that you should take advantage of what you have and just be happy to be outside creating art.
Alpine Science: What is the single piece of footage you are the most proud of?
Derrick Lytle: My favorite piece is not released yet but it will be good, promise.