1. Blackout City

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    from Nicholas Buer / Added

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    In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summers night. I started shooting this project back in August 2013 and have been slowly gathering footage when conditions were right. Although each shot in this film is a composite, all footage is real. The city shots were captured during the day and processed to look like night and the night sky shots were captured from dark locations around the South of England to ensure that the stars are astronomically correct for the latitude of London. I have also processed the astro shots to be more sympathetic to what the naked eye would see in terms of saturation and detail. The internet is saturated with well-processed images of the Milky Way that show phenomenal colour that are the result of fantastic low light DSLR technology. Don’t get me wrong I love these images, I am one of the people who endeavours to create them! But in reality the Milky Way does not look like this; so in order to make this film more believable I have chosen to process the shots this way. I first got the idea for the film when I read an article about a blackout in LA in 1994 where people called 911 reporting these strange clouds floating in the sky, those clouds where in fact the Milky Way. It made me think about how the lights from cities have made many of us lose our connection to the night sky. We live in a fast paced man-made world whereby it is all too easy for us to become disconnected from the natural world around us, isolated from what is actually real. There are many other aspects of the human condition that this film could touch upon which could make its’ intentions appear somewhat complicated, but is essence the film's agenda could not be more simple; to inspire people to get away from the city lights, go somewhere quiet on a star-filled night and simply look up. This project is purely non-profit but I would love the opportunity take the Blackout City idea to different metropolises across the globe as each city with it's specific latitude will reveal a different sky. If anyone thinks they can help to make this happen please connect with me through the links below: To see more of my work please visit: www.nicholasbuer.com For direct enquires please mail me at: contact@nicholasbuer.com You can connect/follow me on all the usual social media sites: facebook.com/nicholasbuerphotography instagram.com/nicholasbuer twitter.com/nicholasbuer 500px.com/nicholasbuer Main track is by The American Dollar ‘As We Float’ (Ambient) Licensed at: www.theamericandollar.info/licensing For motion control I used the Stage One Dolly System by Dynamic Perception www.dynamicperception.com © Nicholas Buer 2014

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    • Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2013

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      from Babak Tafreshi / Added

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      The winners and notable photos of the 4th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (info@twanight.org) for any other use. The music is by sound artist Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com). Winner photos and more information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest

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      • Stunning Night Sky Images: Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2014

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        from Babak Tafreshi / Added

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        The winners and notable photos of the 5th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (www.twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (info@twanight.org) for any other use. The music is by sound artist Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com). Winner photos and more information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest Also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXnYDYYdjSQ

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        • City Lights To Dark Skies - International Dark Sky Week 2014

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          from Mark Gee / Added

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          'City Lights To Dark Skies' is my contribution to this years International Dark Sky Week, which runs from the 20 - 26 April 2014. I spend a lot of time photographing the night sky and have seen many of the negative effects that light pollution can have. So I thought one of the best ways to educate people about light pollution would be to show them the difference between a light polluted city sky and a dark sky with little or no light pollution. I used time-lapse photography to demonstrate this, and spent many hours in different lighting conditions capturing the footage. The footage was shot around the Wellington and Wairarapa region on the North Island of New Zealand. We are very lucky here, as the light pollution around Wellington itself is no where near as bad as it is in larger cities such as New York, London or Sydney. Wellington is surrounded by hills, so a lot of the light pollution is contained within, and you can travel just 20 minutes out of the city center to find skies dark enough to view the Milky Way with the naked eye. I also traveled to locations with varying degrees of dark skies. From locations with moderate light pollution to the darkest of skies miles from anywhere in the Wairarapa - it was an interesting exercise to see what is visible in the night sky as you go from place to place. During my time as an astrophotographer, I have spoken to many people from around the world who have been interested in my photographs and videos. I was truly shocked when some of them said to me that they have never seen the Milky Way with their own eyes before. I did some further research into this and found that more than one fifth of the world population, two thirds of the US population and one half of the European Union population have already lost naked eye visibility of the Milky Way! This is a real shame, and the knock on effects of light pollution can be a lot more serious than just not being able to see the stars at night. Finally, I urge you to go check out the International Dark Sky Association. You can access their website at http://www.darksky.org and also the International Dark Sky Week webpage at http://www.darksky.org/resources/109-international-dark-sky-week Here they have a lot of information on the effects of light pollution, and what can be done in your community to combat it. And during International Dark Sky Week, do yourself a favor and head out of the cities for some star gazing. It can be a truly humbling experience, especially if you haven't done it before. It's certainly a release for me from every day life...after all, life without dark skies - you don't know what you are missing... http://theartofnight.com/2014/04/city-lights-to-dark-skies-international-dark-sky-week-2014/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The music, Nocturne 1985, 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: http://rhiansheehan.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to know more? Follow me here: http://theartofnight.com http://facebook.com/markgphoto http://plus.google.com/+MarkGee http://500px.com/markg

