1. Inhale the fresh air, smell the refreshing scent of the green pine forests glowing above black volcano sands, no sound but the wind in the trees. A deep blue sky matches with the blue atlantic ocean far below. Epic volcanic trails lead trough an unique archaic landscape. Feel the elements. Be yourself, at the “Island in the Sky”.

    This short film, a homage to the beautiful Island of La Palma - "Europe's Hawaii" - was like a never ending project for me. More than one and a half years of work.... photographing, processing, re-processing, selecting and de-selecting footage, some weeks filming…

    I had certain pictures in mind - the scenes, locations, and moods. Every interesting place I had spotted during many stays on the Island while Hiking or guiding Bike Groups was considered.

    As often as possible I returned to Palma to let the film get reality (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/15/new-astro-timelapse-video-the-island-showcases-astronomy-haven/), but more than once got thrown back - bad weather, equipment malfunction or whatever.

    I hiked up Volcanoes, stayed awake all night on stormy ridges, slept like a dead on the beach next morning. Pre-processed nights footage at the Apartment later, to validate what scenes worked, or needed to be repeated. Hurried back up the mountains before sunset for new setups. Finally got some rest and watched the clouds and stars move. Feeling small in the universe. And tired and dizzy, as well.

    Night-Timelapse filming is an art, a struggle to live from, tough on your biorhythm – and needs a lot of passion, love and dedication. Passion for the work, love for nature and wilderness, being alone in the night. Back at the office in the timelapse studio it needs dedication and endurance in front of my workstations working trough the image data.

    Which is the toughest part for me - I am not the office guy. I hate sitting in front of a Computer screen too much. And that is what you do with Timelapse. Way too much. After cleaning up the project, 906.65 GB and 83846 RAW images and movie-sequences remained for processing. And there is no automatism, each software at the workflow needs to be fed with each sequence separately, to deliver results...

    On some key scenes of this film I have even worked over several months, trying different variations on color-reprocessing, iterating them many times. I am still not sure if they are good now. You judge.

    Thanks to all who support me, especially my family. Thanks to Babak Tafreshi of Twanight.org for providing the legendary GRANTECAN Intro and MAGIC-from-the-side Footage (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAGIC_(telescope). Props to the Folks at IAC.es and Visitlapalma.es! Horay to the team at TWANight.org for tips and feedback! Awesome to Nikon NPS!

    Jesse Hozeny has provided an awesome soundtrack with "Miles High"! This ended a long search!
    itunes.apple.com/at/album/niyama-volume-one-two/id39888393

    Equipment: Nikon D4, D700, D7000, D3s, AFS 14-24/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AF 50/1.8, AF 16/2.8 and AF-DX 10/2.8 Fisheye. Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly and MX2 Merlin Interface, Vixen Polarie: vixen.co.jp/en/lp/polarie_movie.html

    Processing: Nikon View NX, Adobe Lightroom LR4, LRTimelapse, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X.

    Introduced on Slate, Wired, NG aaaand Dr. Brian May of QUEEN (awesome!!):
    slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/11/26/time_lapse_video_clouds_and_stars_over_the_volcanic_la_palma_canary_island.html
    wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/time-lapse-island-in-the-sky/
    newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/29/starry-nights-in-quick-time/
    brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbnov12.html

    Now dive in, put your earphones on and relax...

    Cheers.
    Christoph Malin
    That Guy with the Tent
    Christophmalin.com

    P.S.: Check some of my other films:
    "Astronomer's Paradise", vimeo.com/36972668
    "Urban Mountain Sky", vimeo.com/40969904
    "ISS Tronized", vimeo.com/51499009

    Fine Art Prints of "Island in the Sky - christophmalin.zenfolio.com/p710558537

    facebook.com/christoph.malin
    twitter.com/#!/christophmalin
    twanight.org/cmalin
    christophmalin.zenfolio.com

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  2. Please note: ISS Tronized is now part of a spectacular ISS Documentary: "ISS Image Frontier - making the invisible visible" - with Dr. Don Pettit / NASA Astronaut! vimeo.com/61083440!
    --- Do you remember 1982's "TRON" movie? The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships...

    Back in the real word the ISS is in a way one of these solar ships, constantly rotating around us. A tiny white spot, as it can be seen racing over the sky from time to time, when illuminated by the sunset (and sunrise ;).

    This Video was achived by "stacking" image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station (see also fragileoasis.org/blog/2012/3/on-the-trails-of-stars/). These "stacks" create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors - patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible.

