The incredible night photos and time-lapse movies NASA has been sharing with us provoke questions about our planet. That thin-yellow atmospheric line separating earth from space, for example, that we see in all of the night shots provokes two questions: (1) how thick is this line? and (2) why is this line colored the way it is?
The visible yellow and green/blue capped line represents atmosphere reaching ~100km above the surface of the earth. The colors are not reflected light, and not pollution, but rather are light generated from the components in the atmosphere itself. Yes, the atmosphere gives off its own light, in a chemiluminescent process called "airglow" or "night glow."
I have written a blog to accompany this video that explains the various colors of "Night Glow" and discusses the Aurora as well. I hope you find this blog a useful companion to understanding what you are seeing.
In particular, NASA astronaut Don Pettit has filmed and provided the majority of the available time-lapses. He is one of the explorers that truly understands how important it is for explorers to share the wonder of their experiences through both art and science. May all future explorers follow his lead.
These images were imported into Adobe Lightroom, cropped, rotated, and slightly tweaked. I had two main goals with the edits done in the manner I did them. My first goal was to bring the viewer's attention to the atmospheric line by focusing the cropping to prominently feature the atmospheric line and the "Airglow." Secondly, most of the images we see of earth show the planet at the bottom of the frame and space at the top of the frame. To remind the viewer that, in space, the orientation by which you chose to view planets is up to the viewer, I took artistic license with these images to present different ways to view our planet's movement in space.
This is a collection of timelapse pieces that I shot between late June and early August, 2011, in Eastern Wyoming, and Western Nebraska.
All sequences were shot on the 5D Mark II, in RAW format. The lens used, in all but two shots, was a 24mm f/1.4L II, which I rented from Borrowlenses.com. The other two were shot on my 16-35mm f/2.8L II.
Motion control for the timelapse shots were provided by the excellent Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Dolly. Since purchasing the dolly, I have been using motion control on almost every timelapse that I shoot. dynamicperception.com/
I have to say, shooting this piece was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life. Travelling 1000 miles from home to spend the summer trying to capture all of the beauty around me was amazing. I finally had the chance to truly see what the night sky was supposed to look like, and it left me breathless. During many moments in the video, you can see plenty of shooting stars, along with a few satellites, and a plane here and there.
Every frame in this video is a photograph taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
I created this timelapse on a long weekend after discovering the image library online. I used Photoshop and Sony Vegas to edit and compile the footage.
The music is a track from one of my favorite sci-fi movies, Sunshine. I thought the music and imagery would fit well together.
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Timelapse videos depicting the stars from low earth orbit, as viewed from the International Space Station. Images edited using Adobe Lightroom with some cropping to make the stars the focal point of each shot, and with manipulation of the contrast to bring out the stars a bit more.
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