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  1. Summer is often synonymous with light, warmth, sun, vacation and ultimately night outings. As the latter generally has a social connotation, it can also mean something else for more and more people. Summer is also the host of a wide variety of celestial events that more than one can enjoy. Amateur photographers, professionals, backyard astronomers, star gazers, you, me, we all tend to linger outside longer to gaze at the sky’s impressive displays while it is not too cold. But what is so special about them at this particular time of the year? Probably the possibility of watching several phenomena occur at the same time! 

In my latest project called ‘LUX CÆLI’ (from Latin, ‘sky light’), I wanted to focus on these events and show their mesmerizing nature in a time-lapse series. It is merely a celebration of the summer time night sky phenomena in high resolution, and my goal was to show them in a bit different way. Whether you are talking about a sunset, northern light, meteor showers or eclipse, these displays are all breath-taking by essence. However the pinnacle of celestial awesomeness is to witness several of these natural phenomena happen at once.

    For example, northern lights are a very well-documented subject, but seeing them wiggle on top of another elusive astronomical feature like noctilucent clouds is something one cannot soon forget, and has rarely been recorded in the past, especially on film. This scene at 3’:04’’ was taken in High Level Alberta as I conducted airborne research on noctilucent clouds with the Project PoSSUM. Noctilucent clouds are ice-particle clouds at the edge of space (83km of altitude) that glow in the summer twilight, and they would not be visible if multiple intricate conditions were not met. Nonetheless, when you start seeing a green and purple beam of light almost outshining this electric-blue veil at 100km of altitude, you are reminded of how big our atmosphere and ultimately universe is.

    I suggest you spend some time watching the video more closely: you might see more and more events adding to the one you are already gazing at. How about these geostationary satellites aligning under the Perseid meteor shower with the close-up view of Scutum constellation and milky way in the background? Or maybe the big dipper photobombed by the aurora borealis in the smoke of this summer’s devastating Canadian wildfires? ‘Are those stars?’ you might ask. ‘Not necessarily’ I might answer. A good example is to watch saturn or the Andromeda galaxy follow the course of the milky way across the night sky. It gives another perspective to it, and you will never look at the sky in the same way. These events overlap more often that one might think, you just need to linger and watch! The film also features this summer’s partial lunar eclipse rising over the Alps, sunsets over an ocean of clouds and more! 

I assembled the best time-lapse sequences of this summer’s sky light events taken in different countries through my work and vacation in Canada, France and Denmark. With that, I also wanted to show that virtually anyone can go outside and witness the same things, and it’s a free spectacle for you right around the corner…

    The film has been shot with the Sony a7rII, a7s and Canon 6D, along with a variety of lenses ranging from 14mm to 500mm.

    More about the story on my blog and website: adphotography-online.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/AdrienMauduitPhotography/
    Twitter: twitter.com/ADphotography24
    Instagram: instagram.com/adphotography2410/
    Youtube: youtube.com/user/amadrien21

    Thank you for watching. Don’t hesitate to like, comment, share and of course follow me for more videos coming soon!

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  2. My first time-lapse film. Captured in Austria in the past year.
    Music by Steven Gutheinz "lost time"/musicbed

    Technical: Shot on Nikon D800 | Motion control system: Emotimo Spectrum + Dynamic Perception Slider | Hyperlapse shot on Panasonic GH5 + Zhiyun Crane or handheld | Aerial: Phantom 4 Pro

    For licensing & inquires please contact: stefan_gimpl@hotmail.com
    All shots are available in 5K or more.

    Visit my website: stefangimpl.com

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  3. This time-lapse film features some of the most peaceful scenery found in Iowa. We spent countless hours capturing and editing these shots to truly capture the beauty of Iowa through all the seasons. From meteor showers and lightning bugs to brilliant sunsets at some of our serene ponds, it's easy to spot the beauty if you slow down and look around. Even in the cold winter mornings there is plenty to explore and discover if you keep your eyes open.

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  4. As I was accompanying a group of students from Odsherred Efterskole, Denmark on a trip to Malawi for a week, I took advantage of the little time off I had to take some pictures. In cooperation with Francis Botha, local citizen and employed at NGO Danish Church Aid, we toured the African country from South to North, helping me find diverse locations and scenes to best capture what I had in mind. 

Malawi is the fourth poorest and among the least-developed countries in the world, relying almost exclusively on agriculture. As the latter is dependent of the capricious and sensitive climate, the land regularly suffers from extremes: droughts or floods. In spite of the sadening conditions, Malawi has by far the most welcoming and warm-hearted people on Earth, hence their motto: ‘The warm heart of Africa’. No matter where we ended up, we would be acclaimed with vibrant and transcending chants. Local communities opened their hearts, their homes and shared the little food they had with us, while we remorsefully reminisced about the selfishness of western countries. 

The south-east African country has everything to offer, from its wildlife to its beautiful landscapes. However it has one thing that beats all and that made the subject of my shots: its skies. ‘THAMBO’, the title of my short film means ‘sky, clouds’ in Chichewa (central region and official language of Malawi). Malawi can now be renowned for its virtually pollution-free and dark skies, and possesses some incredible sky phenomena that can be witnessed year-round. From its orange sunsets or sunrise to its thunderstorms and incredible cloud formations over Lake Malawi, the country counts among the darkest places I have ever seen to observe the milky way and the night sky. Even downtown Lilongwe (the capital) and the moon cannot wash out the milky way entirely! Some of the shots were taken when we were in town, and you can see a bit of haze from light pollution, but that would never be possible in Europe or in the LA valley! Can you spot the following in the video: shooting stars, lightning, the Carina Nebula, rainbows, moon iridescence…

The films wasn’t that easy to put together either as I had to deal with a series of technical difficulties.
    The muggy and wet season for starters. March marks the end of the rain season in the country but it has unusually sustained throughout April, which gives regular showers and condensation, which aren’t a photographer’s best friend.
    The moon was between 50 and 95% full during the week, giving me only a few hours window to shoot at night, when the clouds weren’t showing of course! On the other hand, it enabled me to take cool moonlit scenes in the countryside.
    Spare time: The goal of the trip was of course to accompany young Danish students on a charity trip, and it was a full-time job. I sacrificed a lot of precious healing hours of sleep to come to this result, as our schedule did not allow a lot of free time.
    Battery and electricity: I brought a lot of batteries with me, but it wasn't rare to spend 2-3 days without access to power, resulting in shorter time-lapse sequences with narrow intervals.
    Wildlife: I only had a knife to defend myself in the Malawian night, so I didn’t stray too far from villages, where hyenas and other predators were roaming! Even half-wild dogs were aggressive and howling at me!

    However it was a real pleasure and excitement to shoot the Malawian skies and the film features some of my best time-lapse scenes to date. I shot everything entirely with the Sony a7s to test its 4K time-lapse capabilities (only 12 mp). I’ll let you be the judge of the quality, but I’d say it is pretty impressive!

Fun facts about the video:
    -7500 pictures taken
    -25+ hours of shooting and 30 hours of post-processing
    -Around 1500km road-trip on the Malawian roads (with a crazy driver!)
    -thousand new friends made!

    I want to thoroughly commend Mr. Francis Botha for his help, dedication and precious advice.

    Thank you for watching. Don’t hesitate to like, comment, share and of course subscribe to my channel for more videos and tutorials coming soon!

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  5. "Australis", Latin for southern, is behind the name Austral, one of the
    southernmost natural regions on earth. That is where this film takes place. Most recognize its name as "Patagonia"

    From the constantly advancing glacier of Perito Moreno in Argentina, to the Chile Austral and its magnificent Torres del Paine National Park, not forgetting the impressive mountain range of Fitz Roy, this film attempts to express the feelings I experienced exploring those unique landscapes and natural wonders.

    Cinematography: Enrique Pacheco (enriquepacheco.com)
    Original Soundtrack: Petteri Sainio (petterisainio.com )

    Shot in 8K with Sony A7rII
    Zeiss Loxia lenses
    Slider by mslider.com
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    Follow Enrique:
    enriquepacheco.com

    twitter.com/EnriquePacheco_
    facebook.com/eppacheco
    instagram.com/enrique_pacheco_photo

    - If you want to license this footage, it’s available in super sharp 4k at my store: enriquepacheco.com/stock/?lang=es
    // or you can contact the media department: media@enriquepacheco.com

    (please only professional enquires, high quality footage is not for free)

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