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I've just written a post called "17 Things I Learnt Time-Lapsing the Milky-Way"

You can read it at the link below.


Filmed over 12 days in August 2011, this is the Tongariro National Park by night.

Being a Wedding Filmmaker the winter is the down season for me so I took some time out to try my hand at time-lapse photography. This is my first attempt at filming time lapse's, And I soon found out filming the milky way at night gets a whole lot more tricky.

I had some new gear I had just purchased to try out so I was stoked to give that a go. I had a few gear issues on my first few nights but turns out it was more 'operator' issues and once I had learn't my lessons I was away flying!

I learn't so much over everyone of the 12 days filming. I had no idea how much work goes into creating a film like this. Preparation is so important and having good time management (which isn't always my strength) goes a long way to getting great footage. The sun, moon and milky way wait for no one. Then when you do finally get the timing right, the clouds get in the way. grrr. Ruined my moonrise!

All in all, I had an epic time and although improvements could have defiantly been made I'm stoked with what I achieved for my first attempt at this type of photography.

Technical Notes:

Most exposures ranged from 30-60 seconds at 1600ISO and spanned 2-4 hours. This gave me 4-8 seconds of time lapsed footage.

Captured on Canon DSLR's
EOS 550D

EFS 10-22mm (80% of the film was captured with this lens)
EF 24mm f1.4L
EF 50mm f1.4
EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II

Manfrotto Tripod Legs and Heads.
Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly with elektraDRIVE motion control
DitoGear DryEye System (a must have for shooting at night)

One Eveready torch and a couple of LED Lamps to light up the foreground.

Music by M83: Moonchild
Buy it here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/moonchild/id46086466?i=46086387

Anyway I hope you like it!

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