This is some recent time-lapse we have shot with our new motion-control rig, as well as some shot with a stationary, modified infrared 5D. Locations include Wahweap Hoodoos in Utah and Sky Rock petroglyph and the CalTech Radio Observatory in the Owens Valley.
First of all Black Hole Sun is a statement against light pollution and waste of energy - especially in the European alps. The west and eastern alps offer some of the last remote places where you and your kids can enjoy the beauty of a starry, clear, nightsky, which is the same for all people: one people, one sky!
By contrasting footage of highly lit cities and frequented traffic ways in the tyrol inn-valley with surrounding dark valleys and mountains, I was able to show some effects of light pollution, which hinders us from watching a clear, starry night sky.
Light pollution increases during winter time due to inversion which results in smog in the valleys. inversion means that a heated, polluted layer of air on a valley's bottom is separated from cold, fresh air above. this polluted air causes health problems, especially with children. In some parts of the footage one can see inversion.
Second, Black Hole Sun also shows my dedication to the beautiful mountains in the Alps. I hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I do.
Credits: Many many thanks to Soundgarden for their masterpiece song that gave name to this Video! PLAY IT LOUD and check out the newest Soundgarden concerts on soundgardenworld.com! Second track by Harry Gregson-Williams - "Dinner Out", a great track!
Tech: Nikon D3X, D700, D7000, D300, AFS 14-24/2.8, AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, AF 20/2.8, AF 50/1.8. Astrotac TT320-XAG (astrotrac.com), Dynamic Perception Dolly (dynamicperception.com).
Support: Big thanks to Nikon Professional Services Austria (nikon.at), VauDe (vaude.com) for gear during those really really cold winternights, Steiger Media, Innsbruck (steiger-electronics.at), for helping out with extra Mac Pro rendering hardware and Foto Lamprechter (lamprechter.com).
Inspiration: Thx to Babak Tafreshi from Twanight.org and Bernd Proeschel! Biggest thanks go to my family for all the understanding, without you it simply wouldn't be possible.
This is the First attempt at Time Lapse Photography. Nice to live in San Diego where there are plenty of photos opportunities. About 1350 photos, during two evenings around San Diego, produced 45 seconds of video.
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I used a Nikon D300s camera with Tamron 18-270mm lens on tripod with remote to shoot the photos. Next used ACDSee Pro 3, to reduce photos to 1920 x 1080. Each photo set was compiled in Adobe After Effects. Minor post work in AE consisted of adjustment of curves.
A montage of my timelapse shots through the summer of 2010.
The dolly moves were done using two custom track and dolly systems that I engineered, utilizing off the shelf components with a bit of custom fabrication. My primary system consists of a set of Mumford rotary tables with a Time Machine for the motion control programming. The secondary system consisted of a lower tech servo city DC motor.
Music is by Hans Zimmer, "Dream is Collapsing" from the Inception soundtrack.
My first waterfall destination on my Fall trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was Upper Silver Falls in Baraga County. The falls is a semi remote waterfall south of L'Anse, MI. The last time I attempted to find the falls there had been a 4 day rain and the "road" was quite washed out. This year I had a bumpy but dry drive into the backwoods. I hiked down the ATV trail towards the river and I could feel the falls underfoot as I approached them. They were magnificent!
It had been drizzling all day with no end in sight, perfect weather for the waterfall shoot. The waterfalls are not easy to capture as they are a complicated series of cascades and steps with beautiful channels swirling around multi-colored rocks and logs.
I ended up using about 5400 images to create this video.
I stepped away from my usual music tone and chose something with more tech to it.
Music by Dexter Britain.