1. Innsbruck - Happy New Year 2015!

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    Innsbruck - Happy New Year 2015!! Music by Wiener Hofburg Orchester - hofburgorchester.at - Johann Strauss - "An der schönen blauen Donau" - Der Donauwalzer Have a great 2015! Like last Years Clip (https://vimeo.com/83191718), here's a CHEERS to everyone: Innsbruck - Years Change to 2015, seen from above the many villages and mountains surrounding Innsbruck, Austria. Midnight and new year happens in the still frame I extended for a couple seconds. As we had many family activities that afternoon and evening, I sneaked out with very little time at hand and just as quickly as possible set up one T-bot stand alone, autonomous, and collected it the next morning at 11:00 am. Wish I could have had it run a little bit longer until sunrise on the snow face in front of it, but that's how it is. Family has priority! Captured with: Canon 6D, GBTimelapse, MacBookAir 13", Emotimo, Novoflex, Peli, Intecro LiIon Powerbanks. 3070 RAW Frames processed with: LRTimelapse, Lightroom, After Effects, FCPX and FlickerFree Have a great year 2015 and many clear skies! Cheers! Christoph Malin

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    • The ESO Observatories: Atacama Transitions and Landscapes under the Southern Sky

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      Available for Licensing in up to 5K ------------- There is no better Sky than in the Atacama Desert - especially at the outstanding ESO Observatories. Men's outpost to Space Observation - especially Cerro Paranal is for sure a Modern Stonehenge. Whenever I watch this Vid I get reminded about how marvelous an unspoiled Night Sky looks - and how silent the Atacama is. While we set up Equipment we are all busy, but at the Moment when everything is programmed and the Cameras start to capture the Moments all over the Night and Day, it is time to relax and enjoy seeing the Sun dive from the Desert Sky into the Pacific. These are the most beautiful Sunsets you usually only see from an Airplane at 10000 m... colorful, striking, mind bending - these olors of the Sky burn into your brain forever. And then, when you think that these epic Moments can never be beaten again by something else, the Stars come up, sparkling, twinkling, glittering, like Diamonds, followed by the Southern Sky Milky Way, that seems so bright and brilliant (Eye adaption!), that you can see your own Shadow on the Ground. And while you walk around or just lay on the Ground, you realize you don't need a flashlight. The Starlight illuminates the Environment for you. It is ancient Light, so precious - yet we waste it with our light polluted Cities. The Starry Sky above, the Red Desert below, it feels like being on Mars, close to Space, and you get lost, wondering where our place in the Universe is. And how small we and our Problems in fact are. Later, driving back from somewhere remote out in the Desert, the 4x4 set to parking Lights to not disturb the Observatories, you can even see the Milky Way from inside the car (what about a convertible next time ;). driving to locations trough the wide open, lonely Desert at Night, one can easily navigate with the Stars, and one can clearly see the Magellanic Clouds behind the Steering Wheel. it's simply awesome - always makes me feel like riding a little Space Ship. All these feelings are simply overwhelming, and all I can do is my best to share them with this little Video. So put up the Volume (or watch mute with your own Music of choice) and enjoy a collection of great and unique Day to Night to Day transitions from the #ESOUltraHD Expedition (http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/) combined with some great Moby Tracks - I love the tunes. Thanks to Mobygratis.com - awesome! Some other facts: The #ESOUltraHD Expedition meant: Three ESO Observatories in two Weeks, Cerro Paranal, ALMA, La Silla, from 2000 to 5000 m Altitude. Quite a task, but we made it thanks to a great team. I left most of the Transitions at their original Speed (25 fps) for Visual Enjoyment. No Rush. And while watching, you discover a lot of (atmospheric) Phenomena and Sky Objects in there... to name a few: Cosmic Rays ("Cosmics" - white pixel streaks), Meteor Persistent Trails, Airglow, Satellites, Airplanes, Atmospheric Gravity Waves... And no - yes I get these questions but I don't mind - no UFOs. None that I know of. There is some unavoidable Camera shake in some of the Segments, well, after all it can be very windy and stormy in the Atacama, and there is not much you can do about it. Not much shelter in that open Landscape. Filmed with: Canon 1DC and 6D AFS Nikon 14-24/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and Sigma 8/3.5 Circular Fisheye using custom made Novoflex EOS/Nik NT Adapters Controlled with: GBTimelapse and mechanical Aperture Stepping - True Holy Grail! Autonomous Operation at up to 5000 m Altitude... for up to 20 hours Novoflex Tripods Intecro Power banks Peli Cases Vaude Gear Emotimo TB3s Vixen Polarie MacBook Air and Retina (up to 5050 m Altitude) Color Grading with LRTimelapse and LR5, rendered with AE CC Lightning fast data transfers with Angelbird SS2Go's Fast & smooth rendering with my MacBookPro Retina and iMacs Cut & Edit with FinalCutProX using CoreMelt and FlickerFree Observatories: Cerro Paranal, ALMA, La Silla. Thanks to Herbert Zodet, Babak Tafreshi, Yuri Beletsky and Lars Lindberg Christensen and my Family and many Friends and Supporters for making this happen. Many many thanks to Mike Posehn for making the invisible visible and the impossible possible. Cheers Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com PS: Watch the Meteor Persistent Trail at 58:02 above Cerro Paranal

