An annular solar eclipse swept across Australia on May 10, 2013. Together with 4 other fellow Malaysian astronomy hobbyists, we embarked on a road trip in Western Australia to chase the eclipse at it's best - a sunrise "ring of fire".
16 days, 4000km+ of road travel, the trip covered some of the most deserted and most beautiful places of Western Australia. Despite the unstable weather, we were blessed with an unforgettably jaw-dropping "ring of fire", mesmerisingly colourful moments when the sun dipped to the vast, flat Indian Ocean, and joyful nights when the milky way shined at its full glory far away from city lights.
This 5-minute-long video documents the entire trip in the form of time-lapse, including mostly my humble and amateurish attempts on day-to-night holy-grail transitions. Dolly movements and HDR techniques were used in certain footages. Few daytime footages were taken due to time constraints.
Special thanks to a Malaysian friend of mine for kindly lending his Canon 16-35 lens to me.
Overall the footages can't really do justice to the real scenes we saw, and some truly amazing photo-opporutunities were ruined by wet weather. Anyways one needs to be physically there to enjoy the best of a solar eclipse, and, this beautiful state of Australia.
Equipments and Software:
- Canon 5D Mark II x 2
- Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
- Canon EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM
- Canon EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
- Dynamic Perception Stage-One Dolly System for motion control
- GBTimelapse for bulb-ramping control
Musics: (both are royalty-free and licensed under Creative Common LIcense)
- mindthings - Human Feelings (jamendo.com/en/track/96702/human-feelings)
- Sky & Clouds - Gyro Experiment 1 (jamendo.com/en/track/512205/gyro-experiment-1)