Timelapse of the observatories atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The summit is at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft and is the premiere site for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. As an astronomy graduate student at the University of Hawaii, I've enjoyed excellent access to the facility. Some of my favorite still images of Mauna Kea can be found at sgphotos.com/photostories/maunakea.
Music: "All is Violent, All is Bright" by God is an Astronaut.
Standard disclaimer: Mauna Kea contains delicate ecosystems and is sacred to the Hawaiian people. If you go there, please be sensitive to the cultural role of the mountain and obey the rules contained at ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea. Permits are required for large groups or commercial filming, and more information can be found at the link. And above all, please be safe—accidents are much more likely when you combine high altitude, sleep deprivation, cold, snow/ice, and darkness!
Photos and video from a 5-day trip through Death Valley. Watch in HD!
- Harrisburg/Eureka Mine
- Titus Canyon
- Racetrack Playa
- Ubehebe Lead Mine
- Teakettle Junction
- Hunter Mountain: There were tire tracks from when the snow was fresh, but the road was covered in ice when we were there. We had chains (and were using them) and snow tires, but no 4wd. Because there was little (if any) shoulder/berm to the road, steep outward sloping turns, and huge cliffs, we turned around rather than risk sliding over the edge. We've driven Hunter Mountain twice before on other trips, but the conditions were much worse this time.
- Trona Pinnacles
"Wither" by Dream Theater
"Dogs" by Pink Floyd
"This is Letting Go" by Rise Against
Timelapse from a variety of locations, including Death Valley, San Francisco, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Davenport, and many other places. Filmed primarily using a Canon 7D and Rebel XT and a homemade dolly.