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      • NEW PROTO: GBTimelapse / Emotimo Aperture Ramping with Nikon G-Lenses

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        (Full story here: http://wp.me/p3HcqF-jV) Dear all, as a nature doc timelapse cameraman, I've done quite some timelapse transitions in the past, and it has been fun. Mostly ;) I still enjoy doing and teaching them in a classic ramping style using great tools like DSLRdashboard, and LRTimelapse with it's awesome keyframe ramping/grading features. And there are many more tools and gadgets on this emerging cinematic field. However, since many moons there is one system on the Market, that outperforms them all: Mike Posehn's GBTimelapse (with EMOTIMO). At start this powerful program may seem difficult and complex and it's Windows based, but after a while using it I love it. GBT is beautifully thought out in every detail, and extremely powerful where it count's most: excellent results and ease of post processing. Additionally, used with Brian Burlings EMOTIMO head (tuned with GBT firmware), GBTimelapse shows an outstanding performance. Perfect for demanding documentary filmmakers and timelapse creators. As a long time fan of the AFS Nikkor 14-24/2.8 (best Contrast, Coma, Aberration and Sharpness performance - especially at open aperture) and many more Nikon G-Lenses, I wanted to use GBT's legendary AutoRamp cine feature, introduced this summer, but with Nikon's aperture ring less G-Lenses. Mike's new Cine Auto Ramping with the EMOTIMO's 3rd Axis control, enables perfect, GPS backed, sunset-sunrise ramping: Not only ISO and Shutter (extremely smooth with excellent bulb accuracy) are ramped, but also the APERTURE is ramped too. Deflickered and controlled in realtime via a very clever algorithm. Furthermore, the timelapse in progress can be controlled at all times in GBT's preview window. So - Voila! The first G-Lens cine prototype adapter is here with me, out on the mountains working whenever possible, thanks to Novoflex of Germany, which got in at the Project. What was first a draft of an adapter cine interface on a piece of paper turned after some months into a great prototype. See the prototype in action in the Video. If you are interested, drop me a note at my website Christophmalin.com. I am evaluating having more of these Novoflex G-Lens cine adapters produced, but first I need an idea how many of you would be interested. Hardware: - Emotimo TB3 black - Novoflex Macro Slider - 6D, AFS Nikkor 14-24/2.8 - Novoflex Cine Prototype - Apple MacBook Air (Parallels Windows 7) All the best Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com

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        • ISS Startrails - TRONized

