1. Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on!
    Atacama Starry Nights: Episode I
    Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series.

    So cool: As mentioned by Dr. Brian May here (scroll down a bit): brianmay.com/whatsnew.html (Sat. Dec. 1st, 2012)

    On
    - National Geographic newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/21/new-time-lapse-gives-rare-glimpse-at-atacamas-starry-nights/
    - Nikon Rumours! nikonrumors.com/2012/02/27/guest-post-astronomers-paradise-time-lapse-video.aspx/

    NEW: Fine Art prints of this movie at: christophmalin.zenfolio.com/

    Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world's leading telescopes.

    Operated by the European Southern Observatory (eso.org) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the Paranal mountain, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry.

    Four smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, are important elements of the VLT interferometer.

    Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust, feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky.

    Paranal was selected for cutting edge astronomical observations also because of the sky transparency and steady atmospheric condition which let astronomers peer into tiny details in the deep cosmos using giant telescopes.

    This film is made with footage from the November 2011 TWAN imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). We photographed 14 nights in a row from usually 05:30 pm to 08:00 a.m.

    All video rights reserved by Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com) and Babak Tafreshi (btafreshi@twanight.org) of The World at Night (TWAN) program (twanight.org/tafreshi).
    The inside vista-observatory video is contributed by Stephane Guisard (astrosurf.com/sguisard).

    The music is by Carbon Based Lifeforms (carbonbasedlifeforms.net). Song Arecibo extract from the album [Twentythree], write & produced by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, published by Ultimae (ultimae.com).

    Equipment used by Christoph on assignment:

    - 2 Nikon D3s
    - 1 Nikon D700
    - 1 Nikon D7000
    - 2 AFS 12-24/2.8, 1 AFS 24-70/2.8, 1 AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, 1 AF DX 10/2.8 Fisheye
    - Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly with MX2
    - Astrotrac AT320 X-AG and Merlin with MX2

    Transitions done with Apple Aperture (see vimeo.com/35998334). Edited and rendered with Final Cut Pro 10, Motion and Compressor. Some re-edits recently done with LR4 and LRT for testing, fun!. About 35000 TimeLapse images processed, 7500 used for this part of "Astronomers Paradise".

    I hope we could at least capture the magic of this very special place a bit - this is how the night sky looks like, if people care about light pollution. And we need more people to do that.

    With best regards,
    Christoph Malin

    web // christophmalin.com
    facebook.com/christoph.malin
    twitter.com/#!/christophmalin
    christophmalin.zenfolio.com (fine art prints of this movie and others)
    twanight.org/cmalin

    # vimeo.com/36972668 Uploaded
  2. Between January 23. and 29. I was again in Norway for shooting northern lights. This time I was very lucky, there was a lot of activity on the sky especially on the 24 January. The scenes are from Ravnastua, Skoganvarre and Lakselv. The first two days I had a lot of trouble with frozen Cameras. It was -25°C (-13°F) and after 1-2 hours of shooting the lens was frozen.

    I used a Canon 5D MarkII with ML, a 7D and a 550D with ML. All the scenes were shoot with this 3 lenses: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L on 5D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on 7D and my Samyang 8mm/f3.5 on 550D.

    The sound I found on the vimeo music store:
    Elemental by Pulse Faction
    Path of Stars by Jonathan Geer

    # vimeo.com/36141149 Uploaded 766K Plays 148 Comments
  3. 17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey. UPDATE: Part II just release. 15 new countries: vimeo.com/115832476

    Follow my current travels and photography at whereandwander.com.

    After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I put together this time lapse video of the many amazing places I came across.

    To follow the journey and learn more about each scene visit kienlam.net/around-the-world and kienlam.net

    Original Music: "Places and Faces" by William Lam. Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video. He's also my little brother. If you want to commission William to write music, email him at williamlammusic@gmail.com or check out his site: williamlammusic.com

    Please support the artist if you like the song by buying it on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/metaphysika-sounds/id497553369

    Technical Details:

    Shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5.

    Photography and Video Edited with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

    Music composed in Logic Pro.

    Facebook: facebook.com/kienlamphotography
    Instagram: instagram.com/whereandwander
    Twitter: twitter.com/kiendlam

    Special thanks to Dan Hirons, Joey Seich and Carol Trieu for all your help, support and patience.

    To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you've left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video.

    To my family, thank you for bearing with me and worrying about my health and safety with every dodgy bus ride and new country I found myself in each day.

    # vimeo.com/34400428 Uploaded 1.1M Plays 198 Comments
  4. Fiji Vignette 3/3

    Taj and Jay

    http://www.tajburrow.com

    Shot, Edited & Directed by Riley Blakeway

    http://www.rileyblakeway.com

    "Frequency" by Unouomedude

    # vimeo.com/32449778 Uploaded 899K Plays 181 Comments
  5. Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions
    28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,
    2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km.
    All credit goes to them.

    Full HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.
    All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible,
    avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original
    footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.

    Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
    w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by scape Publishing / Universal
    janjelinek.com | faitiche.de

    Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
    NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
    eol.jsc.nasa.gov

    Editing: Michael König | koenigm.com

    Shooting locations in order of appearance:

    1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
    2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
    3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
    4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
    5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
    6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
    7. Halfway around the World
    8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
    9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
    10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
    11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
    12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
    13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
    14. Views of the Mideast at Night
    15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
    16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
    17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
    18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

    # vimeo.com/32001208 Uploaded 11.3M Plays 929 Comments

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