1. The ISS Image Frontier - "Making the invisible visible" - extended 25 Minute Version

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    This is a NEW, 25 Minute Version of "The Image Frontier - Making the Invisible Visible", with previously unseen footage and lots of new scenes! (for the Version with German Subtitle go here: https://vimeo.com/79065488) A tribute to the International Space Station Program as well as Dr. Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut and ISS Astrophotographer, "Making the Invisible Visible" explores and celebrates the Art and challenges of Astrophotography orbiting earth Day and Night on board of the International Space Station. Don Pettit's innovative photographic work, and his passion for low light photography, has definitely changed the way we see earth from space. Accompanied with great background info on the challenges, techniques and motives of astrophotography aboard the ISS by Don's famous "Luminance" speech, previously unseen footage by Astronaut weaves a compilation of 4 special ISS timelapses ("intro", "startrails", "fisheye" and "aurorae") into a captivating visual experience. Welcome aboard the ISS - enjoy stunning photography, videos and timelapses from the Space Station! "Making the Invisible Visible" was screened, and received a "honorable mention" at the 6th annual "Imagine Science" Festival in NYC (Oct. 2013, http://www.imaginesciencefilms.org/festival/2013-film-awards/). Making-of the Video: http://www.christophmalin.com/wp01/2013/03/11/the-earth-from-above-my-new-iss-shortfilm-doc/ Some great intros and thoughts on the original film: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/11/time_lapse_video_incredible_video_of_earth_seen_from_the_space_station.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/making-the-invisible-visible-video-don-pettit-iss_n_2855892.html?utm_hp_ref=science http://www.seattlepi.com/mount-rainier/article/video-all-those-nasa-photos-of-earth-in-one-4344941.php Great interview with Don Pettit here: http://www.universetoday.com/96261/don-pettit-astronaut-mr-science-space-gardner-and-astrophotographer-extraordinaire/ Production notes: ISS footage render and Don Pettit Luminance Lecture excerpt edit: by Christoph Malin http://www.christophmalin.com http://www.twanight.org/cmalin Dr. Don Pettit lecture excerpts courtesy PhotoShelter Luminance Conference 2012 http://www.photoshelter.com/luminance ISS Stackings taken from my former Shortfilm "ISS TRONized" - http://vimeo.com/51499009 Special thanks to Dr. Don Pettit! Great Music - great Artists: "Old Red Shoe" - Baobab "Sleepy Hollow Cemetry" - Acoustic Version - Baobab Baobab - Phil Torres - http://baobabmusic.bandcamp.com "Stars" - Rx by Eero Joenrinne / Lucas www.soundoflucas.com Intro - "Reaching" - Jesse Hozeny Outro - "Eileen" - Lee_Rosevere Image courtesy of the image science & analysis lab / nasa johnson space center "the gateway to astronaut photography of earth" http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 ;) - oh, and please Nikon, how about a new version of the 2.8/8 mm Fisheye? It's time! About 15000 Frames of 80000 processed with LRTimelapse (http://www.lrtimelapse.com) Adobe Lightroom 5 Adobe Photoshop CC Adobe After Effects CC Cut & edited with Apple Final Cut Pro X Entirely rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro and iMac! Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (http://plightwithlight.org) one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA (http://darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! Visit our team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN (http://www.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 P.S.: Check some of my other short films: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Island in the Sky", http://vimeo.com/53845425/ "Urban - Mountain - Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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    • The ISS Image Frontier - "Making the invisible visible" - German Subtitle - extended Version