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          Please note: ISS Tronized is now part of a spectacular ISS Documentary: "ISS Image Frontier - making the invisible visible" - with Dr. Don Pettit / NASA Astronaut! https://vimeo.com/61083440! --- Do you remember 1982's "TRON" movie? The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships... Back in the real word the ISS is in a way one of these solar ships, constantly rotating around us. A tiny white spot, as it can be seen racing over the sky from time to time, when illuminated by the sunset (and sunrise ;). This Video was achived by "stacking" image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station (see also http://www.fragileoasis.org/blog/2012/3/on-the-trails-of-stars/). These "stacks" create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors - patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible. The many oversaturated hot pixels in some of the scenes are the inevitable result of ultrahigh ISO settings the Nikon D3s in ISS-use are pushed to for keeping exposure times short by all means (owed to the dramatic speed the ISS travels). As there are no dark frames or RAW data currently available, hot pixels are not easy to remove. After the initial stacking, all images have been sequenced with Apple Motion and the Video cut and edited with Final Cut Pro X. Stacking done with StarStaX, get it here: markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html This Video would also not have been possible without that great minimal soundtrack "Eileen" by Lee Rosevere (http://members.shaw.ca/happypuppyrecords/index.html) that totally nailed the mood, as well as a short clip of "Window #3" by Two Bicycles (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Two_Bicycles/Beko_Crash_Symbols_1/07_Window_3). VIMEO MUSIC STORE ROCKS! All sequences and images courtesy "The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth", Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/ Closing sequence © Christoph Malin / ESO.org / filmed at Cerro Paranal. Thanks a lot to my favourite bad Astronomer, Phil Plait at BadAstronomy for first posting the film (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/16/my-god-its-full-of-star-trails/) and many many thanks to Vimeo for the Staff Pick! A truckload of thanks go out to NASA astronaut Don Pettit (http://www.petapixel.com/2012/06/25/astronaut-don-pettit-floating-with-his-huge-camera-collection-on-the-iss/) and his colleagues for taking these images, and making films like this one reality! Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (http://www.plightwithlight.org/index.php?id=49&L=1) one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA (http://www.darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! And don't forget, it is your tax money that lights up the sky! Oh, and visit my friends at the UNESCO Project TWAN (http://twanight.org) for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky! Always believe in your dreams and make it possible! All the best, Christoph Malin christophmalin.com PS: At about 1:42 you see Comet "Lovejoy" rising... PS2: Be sure to check out my other Movies: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 - featured on National Geographic "The Island - Teaser", http://vimeo.com/27539860 - featured on NG "Urban Mountain Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 - featured on Discovery Channel "Black Hole Sun", http://vimeo.com/24149087, featured on NG facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin

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          • Polarie Star Tracker Tutorial Video

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            Hi all, here is our new TWANight.org Tutorial Video (Version with German Supdtitle) about the next big thing in popular Astrophotography: The "Polarie" Star Tracker. The Polarie is a fun to use compact, lightweight, reliable Star Tracker. We use it very often for landscape astrophotography. Hopefully more and more people will get into Astrophotography with this cool star tracker. And I also hope that this Tutorial brings over some fascination of Starscape / Landscape Astrophotography. Cut and edit with Final Cut Pro X, filmed in Saarlouis / GER at TWAN Headquarters and Innsbruck / AUT. Enjoy Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com web // christophmalin.com facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin order amazing prints of this movie and others at: christophmalin.zenfolio.com/ twanight.org/newTWAN/photographers_about.asp?photographer=Christoph%20Malin

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            • Midsummer Mountainfires / Tyrol

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              Midsummer Mountainfires celebrating Summer solstice, share a long tradition amongst Tyrol country. All fires are closely supervised by trained Mountaineers and Firemen. So, for over 100 years those fires have not been the cause for any large Woodfire or the like. Mostly also because 70% of them are located at rocky Mountain Peaks around Tyrol above the Treeline. Filmed with Nikon D700, D7000. All the best Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com web // christophmalin.com facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin order amazing prints of this movie at: http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com/ http://twanight.org/newTWAN/photographers_about.asp?photographer=Christoph%20Malin © Christoph Malin 2012

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              • Urban. Mountain. Sky. A new view on Innsbruck (Director's Cut) - Innsbruck Cinema Premiere Edition

