PocketWizard: Joe Morahan Digs Vans

PocketWizard: Joe Morahan Digs Vans

May 2, 2013 By Joe Morahan

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Joe Morahan Digs Vans

Vans Time-Lapse: Born to Roll from Joe Morahan on Vimeo.

Joe Morahan at Morahan Visuals in Colorado is seriously into time-lapse photography. He recently brought his Canon cameras to bear on a group of Vans footware and some skateboards, putting together this amusing and impressive footage.

What’s so impressive about sneakers getting stitched together? That’s a good question, but as any exceptional craftsman will tell you, the quality is not always indicative of what you see. It’s primarily what doesn’t go wrong which denotes superior skill, strong concept, and gorgeous aesthetic.

As Morahan points out in his behind-the-scenes blog post on the shoot, “PocketWizard just saved me hundreds of dollars.” How did this happen? By not having to physically pause eight cameras after each shot. Remote camera triggering with PocketWizard technology is used extensively in this video. If each camera needed to be physically handled, that would’ve allowed for even minor physical movement of them, and that would’ve forced he and his team to start over again from the beginning.

Perhaps that needs repeating. A film composed of countless still photographs (from seven cameras) which needed to be compiled in reverse order. Then, due to one bump of one of the camera bodies, all shots must be tossed, and the process would need to be started over from the very beginning. Arming each camera with a PocketWizard Plus II prevented this project from becoming a Sisyphean task.

“PocketWizard saved the shoot,” Morahan concludes.

It should be noted the Plus II has been replaced by the PocketWizard Plus III, although this job could’ve been done with either the Plus III or the new PlusX.

Morahan kindly provided us with a list of other gear he used:

Canon Cameras:
1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark II, 60D, 7D, 1D Mark II, 20D, Rebel XTi.

Canon Lenses; Zeiss Lenses


Other Photo Gear:
Lowepro, Hoodman, PocketWizard

Morahan’s finished Vans film can also be seen on his blog. In the coming months, we will take a closer look at Joe Morahan’s career and some of his other innovative projects. Stay tuned!


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