    The many oversaturated hot pixels in some of the scenes are the inevitable result of ultrahigh ISO settings the Nikon D3s in ISS-use are pushed to for keeping exposure times short by all means (owed to the dramatic speed the ISS travels). As there are no dark frames or RAW data currently available, hot pixels are not easy to remove.

    After the initial stacking, all images have been sequenced with Apple Motion and the Video cut and edited with Final Cut Pro X. Stacking done with StarStaX, get it here: markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html

    This Video would also not have been possible without that great minimal soundtrack "Eileen" by Lee Rosevere (members.shaw.ca/happypuppyrecords/index.html) that totally nailed the mood, as well as a short clip of "Window #3" by Two Bicycles (freemusicarchive.org/music/Two_Bicycles/Beko_Crash_Symbols_1/07_Window_3). VIMEO MUSIC STORE ROCKS!

    All sequences and images courtesy "The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth", Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/
    Closing sequence © Christoph Malin / ESO.org / filmed at Cerro Paranal.

    Thanks a lot to my favourite bad Astronomer, Phil Plait at BadAstronomy for first posting the film (blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/16/my-god-its-full-of-star-trails/) and many many thanks to Vimeo for the Staff Pick!

    A truckload of thanks go out to NASA astronaut Don Pettit (petapixel.com/2012/06/25/astronaut-don-pettit-floating-with-his-huge-camera-collection-on-the-iss/) and his colleagues for taking these images, and making films like this one reality!

    Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (plightwithlight.org/index.php?id=49&L=1) one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA (darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! And don't forget, it is your tax money that lights up the sky!

    Oh, and visit my friends at the UNESCO Project TWAN (twanight.org) for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky!

    Always believe in your dreams and make it possible!

    All the best,
    Christoph Malin
    christophmalin.com

    PS: At about 1:42 you see Comet "Lovejoy" rising...

    PS2: Be sure to check out my other Movies:

    "Astronomer's Paradise", vimeo.com/36972668 - featured on National Geographic
    "The Island - Teaser", vimeo.com/27539860 - featured on NG
    "Urban Mountain Sky", vimeo.com/40969904 - featured on Discovery Channel
    "Black Hole Sun", vimeo.com/24149087, featured on NG

    facebook.com/christoph.malin
    twitter.com/#!/christophmalin
    twanight.org/cmalin

    # vimeo.com/51499009 Uploaded
  3. This is a NEW, 25 Minute Version of "The Image Frontier - Making the Invisible Visible", with previously unseen footage and lots of new scenes! (for the Version with German Subtitle go here: vimeo.com/79065488)

    A tribute to the International Space Station Program as well as Dr. Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut and ISS Astrophotographer, "Making the Invisible Visible" explores and celebrates the Art and challenges of Astrophotography orbiting earth Day and Night on board of the International Space Station.

    Don Pettit's innovative photographic work, and his passion for low light photography, has definitely changed the way we see earth from space. Accompanied with great background info on the challenges, techniques and motives of astrophotography aboard the ISS by Don's famous "Luminance" speech, previously unseen footage by Astronaut weaves a compilation of 4 special ISS timelapses ("intro", "startrails", "fisheye" and "aurorae") into a captivating visual experience.

    Welcome aboard the ISS - enjoy stunning photography, videos and timelapses from the Space Station!

    "Making the Invisible Visible" was screened, and received a "honorable mention" at the 6th annual "Imagine Science" Festival in NYC (Oct. 2013, imaginesciencefilms.org/festival/2013-film-awards/).

    Making-of the Video: christophmalin.com/wp01/2013/03/11/the-earth-from-above-my-new-iss-shortfilm-doc/
    Some great intros and thoughts on the original film: slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/11/time_lapse_video_incredible_video_of_earth_seen_from_the_space_station.html
    huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/making-the-invisible-visible-video-don-pettit-iss_n_2855892.html?utm_hp_ref=science
    seattlepi.com/mount-rainier/article/video-all-those-nasa-photos-of-earth-in-one-4344941.php

    Great interview with Don Pettit here:
    universetoday.com/96261/don-pettit-astronaut-mr-science-space-gardner-and-astrophotographer-extraordinaire/

    Production notes:
    ISS footage render and Don Pettit Luminance Lecture excerpt edit: by Christoph Malin
    christophmalin.com twanight.org/cmalin

    Dr. Don Pettit lecture excerpts courtesy PhotoShelter Luminance Conference 2012
    photoshelter.com/luminance

    ISS Stackings taken from my former Shortfilm "ISS TRONized" - vimeo.com/51499009

    Special thanks to Dr. Don Pettit!

