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! - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/billions-of-earthlike-planets-found-in-milky-way/
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky.ORG - http://earthsky.org/earth/video-time-lapse-capture-of-mount-bromo-volcano
Feb 2013: Featured on EarthSky Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151213076526853&set=a.61619521852.81951.36709031852&type=1&theater
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com site - http://www.space.com/19634-milky-way-meets-indonesian-volcanoes-in-stunning-time-lapse-video.html
Feb 2013: Featured on Space.com Facebook Page - http://www.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 http://www.justinngphoto.com/astro to check it out.
Please visit http://www.justinngphoto.com/tours to find out more about my astrophotography tours.
***UPDATE on 11 NOV 2013***
Check out my latest timelapse on ISON and Lovejoy at vimeo.com/79188919
A short timelapse video, covering 69 minutes of imaging time from astronomical darkness state to civil twilight state, on 27 October 2013. From the video you can see the reduced visibility of Comet ISON as the sky was becoming brighter gradually. Moon was also visible with an illumination of about 50%.
The nucleus of Comet ISON is still intact and its current magnitude is about 8. You will also see an image as a result of stacking 46 images together as well as an inverted image in the video. NGC 3428 is also visible in the video near the two brightest stars on the lower left.
Comet ISON made its maiden journey into the inner solar system and it will make its closest approach to the Sun on 28 November 2013. Nobody can tell exactly if it will sizzle or fizzle but if Comet ISON survives its closest encounter with the Sun, it might put on a dazzling show for people living in the Northern Hemisphere throughout the night in December 2013.
Comet ISON will be closest to Earth on 26 December 2013 and it will become dimmer as its distance from the Sun increases. Comets are notoriously unpredictable so let's keep our fingers crossed!
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30 October 2013 - Broadcasted on WPTV News Channel 5 at http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/science_tech/comet-ison-video-professional-photographer-captures-comet-ison-over-mersing-malaysia
30 October 2013 - Published in EarthSky.org at http://earthsky.org/space/see-comet-ison-move-in-front-of-the-stars
30 October 2013 - Published in The Weather Network at http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/comet-ison-blasts-soars-malaysia/15308/
31 October 2013 - Published in International Business Times at http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/518393/20131031/2013-comet-ison-professional-photographer-justin-ng.htm
02 November 2013 - Published in Universe Today at http://www.universetoday.com/105950/morning-comets-continue-to-dazzle-in-new-images-timelapses/
23 November 2013 - Broadcasted worldwide in BBC Two Horizon at 2115hrs (GMT) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mgxf/broadcasts/upcoming
24 November 2013 - Broadcasted worldwide in National Geographic Channel at 2200hrs (SGT) - http://tvguide.starhub.com/?pgtitle=Comet+Of+The+Century&pgid=0000