This was filmed between 26 May 2012 and 6 June 2012. I first visited Mount Bromo in April 2012 for 2 nights and I was so fascinated by the many possibilities that this amazing landscape can offer and so I decided to revisit Mount Bromo and made my first time-lapse movie there.
My goal was to capture the beautiful milky way galaxy and sun rise along with the 3 volcanoes namely Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and Mount Batok.
On 28 May 2012, I encountered one of the rare scenes where Mount Semeru was spewing red lava smoke under the milky way galaxy. Look at 01:33 to watch Mount Semeru in action.
On 2 June 2012, I captured the moon setting right in the middle of Mount Bromo and Mount Batok and the milky way galaxy became more obvious gradually. Look at 00:49 to watch the moonset in action.
On 3 June 2012, I was hit by a sandstorm when I was shooting on Mount Bromo and the strong wind had toppled two of my cameras and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. But to my surprise, the two cameras managed to capture more than 5 seconds worth of photos before they collapsed. Look at 02:10 to watch the sandstorm in action!
On 4 June 2012, it was a full moon night and I encountered one of the rare scenes where the volcanoes were partially covered by the hovering mid clouds and I captured the entire moon set. Look at 00:08 to watch the moving mid clouds in slow motion or look at 01:48 to watch the full moonset in action, which took me 8 hours to capture the whole process.
On 5 June 2012, knowing that the moon will set simultaneously as the sun rise, I spent more than 8 hours to capture this scene. Look at 01:18 to watch the sunrise and moonset in action simultaneously.
In addition to managing rapid changing lighting conditions, shooting long hours under extremely cold and windy conditions and resolving condensation issues were the biggest challenges I faced during the shoot.
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7 Jan 2013: The video cover photo made it into the news headlines in National Geographic! - news.nationalgeographic.com/news/billions-of-earthlike-planets-found-in-milky-way/
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky.ORG - earthsky.org/earth/video-time-lapse-capture-of-mount-bromo-volcano
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky Facebook Page - facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151213076526853&set=a.61619521852.81951.36709031852&type=1&theater
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com site - space.com/19634-milky-way-meets-indonesian-volcanoes-in-stunning-time-lapse-video.html
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com Facebook Page - facebook.com/spacecom/posts/520950391261270
Apr 2013: Visit vimeo.com/63073536 for a 90 seconds trailer I've created and published for the first time.
Apr 2013: Sony World Photography Awards 2013 (Timelapse) - Grand Prize
Apr 2013: PDN Photo Annual - Winner of the Year 2013
Jul 2013: I have developed a simple web-based astro tool to track milkyway. Do visit justinngphoto.com/astro to check it out.
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