Rising Star Byron is a real time video of the sun rising behind the Cape Byron Lighthouse at Byron Bay on the most easterly point of mainland Australia. People gather up around the lighthouse at dawn to watch the first rays of sun to hit mainland Australia as it rises over the ocean to the east. You may notice the tiny silhouettes of the people in the video walking around the lighthouse as the sun rises behind them.

I used a similar technique to film this video as I did with Full Moon Silhouettes: theartofnight.com/2013/01/full-moon-silhouettes/ except this time I was positioned 5.7km away from the Cape Byron lighthouse when I shot the video. I would have positioned myself closer if I could, but was restricted by the location I had to be in to capture the sun rising directly behind the lighthouse for this time of year, but still I'm quite happy with the result!

As with Full Moon Silhouettes, this video is as it came off the memory card, the only post work that was done was dealing with video noise in the footage. I spent a week doing test shoots, before getting the final footage I was happy with. The shoot was planned in detail with the iPhone app, PhotoPills - photopills.com

I shot the video on a Canon 5D MkIII with a Canon EF 600mm f/4L lens and a Canon 1.4x extender II, giving me a focal length of 840mm.

I've written up a blog on the planning and capturing of the video here: theartofnight.com/2014/01/moon-and-sunrise-the-byron-bay-experience/

The music, The Sky Above by Rhian Sheehan was used with permission. You can check out Rhian's latest album, "Stories from Elsewhere" and more of his amazing music here: rhiansheehan.com

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