Mt Bromo time lapse: Bromo like you have never seen before!

Ever since I first saw a photo of Mt Bromo, years ago, it has been at the top of my bucket list. Finally the time had arrived to visit it during my Indonesia trip. And I didn’t just come to take a few photos. No, I had some big plans for capturing Mt Bromo. The plan was to create a great photo series and a Mt Bromo time lapse movie of this stunning location with several volcanos, dormant and active. I planned my visit way ahead to time when the Milky Way would be in perfect position and when the moonlight would be minimal.


Shooting the Mt Bromo time lapse

Initially I planned 10 days here. But the weather conditions were just so bad, that barely any night was good for shooting time lapses. Mist and dew were the main problems. I extended my stay to 16 days, but even that wasn’t enough. I then had to go back to Bali (long story…) to get my visa extended. Later, when I was supposed to travel through Java, I returned to Bromo for another 10 days. Yet facing the same issues and again I extended for another 7 days, missing out on Java completely. I’ll be back though, but I didn’t want to leave Bromo without getting what I wanted.

Altogether a staggering 25.000 photos were shot for this movie. Many hours were spend chasing the right conditions. And even more hours were lost because of changing weather conditions and failed attempts. But that’s the challenge of landscape photography and in particular time lapse photography. Projects like these don’t come easy. Now enjoy the movie and let me know what you think!


At the same time I was also working on a whole new project, ‘TimeScapes’. TimeScapes is about capturing time and light and taking the meaning of photography, ‘drawing with light’, to a whole new level. More about all that in my next post!


Gear & Software used for the movie

Cameras: Nikon D750 + D800 + Sony RX100iv.

Lenses: Nikon 20/1.8 + Nikon 16/2.8 fisheye + Nikon 28-300/3.5-5.6

Tripods: Sirui N2205 tripod + Cullmann mini tripod

Accessories: Syrp Genie Mini

Apps: Photopills app for planning. QDSLRDashboard for time lapsing.

Software: Bridge + Photomechanic for image viewing. Photoshop + Lightroom for editing. LRTimelapse for creating smooth time lapses and deflickering. After Effects for composing the time lapse movies.

(Music ‘Bloodstorm’ by Simon Wilkinson,


Links to other Mt Bromo articles and works

Plan on visiting Mt Bromo? Read my Mt Bromo Travel Guide.

Going to photograph Mt Bromo? Read my Mt Bromo Photography Guide!

Want to see my ‘regular’ Mt Bromo photos and time lapse, check out my Mt Bromo portfolio section.

Don’t miss the complete TimeScapes portfolio section!


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