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.
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.
This video was written and produced while traveling through Chile & Patagonia with my girlfriend. We spent 5 weeks exploring this amazing country, and this is how we chose to document it. Thanks so much for checking it out.
Special Thanks to:
LensProToGo, for helping us out with cameras and lenses. They are an awesome company, and the perfect place to rent DSLR's and lenses.
...Castulo Guerra for helping out with the voice over. He is an extremely talented man, who was great to work with...and I am so grateful he decided to take on this project...thank you very much Castulo.
...and also, to my girlfriend Nina for putting up with my nerdy ways, and for making this such an awesome trip...you're the best.
Canon 1D mark IV + full Canon lens package - 17 tilt shift, 24, 50, 70-200, polarizer, gradient filter, monopod, tripod.
+ Project : Termas Geométricas
+ Architect : Germán del Sol
+ Location : Villarrica, X Región, Chile
+ DIrected, Screen Played & Filmed by : Pablo Casals-Aguirre
+ Edited by : Francisco Marshall, Julia Bande
+ Music by : Laurent Apffel, Matías Mahns
+ Produced by : Puro Chile
If you ever need any time-lapsing done or a time machine built give me a shout - email@example.com
Adam Stokowski and I spent 2 weeks in Patagonia Country pursuing our new passion for time lapse video and rhino hunting. We visited Torre Del Paine Park, Chile. Glacier Park, Argentina & Fitz Roy, Argentina. Plus all the beauty in between. Many barbed wire fences were climbed.... this is what we captured. More trips to come.....
To read a full account of our journey and see some photos CLICK HERE, http://www.loadedboards.com/loadednews/index.php?post/2011/03/15/Timelapses-in-Patagonia
Motion was done in Final Cut Pro (getting a stage zero dolly soon, STOKED)
Canon 7D, Canon 5D,
Canon L series 50mm / L- series 24-70mm
B+W ND 1.8 and B+W Circular Polarize