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          • Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2012

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            from Babak Tafreshi / Added

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            The winners and notable photos of the third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month (www.astrowb.org) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights. The images in this video are copyrighted by the photographers. Feel free to share the video (embedding or sharing the link) to promote the contest announcement in non-commercial way. Permission is needed from TWAN (info@twanight.org) for any other use. The music is a remix of Thomas Nordwest (www.thomasnordwest.com) - Galaxy Of Obscured Lovestars, Carbon Based Lifeforms (www.carbonbasedlifeforms.net) - Twentythree, Aes Dana – Perimeters, Ultimae Records (www.ultimae.com). More information on the contest page: www.twanight.org/contest

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            • Rise of Milky Way and Venus in Singapore

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              from Justin Ng Photo / Added

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              This is probably the first timelapse movie of Milky Way ever filmed in Singapore on 28 February 2014 because the major city is known for its heavy light polluted skies and it is not surprising that many people would think it's impossible to capture these images here. This movie aims to prove the popular belief wrong and it hopes to inspire more astrophotographers residing in heavily light polluted cities to try to unveil the beauty of the elusive Milky Way Galaxy. The images in the timelapse movie were stretched so it appears noisy but its individual frame doesn't look as bad and the noise can actually be managed. The light pollution below can also be resolved using a filter but I don't have it with me at the time of filming the timelapse and if I were to use it, I will have to introduce extra steps to bring out the details of the trees. The quality of the night sky timelapse filmed under a heavily light polluted skies can never beat those taken in dark rural places but if you do try hard enough, you will be rewarded with unique night sky images, once thought to be impossible to photograph. Visit http://www.justinngphoto.com/2014/02/28/milky-way-galaxy-and-venus-in-singapore/ to see other still shots taken in the same location. Check out the longer version of my timelapse edited by Space.com at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME7LysqbZ6Q

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              • Light Painting Video Effect Tutorial

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                This is a quick tutorial explaining how to create a Light Graffiti effect with basic After Effects and Photoshop tools. Subscribe to our channel for more tutorials, cool videos and tips Note: This is not for beginners. Our Light Pollution video using this technique - https://vimeo.com/60926322 Link to download the footage used in this tutorial - http://www.mediafire.com/?a68yryjx565zbnx Link to the downloadable script needed - http://aescripts.com/sequencelayers A tutorial about the hologram bird coming soon. Produced by SFST - http://sfst.com Tutorial by Joanny Causse - http://jocausse.com Music by Mr Troy - https://soundcloud.com/mr-troy

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                • Hidden Costs of Light Pollution

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                  http://sfst.com Check out this video about Light Pollution using different Light Painting techniques, timelapses and hologram. Credit Production - SFST Executive producers - Michael Gaston & Blaine Ludy Directors - Jason Hakala & Joanny Causse Painters - Nancy Taing / Rosie Heffernan / Stephanie Kwiatt Post-production - Jason Hakala / Nancy Taing / Joanny Causse Script & Voice over - Michael Gaston Music - The Octopus Project Want to know how to do Light Painting in video? follow us on vimeo and click here: https://vimeo.com/63833120

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                  • Shiny Shanghai

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                    from Joerg Daiber / Added

                    Shanghai is the new New York City. Sort of a mixture of Futurama NYC and Gotham City. A time-lapse film by Joerg Daiber. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiniatureFilms Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/spoonfilm YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/littlebigworld Web: http://www.spoonfilm.com For embedding you these sites: http://youtu.be/yOvNGts1Qag or http://dai.ly/x125xfy You can license raw footage clips from the Little Big World series here: http://www.gettyimages.de/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=de&family=creative&p=spoonfilm&assetType=film Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata & Fugue WATCH FULL SCREEN! Shot with Lumix GH2, Gorillapod, 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lumix Lenses. Postproduction with Adobe Creative Production Suite.

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                    • Nocturnal Sugar

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                      from Ben Lean / Added

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                      Best Viewed in HD(1920x1080) Timelapse sequences shot summer 2012 at Sugar Beach, Toronto Ontario. Sugar Beach is a great place to soak up the afternoon sun, but things become much more vibrant when the sun goes down. Music by Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com/ "Cephalopod" "Cut and Run" Gear: eMotimo TB3 Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly + MX2 Canon 7D, 40D, T3i Sigma 30mm, 10-20mm, 10mm Fisheye, 17-70mm Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Tokina 11-16mm https://twitter.com/CityPinesFilms

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