Written by timelapse photographer Archer:
I've lived on the island of Maui for over five years now and got the photography bug about three years ago while camping on Maui's East side called Hana.
Hana is a tropical dreamland filled with lush vegetation, massive waterfalls and some of the darkest night skies I have ever seen.
While laying in the grass looking up and the stars one night, I noticed I could see the Milky Way. My phone had no chance of capturing what I was seeing, so I was determined to find out how and what I needed to do so. Sharing this sight with my family and friends back home in Michigan was my new goal.
One day Lee Browning Ezell, a local Fine Art photographer, showed me a picture of the night sky over Haleakala, a dormant volcano on Maui that is over 10,000ft in elevation. I asked him how he got a picture like that and he graciously guided me in choosing the equipment I would need to start my journey as a night photographer.
Excited and inspired I haven't stopped since. Using the on camera Time Lapse option one day I found my way of truly sharing what I was witnessing. Not content with how my time lapses turned out, I researched how to do them properly. That's when I came across the Rhino Camera Gear website.
My first purchase was the Rhino Slider V1 Pro 4ft and eMotimo TB3 package. I was impressed with the packaging and service I received from both Rhino and eMotimo helping me get started on the right foot.
I have since purchased the Rhino Slider EVO Carbon 42" with Rhino Motion and a set of 24" carbon fiber rails. I absolutely love all of them, using different sets for different adventures.
My favorite subject to shoot is still by far the night sky. Every chance I get after working the bar, I go home, grab some food and my gear and head out to set up time lapses and get photos to share. Sometimes I stay up all night just to get that next shot.
My goal is to share a Earth's beauty with those who don't get to see it all for themselves.
- Chris Archer, who goes by the name Archer, is a timelapse photographer based in Maui, HI. His work can be found on Instagram at @Archer357. -