Celestial timelapses under September skies. Shot at Mono Lake CA, Yosemite National Park and on the Alaska Highway. Sony a7s II with a Canon L Series 24mm and a Rokinon 14mm wide angle. sunset/sunrises used a Timelapse+ View intervalometer.
Aurora Borealis, Alaska, Feb/Mar 2017. Capturing the Aurora Borealis is a lot like hunting, there’s a lot of chase involved and there are many things that need to align in order to get the shot: aurora activity, weather/clear skies, new moon/dark sky and your travel availability (and/or accommodations). You spend a lot of time on various apps and websites, following the fluctuating predictions, activity location and cloud cover. I spent a week in Alaska without a single shot and then… the weather cleared. By that time, I was back from Fairbanks and in Anchorage, not a prime location for Aurora viewing due to light pollution. However, I was able to get these timelapse images from a driveway in Bear Valley, on the outskirts of town. Equipment: Sony a7s II w/ Rokinon 14mm 2.8, Canon 5D Mark III w/ Canon 24mm 1.4. The a7s is able to shoot with a shutter speed about ½ that of the Canon (2 seconds, compared to 4 seconds). More details about image capturing can be found here: wildtimes.photography/in-search-of-aurora-borealis-alaska/. Thanks Eric Harding and Sebsi for the audio enhancements.
This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We'd like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.
Our hearts go out to the families of Markus Praxmarer who lost his life while climbing Half Dome on September 19th, 2011 and Ranger Ryan Hiller, who was crushed by a tree January 22nd 2012. They will be missed. (A photo of Ranger Ryan Hiller can be found to the right, above the statistics counter)