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      This is a NEW, 25 Minute Version of "The Image Frontier - Making the Invisible Visible", with previously unseen footage and lots of new scenes (Version without German Subtitles go here: https://vimeo.com/61083440)! A tribute to the International Space Station Program as well as Dr. Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut and ISS Astrophotographer, "Making the Invisible Visible" explores and celebrates the Art and challenges of Astrophotography orbiting earth Day and Night on board of the International Space Station. Don Pettit's innovative photographic work, and his passion for low light photography, has definitely changed the way we see earth from space. Accompanied with great background info on the challenges, techniques and motives of astrophotography aboard the ISS by Don's famous "Luminance" speech, previously unseen footage by Astronaut weaves a compilation of 4 special ISS timelapses ("intro", "startrails", "fisheye" and "aurorae") into a captivating visual experience. Welcome aboard the ISS - enjoy stunning photography, videos and timelapses from the Space Station! "Making the Invisible Visible" was screened, and received a "honorable mention" at the 6th annual "Imagine Science" Festival in NYC (Oct. 2013, http://www.imaginesciencefilms.org/festival/2013-film-awards/). Making-of the Video: http://www.christophmalin.com/wp01/2013/03/11/the-earth-from-above-my-new-iss-shortfilm-doc/ Some great intros and thoughts on the original film: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/11/time_lapse_video_incredible_video_of_earth_seen_from_the_space_station.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/making-the-invisible-visible-video-don-pettit-iss_n_2855892.html?utm_hp_ref=science http://www.seattlepi.com/mount-rainier/article/video-all-those-nasa-photos-of-earth-in-one-4344941.php Great interview with Don Pettit here: http://www.universetoday.com/96261/don-pettit-astronaut-mr-science-space-gardner-and-astrophotographer-extraordinaire/ Production notes: ISS footage render and Don Pettit Luminance Lecture excerpt edit: by Christoph Malin http://www.christophmalin.com http://www.twanight.org/cmalin Dr. Don Pettit lecture excerpts courtesy PhotoShelter Luminance Conference 2012 http://www.photoshelter.com/luminance ISS Stackings taken from my former Shortfilm "ISS TRONized" - http://vimeo.com/51499009 Special thanks to Dr. Don Pettit! Great Music - great Artists: "Old Red Shoe" - Baobab "Sleepy Hollow Cemetry" - Acoustic Version - Baobab Baobab - Phil Torres - http://baobabmusic.bandcamp.com "Stars" - Rx by Eero Joenrinne / Lucas www.soundoflucas.com Intro - "Reaching" - Jesse Hozeny Outro - "Eileen" - Lee_Rosevere Image courtesy of the image science & analysis lab / nasa johnson space center "the gateway to astronaut photography of earth" http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 ;) - oh, and please Nikon, how about a new version of the 2.8/8 mm Fisheye? It's time! About 15000 Frames of 80000 processed with LRTimelapse (http://www.lrtimelapse.com) Adobe Lightroom 5 Adobe Photoshop CC Adobe After Effects CC Cut & edited with Apple Final Cut Pro X Entirely rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro and iMac! Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (http://plightwithlight.org) one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA (http://darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! Visit our team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN (http://www.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 P.S.: Check some of my other short films: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Island in the Sky", http://vimeo.com/53845425/ "Urban - Mountain - Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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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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        • 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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          • Astronomer's Paradise

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            Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on! Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series. So cool: As mentioned by Dr. Brian May here (scroll down a bit): http://brianmay.com/whatsnew.html (Sat. Dec. 1st, 2012) On - National Geographic http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/ - Nikon Rumours! http://nikonrumors.com/2012/02/27/guest-post-astronomers-paradise-time-lapse-video.aspx/ NEW: Fine Art prints of this movie at: http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com/ Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world's leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory (www.eso.org) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the Paranal mountain, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry. Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are important elements of the VLT interferometer. Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust, feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky. Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer into tiny details in the deep cosmos using giant telescopes. This film is made with footage from the November 2011 TWAN imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). We photographed 14 nights in a row from usually 05:30 pm to 08:00 a.m. All video rights reserved by Christoph Malin (www.christophmalin.com) and Babak Tafreshi (btafreshi@twanight.org) of The World at Night (TWAN) program (www.twanight.org/tafreshi). The inside vista-observatory video is contributed by Stephane Guisard (www.astrosurf.com/sguisard). The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms (carbonbasedlifeforms.net). Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], write & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (ultimae.com). Equipment used by Christoph on assignment: - 2 Nikon D3s - 1 Nikon D700 - 1 Nikon D7000 - 2 AFS 12-24/2.8, 1 AFS 24-70/2.8, 1 AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, 1 AF DX 10/2.8 Fisheye - Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly with MX2 - Astrotrac AT320 X-AG and Merlin with MX2 Transitions done with Apple Aperture (see http://vimeo.com/35998334). Edited and rendered with Final Cut Pro 10, Motion and Compressor. Some re-edits recently done with LR4 and LRT for testing, fun!. About 35000 TimeLapse images processed, 7500 used for this part of "Astronomers Paradise". I hope we could at least capture the magic of this very special place a bit - this is how the night sky looks like, if people care about light pollution. And we need more people to do that. With best regards, Christoph Malin web // christophmalin.com facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com (fine art prints of this movie and others) http://twanight.org/cmalin

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            • Adventures after dark