    Great Music - great Artists:
    "Old Red Shoe" - Baobab
    "Sleepy Hollow Cemetry" - Acoustic Version - Baobab
    Baobab - Phil Torres - baobabmusic.bandcamp.com
    "Stars" - Rx by Eero Joenrinne / Lucas soundoflucas.com
    Intro - "Reaching" - Jesse Hozeny
    Outro - "Eileen" - Lee_Rosevere

    Image courtesy of the image science & analysis lab / nasa johnson space center
    "the gateway to astronaut photography of earth"
    eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

    Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 ;) - oh, and please Nikon, how about a new version of the 2.8/8 mm Fisheye? It's time!

    About 15000 Frames of 80000 processed with
    LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com)
    Adobe Lightroom 5
    Adobe Photoshop CC
    Adobe After Effects CC
    Cut & edited with
    Apple Final Cut Pro X

    Entirely rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro and iMac!

    Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution (plightwithlight.org) one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA (darksky.org) on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste!

    Visit our team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN (twanight.org) for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky!

    Always believe in your dreams and make it possible!

    All the best,
    Christoph Malin
    Christophmalin.com

    P.S.: Check some of my other short films:

    "Astronomer's Paradise", vimeo.com/36972668
    "Island in the Sky", vimeo.com/53845425/
    "Urban - Mountain - Sky", vimeo.com/40969904

    facebook.com/christoph.malin
    twitter.com/#!/christophmalin
    twanight.org/cmalin
    christophmalin.zenfolio.com

    # vimeo.com/61083440 Uploaded
  4. Best viewed in Full HD, sound on!

    There is a city in the alps, that provides a great experience for both the locals and visitors. Innsbruck, Tyrol, located at the main route to Italy, Switzerland and Germany is surrounded by stunning 2500m+ Peaks and a couple of world class skiing areas.

    The best thing is: whenever you feel the need for a fresh air shock... within 20 minutes, you can go by the famous Nordkette cable car from the Cities centre at 570 m to the Hafelekar Mountain, at 2400 m.

    On the winter weekends and also during weekdays, Skiers, Skitourers, Skihikers and Sportsnuts in general crowd the Skiing- and Freeskiing areas around the City.

    “Adventures in the Dark” shows the contrast – Urban Innsbruck and the Villages below in the Valley, and the starry skies above it.

    Oh, and there's a "little" Power Grid failure in there, check also vimeo.com/36252589 if you can't see it... -30 degree, it was the coldest night in austria in 2011.

    Get ready for a cool Skitour!

    CHLLNGR aka Steven Jess Borth II and Producer Bam Spacey have provided the airy soundtrack: Bam Spaceys Desert Air mix
    soundcloud.com/chllngr

    Equipment: Nikon D4, D700, D7000, D3s, AFS 14-24/2.8, AFS 24-70/2.8, AF 50/1.8, AF 16/2.8 and AF-DX 10/2.8 Fisheye. Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly, Vixen Polarie: vixen.co.jp/en/lp/polarie_movie.html

    Processing: Nikon View NX, Adobe Lightroom LR4, LRTimelapse, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X.

    As always: Dive in, put your earphones on and relax...

    Cheers.
    Christoph Malin
    That Guy with the Tent
    Christophmalin.com

    P.S.: Check some of my other films and projects:
    "The ISS Image Frontier", vimeo.com/61083440
    “Island in the Sky”, vimeo.com/53845425
    "Astronomer's Paradise", vimeo.com/36972668
    "Urban Mountain Sky", vimeo.com/40969904
    "ISS Tronized", vimeo.com/51499009

    facebook.com/christoph.malin
    twitter.com/#!/christophmalin
    twanight.org/cmalin
    christophmalin.zenfolio.com
    christophmalin.com

    # vimeo.com/55853764 Uploaded
  5. This is a short clip inspired by Hans Zimmer's music from "The Thin Red Line". My tribute to great composer and beauty of nature.

    Antarctica was the last, 7th continent I visited and dove. Kind of a last stop on a journey called "Earth". But in fact the journey never ends...

    All shots were made with Sony EX1 camera.

    # vimeo.com/3890238 Uploaded 189K Plays 184 Comments

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