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                Tyrol Documentary Filmer Christoph Malin, an extreme Mountainbiker, Skier and Snowboarder since 20 years, has produced this spectacular new view on Innsbruck at night and dawn, seen from the surrounding Peaks, Villages and Valleys. This "Director's Cut" version features a special Intro (filmed with Nikon's new D4) which shows Malin mountainbike riding the famous "Nordkette CableCar Support No 3" part of the “Nordkette Singletrail” at night. The "Nordkette Singletrail" is Europe’s most spectacular Mountainbike Trail, which Malin founded and developed in 2004 with Christian Piccolruaz (both with Vertriders.com) in cooperation with the City of Innsbruck and the Nordkettenbahn CableCar Company. UMS "Directors Cut" also features a "Takeout's and Fails" section after the Main segment, showing what can go wrong during such a production. The great Soundtrack Tune "Way over Yonder" was especially produced for this Video by TinyType, an Artist based in Tyrol. Tiny Type releases internationally, and his label can be found at http://www.audiocalligraphy.com. „Urban. Mountain. Sky." takes great measure in showing the beautiful starry skies and breathtaking scenery after sunset, that are still to be enjoyed in Tyrol. While Innsbruck and the surrounding areas of course suffer from the lightpollution a City this size creates (see my older project "black hole sun"), the skies are still very nice once there are clear nights. The task is now to conserve at least this status we have now, to not loose the nightsky forever. The Short Film was produced during 8 months with special TimeLapse film techniques using ultra sensitive Cameras, and is based on over 35000 images. Some objects to be seen during the film: There are Milky Way, Orion, the Plejades, Meteors, Andromeda, Satellite Flashes, Traffic Streams in the Valleys, traditional Mountain Fires at Summer Solstice, Earth Hour Party at Innsbruck’s Golden Rooftop (02:25), a Meteor Persistent Train (around 04:38) as well as many Aeroplanes on their way over the Alps. At about 05:04 one see's the Brenner Autobahn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brennerautobahn). It is also seen at about 04:12 (filmed from the 2400 m high Patscherkofel Mountain above Innsbruck, together with a Thunderstorm on the horizon), or at 03:52. Basically filmed at the same mountain with very bad light pollution (yellow band) provided by Northern Italy (not filtered by cloud layers). Around 04:22 is a famous scene with Innsbruck and the Milky Way… I once heard from a renown Astronomer that the other City in the world of about the same size that provides a similar quality of the MW during nights with clear skies is: Tucson, Arizona. Victor Franz Hess, who discovered cosmic rays, actually studied them high above Innsbruck at his cosmic ray observatory (http://www.uibk.ac.at/astro/observatory/hafelekar/index.html.en) at the 2450 m high Innsbruck Hafelekar mountain, which is part of the Karwendel Mountain Range, that hosts the “Alpenpark Karwendel”, a bit similar to a State National Park. Actually at the Intro Sequence (around 01:44) I was just about 600 vertical meters below Hess’ observatory, and at the end sequence around 04:57, the observatory is just right of the upper mountain light (Hafelekar Cable Car Mountain Station) in the middle of the images. The odd object from about 03:34 are lens flares, and I hope you noted the Mountain Goat appearing at the most upper right hand side of the images, during that sequence. While capturing images, I could hear the goat, but couldn’t recognize it. Filmed with Nikon D3s, D7000 and D7000, AFS 24-70/2.8, 14-24/2.8, AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, AF 50/1.8, AFS 500/4, AFS 80-200/2.8. The Mountainbike Scenes are filmed with Nikon’s new amazing low light flagship, the Nikon D4. Enjoy! Christoph Malin web // christophmalin.com facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin get amazing prints of this movie at: http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com/ http://twanight.org/cmalin/

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                • Meteor Persistent Train and Atmospheric Gravity Waves, Atacama Desert, Chile

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                  This footage was taken during a TWANight.org / ESO photo expedition at the Atacama Desert, Chile. First footage was shot near the Chajnator Plateau (ALMA Site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_Large_Millimeter_Array) at an Altitude of approx 3800 m. It shows two phenomenom: 1) Two "meteor persistent trains" in the atmosphere which move away during the several frames of continuous shots to make this video. The smog-like faint clouds are glowing ionized atoms because of the meteoroid encounters with the upper atmosphere. After some moments each train is spread by the high altitude winds. 2) Atmospheric Gravity Waves (see http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/atmos/gj_science.html) Second footage was shot near Paranal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Paranal). It shows a MPT footage taken from two different angles. International Astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi of Twanight.org and me were on a all-night-imaging session, taking starry night footage at a beautiful desert location at an altitude of approx. 2400 m. I had just taken a short nap in the tent, and was now walking around nearby. Two Nikon D3s were pointing east to the tent, one mounted on a Dynamic Perception dolly with a AFS 14-24/2.8 set to 14 mm, the other in the distance with a AFS 24-70/2.8 set to 70 mm, when a Meteor (approx. magnitude -4) lit up. After long nights of imaging, it is always again a real pleasure to see something like this on the footage. Please note: The footage is partly enlarged. You may slow down the video or watch image by image to see the effect. In the opposite to the first version of the video I did not interpolate (slow down) the footage anymore to keep the real TL pictures. Cameras: Nikon D3s, AFS 24-70/2.8, ISO 3200 Nikon D3s, AFS 14-24/2.8, ISO 5000 Enjoy, Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com

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