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              Best viewed in Full HD, sound on! There is a city in the alps, that provides a great experience for both the locals and visitors. Innsbruck, Tyrol, located at the main route to Italy, Switzerland and Germany is surrounded by stunning 2500m+ Peaks and a couple of world class skiing areas. The best thing is: whenever you feel the need for a fresh air shock... within 20 minutes, you can go by the famous Nordkette cable car from the Cities centre at 570 m to the Hafelekar Mountain, at 2400 m. On the winter weekends and also during weekdays, Skiers, Skitourers, Skihikers and Sportsnuts in general crowd the Skiing- and Freeskiing areas around the City. “Adventures in the Dark” shows the contrast – Urban Innsbruck and the Villages below in the Valley, and the starry skies above it. Oh, and there's a "little" Power Grid failure in there, check also http://vimeo.com/36252589 if you can't see it... -30 degree, it was the coldest night in austria in 2011. Get ready for a cool Skitour! CHLLNGR aka Steven Jess Borth II and Producer Bam Spacey have provided the airy soundtrack: Bam Spaceys Desert Air mix http://soundcloud.com/chllngr Equipment: Nikon D4, D700, D7000, D3s, AFS 14-24/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AF 50/1.8, AF 16/2.8 and AF-DX 10/2.8 Fisheye. Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly, Vixen Polarie: http://www.vixen.co.jp/en/lp/polarie_movie.html Processing: Nikon View NX, Adobe Lightroom LR4, LRTimelapse, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X. As always: Dive in, put your earphones on and relax... Cheers. Christoph Malin That Guy with the Tent Christophmalin.com P.S.: Check some of my other films and projects: "The ISS Image Frontier", https://vimeo.com/61083440 “Island in the Sky”, http://vimeo.com/53845425 "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Urban Mountain Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 "ISS Tronized", http://vimeo.com/51499009 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com http://www.christophmalin.com

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              • Tutorial: How to re-create a missing or corrupt Frame with Final Cut Pro X Optical Flow / Interpolation

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                This first Video of the TWAN Academy shows how to re-create a missing / corrupt frame with Final Cut Pro X Optical Flow / Interpolation. It even works with two consecutive corrupt / missing frames in a sequence. More TWAN Academy Tutorials to come once in a while. ---------- It can happen: a timelapse or film sequence misses one or more frames out of, say 2000, because a storage device fails and creates corrupt files within a sequence. Or, for whatever reason, one needs to delete a sigle frame in a FCPX footage, and interpolate that frame from the before and after frame. Also called "left" and "right" frame, where the corrupt or to be re-created frame is the "middle" frame. Happened to me with a sequence folder of 3500 frames from the #ESOUltraHD Expedition. I tried various methodologies including After Effects and Twixtor to interpolate a new frame. But with these two hosts I ran into problems of preserving the color grading of the newly interpolated frame. So I found this Final Cut Pro X solution - it's optical flow rendering works way better than Twixtor and it is - typical FCPX - very fast and easy to use. See yourself. Preparations: a) Create the sequence *including* missing/corrupt frame(s) in whatever output format (Full HD, UHD, 4K, 5K, 6K etc) you need. Best is ProRes 444 HQ or 4444. Drag that sequence from finder into a new, empty FCPX project. b) Follow the tutorial. c) Export as new Sequence. Done. No one will notice that your sequence had corrupted / missing frames at all. With one exception: The long exposure streaks of Airplanes or Satellites will double in that one re-created frame. To avoid this, paint (clean / rotoscope) the left and right frame of Airplane / Satellite prior to interpolating it in FCPX. Cheers Christoph Malin Christophmalin.com Twanight.org/cmalin

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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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                  • PanSTARRS Expedition - March 15th, 2013, Oetztal - Austria

