Travel Destination: Eastern Kentucky… Wait, What?

Who needs beaches and Mai-Tais when you can have great Kentucky scenery and a camera? Videobred’s editor and shooter, Eric Stemen, spent his vacation last month driving around eastern Kentucky and shooting time lapses. His goal for the project was to create a two and a half to three minute video showcasing what the region is really like.


He spent the first night in Whitesburg, Ky., which is about 220 miles outside of Louisville. He slept in his car to assure he would get up to shoot the sunrise. “If I had stayed in a hotel, I probably wouldn’t have had the motivation to get up early,” Eric said.

The next few days consisted of shooting throughout the day and night, alternating between sleeping in his car and hotels, and driving through back roads to find the shots he wanted.

“The most difficult part was either finding good areas to pull over or keeping motivated to stay out in cold and keep shooting instead of going home and playing video games,” Eric said. “I kept shooting after the second day of the trip because I didn’t want to come back with a one minute video that didn’t do any justice to the area.”

The only real bump he hit was near Pikeville while shooting an active coal tipple. One of the managers assumed he was trying to portray the profession negatively and asked him to leave, but luckily the time lapse was already pretty much finished.

Here’s Eric’s thoughts on his time lapse vacation:

“This video shows how some of the areas in eastern Kentucky look. It doesn’t really do justice to how pretty parts of it can be or how run down other parts are. To really get an idea you would need to take a trip out there and take a few days driving around the back roads.

The first time I went out to the area was in 2009 to record some things with a company called Kertis Creative. I was amazed as to how different the landscape was compared to other places I have lived throughout my life. Over the next 3 years I traveled to the region a few more times on other video shoots, most recently with Videobred and kept thinking I would like a way to show other people what the area looks like.

In 2012 I became very interested in time lapses and realized that this type of video does a decent job of making places kind of have a life, or at least make inanimate objects move so you’re more likely to watch the entire video.”

Here is a link to some of the behind the scenes photos showing various ways these shots were taken.

And here’s the finished time lapse:

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