"Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future."
Directed by John Likens
Produced by John & Jillian Likens
Earth and Deep Space Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center and Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. All footage and imagery obtained is public domain from NASA under Contract NAS5-26555
These unique space station, deep space, and nebula animations were created from existing NASA photographs using projection mapping techniques in Cinema 4D.
Sun Footage courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
"Dark Skies of Utah” was captured by 11 photographers that attended one of two Timelapse Moab Workshops that took place last month in southeastern Utah. What is even more amazing is that most of these photographers had never shot or processed timelapse before this workshop, and many of these timelapses were actually captured after just 1 or 2 days of instruction. Two of the workshop participants, Gustaf and Brendon, came to the workshop with prior timelapse experience - and created spectacular timelapses that featured movement and depth using their motion control dollies and heads.
At the workshop we have eMotimo.com 2-axis Motion Control Pan & Tilt Heads, along with the DynamicPerception.com Stage One Dollies. We teach you how to combine these to create a powerful, yet simple to use, 3-axis dolly system for timelapse. Taking things even further we have on hand TimelapsePlus.com advanced timelapse controllers that features an integrated light sensor. Why is this important? Because it allows the Timelapse+ to automatically bulb ramp from sunset through to the next sky (i.e. Milky Way).
Our late May and Early June workshops were planned around the new moon. Knowing that the new moon only lasts a couple of days, I positioned the second workshop after the new moon so that on the last three days of the workshop we would have a small quarter moon setting about 60-120 minutes after sunset. By planning for some moon light we were able to capture timelapses that included the landscape before the moon set, which helps to give perspective of location to the viewer. I call these shots “midnight sun” since to the viewer they look like daylight - with the exception of the stars in the sky. On the nights where there was no moonlight we brought along lighting to light foreground subjects (Arches & Trees).
The final film includes over 40 timelapses captured with a variety of cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, and Panasonic - and even one with a GoPro - in various parks in southeast Uah.. Each timelapse is made up of hundreds of high-resolution still frames that are then turned into a motion video using software such as LRTimelapse and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Workshop Sponsors: Dynamic Perception, eMotimo, Timlepase +,LensProToGo, and TetherTools
in June 2011 I was very lucky to attend the inaugural STARMUS festival on Tenerife and observe with the largest single-mirror optical telescope on the planet - 10-metre GranTeCan. After spending five days at STARMUS listening to and chatting with the great astrophysicists and space legends I decided to dedicate more time to astronomy science and film the observatories around the world.
This video, which was selected as the winner of the 2014 STARMUS astrophotography competition (press announcement: http://tiny.cc/838tkx), is the result of over three years of work and includes the images of the following observatories:
* Roque De Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma;
* Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, Murchison, Australia;
* Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrarbri, Australia;
* Parkes Radio Observatory, Australia;
* Siding Spring Observatory, Australia;
* Mount John Observatory, New Zealand
Many thanks to Dermot Tutty for composing the original score for this video!
During our camping holiday at Wilsons Promontory National Park (Victoria, Australia) in December I noticed a glimpse of bioluminescence in the surf. However, the weather was not favourable for night sky photography and I knew I had to return at the earliest opportunity and photograph this phenomenon under the stars. I waited for the next New Moon in January 2013 and ventured out to Squeaky Beach at night. The blue surf started to appear when it became dark and it was amazing to see the blue sparkle as I walked in the water.
The ghostly blue light is is produced by small single-celled marine microorganisms called Noctiluca scintillans (commonly known as the Sea Sparkle) through a chemical reaction. It can be found all over the globe and particularly in areas of nutrient-rich waters.
I could not resist adding Aurora Australis footage I took at Mornington Peninsula in October 2012 to create the natural "Liquid Light Show".
All Time-lapse sequences were taken by the astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) (Thanks guys for making this available to the public for use!) All footage has been color graded, denoised, deflickered, slowed down and stabilized by myself. Clips were then complied and converted to 1080 HD at 24 frames/sec.
Some interesting tidbits about the ISS. It orbits the planet about once every 90 mins and is about 350 Km/217 miles. The yellow/greenish line that you see over the earth is Airglow.
Hope you all enjoy it and thanks for watching!
P.S. It would be a dream to actually be up there in the ISS. Btw NASA, if you need a Biochemistry Ph.D to do some work for you up there, I’m your man, LOL!
Footage Note: The slower video represents a closer resemblance to the true speed of the International Space Station; this footage was shot at one frame per second. Clips are all marked with an *.
Locations of Footage in the order they appear:
1. A Jump over the Terminator
2. Sarychev Volcano
3. From Turkey to Iran*
4. Hurricane Irene Hits the US
5. Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*
6. Central Great Plains at Night*
7. Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean*
8. Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.*
9. Up the East Coast of North America*
10. Myanmar to Malaysia*
11. Western Europe to Central India
12. Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean
13. Aurora Borealis over Europe*
14. City Lights over Middle East*
15. European City Lights*
16. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
17. Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.*
18. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1)
19. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2)
20. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3)
21. Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*
22. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1)
23. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)