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                    Shortfilm of the Austrian TWANight.org PanSTARRS Expedition - a night with -25 degree celsius and gusty winds up to 45 km/h at the 3050 m high Gaislachkogel Mountain, Oetztal, Austria. In cooperation with the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, University Innsbruck and the Austrian Weather Service (ZAMG.ac.at). Until about March 28th, comet PanSTARRS will be visible above Austria in the northern hemisphere during dawn. Experts from Tyrol went up to the top of the 3055 m high "Gaislachkogel", a mountain in the Ötztal, to take night shots of our cosmic neighbour. Full story: The current weather situation in Tyrol was not appropriate for observing comet PanSTARRS in the third week of March. Therefore, well-known astrophotographer and ESO.org/ALMA foto ambassador Christoph Malin, astrophysicist Wolfgang Kausch, and worldwide expedition weather expert and mountain guide Michael Winkler from austrian weather service ZAMG searched for a location with a good sight to the comet. "We've investigated several mountains around Innsbruck in the Gschnitztal, Stubaital, and Ötztal, which seemed to be approppriate for the comet observations", said Wolfgang Kausch. "Michael Winkler created the weather forecast for these regions, and Christoph Malin the timetable for the observation itself". The final choice was the Gaislachkogel, which provides a good view towards north and west. "From this mountain we expected a good sight to the horizon, although being very cold (minus 25 degree celsius) with gusty winds up to 45 km/h", said Kausch. "Extremely cold conditions like that can lead to dangerous freezing, so we had to be careful and well equipped", adds Winkler. At 13:00 the final "GO" came from weather expert Michael Winkler, so the expedition had to hurry up to reach the top of the mountain. “At around 7:05 p.m. EXIF Data, the frames of my D4 showed the first appearance of the comet. A little bit later we discovered the comet with 8 x 52 Vixen binoculars, and a couple minutes later were able to see it with naked eye”, said Malin. Although the camera lenses were equipped with heaters against frost there remained technical challenges. Malin: “The Live view of our D7000 failed (test shots for prefocus necessary), and I had not seen LCD's of DSLRs stopping to respond since the last TWAN imaging expedition to the 5000 m high ALMA Chajnator plateau in 2011” (See also https://vimeo.com/33276404 and https://vimeo.com/36972668). After several hundred shots of the starry night sky the expedition ended at 01:00 with a night downhill skiing trip. Malin: “What a view, what a great moment! I will never forget the sight of this cosmic neighbour sinking into the clouds at the horizon (that tried to grab it ;)”. Kausch added: "Thanks to teamwork and perfect planning, it was a great adventure. And Many thanks go to Ötztal tourism and 'Bergbahnen Sölden' for their great support." Cameras: Nikon D7000 and Nikon D4 AFS 80-200/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AFS DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 G ED Score: An excerpt of The Planets - Gustav Holst - "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age" by the Berlin Philarmonic & Herbert Von Kararajan https://itunes.apple.com/album/the-planets/id388873706 Intro Movie courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 ;) Processing: LRTimelapse (http://www.lrtimelapse.com) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Adobe After Effects CS6 then cut & edited with Apple Final Cut Pro X Rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro! Finally, please be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (http://plightwithlight.org)! The Alps are not dark anymore - as you can see from the last frames in the Video. Support IDA (http://darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! Visit the TWAN team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN (http://www.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 P.S.: If you like, watch some of my other films: "ISS Image Frontier - Making the Invisible Visible", http://vimeo.com/61083440 "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Island in the Sky", http://vimeo.com/53845425/ "Urban - Mountain - Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 PS2: I don't mind a donation! facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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                    • The X-MAS Comet that wasn't

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                      The X-MAS Comet that wasn't ======================== A short film about a little expedition out of the inversion fog, to the Zillertal Alps - to watch Comet ISON rise... (for my earlier Comet PanSTARRS Video go here: https://vimeo.com/62033421) As usual by the time of year in the Alps, the villages in the valleys lay under a thick layer of fog called inversion, and on November 15th it was no different. But I had enough of the fog and wanted to catch a peek of comet ISON. Also I had to travel to Vienna the next morning to hold a timelapse workshop on the day after. Vienna = fog. So, after packing, I grabbed my gear and drove east to go high above the Zillertal to escape the fog. The road that would lead me high enough, I knew from an earlier session in 2010. But I was a bit anxious: The road would in the upper part be icy and snow covered, would I need to mount chains? No. I arrived at the place – located 1800 m high – around 1:30 a.m. And finally there were the clear skies and a great view to the east. I set the GBT rig for a time-lapse comet transition, estimated where ISON would appear and programmed a pan/tilt move to the right upwards (6D with 24-70/2.8 at 70 mm). It would later turn out that the pan was too slow so ISON would climb out of the image, but at least it’s in there for a while as I could see from GBT’s live preview. After the GBT Rig was running, I polar aligned the Polarie and dialed in the D800 with my dear old AFS Nikkor 80-200/2.8. The time was now 4:00 a.m. At around 4:30 a.m. my energy and concentration was clearly starting to fade and I somehow couldn’t spot the darn meteor. So I took a couple horizontal shots with the D800 and the 80-200 set to 80 mm, and there the comet was in all it’s early glory. My first sight was at 4:50, 16.11.13. Probably the comet had already been there for a couple of minutes, but I didn't recognize it. Amazing, how much more cameras do see. Around 6:00 am I was weary enough to let things run on automatic, and took a nap until 9:00 a.m. Packing gear up and after a careful drive down I was back home at 12:00 noon – with some ISON images for the family! After leave for Vienna, the fog had me again. But this time, with a smile. Sleep well little comet, it was a pleasure! Filmed with - Canon 6D, AFS 24-70/2.8 Nikkor (w Novoflex NT Adapter) - Nikon D800, AFS 80-200/2.8 - Vixen Polarie - Emotimo TB3 Black - GBTimelapse Cheers Christoph Malin P.S.: Check some of my other short films: "Astronomer's Paradise", http://vimeo.com/36972668 "Island in the Sky", http://vimeo.com/53845425/ "Urban - Mountain - Sky", http://vimeo.com/40969904 facebook.com/christoph.malin twitter.com/#!/christophmalin twanight.org/cmalin http://christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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