While I was working a night on the 2350 m high Hafelekar Mountain above Innsbruck, Austria, taking footage for a my "Adventures after Dark" time lapse movie (vimeo.com/55853764) it was a quarter moon, windy, bitter cold night with peaks around -30 degree.

The Hafelekar Mountain is located near the Nordkettenbahn Cablecar which catapults the Tourist from the City of Innsbruck (676 m) up to over 2000 m (Hafelekar Bergstation). It offers a fantastic 360 degree view over the Karwendel Mountain Range north towards Munich, to the Stubaier and Tuxer Alpen and far up south to the Brenner Pass.

So, when I processed the Timelapse footage, I didn't trust my eyes: I had spotted two power grid failures on the city streets :). Both don't last long, just about 40 seconds each.

According to the timestamp on the 2.5 sec exposed D3s frames...

First failure:
02.09:05 am to 02.09:50 am

Second failure:
02.32:02 am to 02.32:47

Rig: Nikon D3s, 2.5 sec exposure, f2.8, AFS 14-24/2.8 on 14 mm, Merlin Head, DP MX2 Controller.

All the best
Christoph Malin

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