Star Time-Lapse Video From The Very Large Telescope

As you may be aware, I’m a big fan of time-lapse star videos. They’re so beautiful and remind me just how insignificant we are in the big scheme of things.

The following one is made from a series of photographs by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado of the European Southern Observatory that were taken at the Very Large Telescope in the Chilean desert.

I strongly recommend watching it in fullscreen and 720p HD.

Also here’s a little reminder that we’re the ones rotating rather than the stars (you might want to mute the bad music):

“The Mountain” — Time-Lapse Photography Of The Milky Way

I can’t get enough of time-lapse video, especially when it comes to the stars. Here’s a great one by Terje Sorgjerd from El Teide in Spain.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain’s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April ( and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

More details at the video’s page on Vimeo.

Awesome Time-Lapse Videos By Henry Jun Wah Lee

Check out these great time-lapse videos by photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee. I just had to share them.

Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way

This is a video of the Perseid Meteor Shower and the core of the Milky Way. A good write-up of what you’re looking at in this video can be found at the most excellent Bad Astronomy blog.

Timelapse video of the Perseid Meteor Shower and the galactic core of the Milky Way as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.

These were taken between August 12 and August 15, 2010.

For more photos and words:

Gear: 5D Mk II, EF 16-35mm L. Settings: f/2.8, 6400 ISO, 20 second exposures.

Music is Samskeyti by Sigur Ros

The Urban Landscape – Preview

A preview of a new video project I am working on: an urban timelapse tour of Los Angeles! This is still a work in progress.

Time Lapse Tour of Yosemite National Park

Timelapse tour of Yosemite National Park. See one of my favorite places in the world. I was there mid to late May of 2010.

Tunnel view, Vally View, Cook’s Meadow, Bridalveil Falls, Nevada Falls, Mist Trail, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and much more.