The beauty of our planet amazes me.
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an astronaut… mostly because I was fascinated, absolutely fascinated, by what it must feel like to be able to see the whole world while floating weightless in space.
It’s on my top 100 list. Definitely something to accomplish in this life – going into space.
Today, with that in mind, I share with you two beautiful time lapse films I’ve just been introduced to.
Everything you are about to watch was constructed from still photographs.
I think that’s important to remember – as these are images of our planet taken by a guy with a few cool cameras.
The images are then put together to make films in a program called Sony Vegas.
Skylights – A Timelapse Film from Knate Myers.
Notes from Knate Myers about Skylights
Skylights is a timelapse video made up of nearly 6,000 photos taken over the last few months in New Mexico, USA. Every frame in this video is a photograph.
Making this video was probably one of the most fun and most rewarding projects I’ve ever done. I greatly enjoyed traveling to remote parts of the state and it was an absolute thrill staying up all night shooting the stars. It’s hard to describe how very still, quiet and beautiful the night sky is when you are so far away from the city. Most nights we all go to sleep and miss a spectacular show overhead, I hope I can capture just a hint of what may have been missed.
Many shots were taken at the VLA ( Very Large Array) in New Mexico; The location for several scenes from the movie “Contact”. The VLA is a perfect location for capturing the night sky because of its lack of light pollution. In areas this dark, the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye and almost looks like a string of clouds.
The second to last shot records the sunset moments after the total eclipse of May 20th, 2012. It was pretty exciting to capture it on camera!
This is my second timelapse video and I cannot wait to get started on my next!
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Nikon D300s, D7000 and D5100
Tokina 11-16mm and Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye. The eclipsed sunset shot was captured with a Sigma 500mm.
I used the Stage Zero Dolly from Dynamic Perception for the motion controlled shots in this video.
Original music created specifically for this video by Lowercase Noises
Download this track at music.lowercasenoises.com/track/skylights
View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers.
Notes from Knate Myers about View from the ISS at Night
Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station. All credit goes to the crews on board the ISS.
I removed noise and edited some shots in Photoshop. Compiled and arranged in Sony Vegas.
*** Thank you all for the amazing support this video has received. I’m glad so many have enjoyed it.****
Music by John Murphy – Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)
Performed by the City Of Prague Philharmonic
Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth