For a little over a decade now I’ve been working towards a goal of shooting a 360° timelapse over a 24hr time period with a single camera. This is almost 9hrs of spherical panoramas, from 08:04 PM on May 20, 2015 to 04:51 AM on the 21st, of the Milky Way rising over Hunter’s Beach in , Maine. I used a Nikon D810, shaved Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye (forced to FX format), Panoneed robotic panning head, Ramper Pro, Sherpa 100, and TVC-34L tripod, clamps, nodal slide, and camera L bracket. I took 832 photos until the Sherpa 100 battery was exhausted. The RAW files were converted to 16-bit TIFFs via Lightroom and (www.aaronpriestphoto.com/lrtimelapse), and then stitched into 208 spherical panoramas via 's batch feature. At 30fps it makes an almost 7 second video. The Panoneed’s .xml positioning files makes alignment and stitching each panorama very accurate. The original panoramic frames are 10712 x 5356, for a 10K video.
I animated the spherical panoramas as a 3D environment layer in After Effects with a virtual camera. Another thing I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time is to animate a transition between stereographic projection (little planet) to rectilinear (normal) view. This is the shot that looks like a fisheye of the full sky and unwraps itself to a normal view of the Milky Way over the ocean. To do this I used the Sub Blue Little Planet plugin here: http://2008.sub.blue/blog/2010/6/17/little_planets.html However, it relies on the Pixel Bender Toolkit which Adobe discontinued after CS5 in 2010. Recently, I discovered some developers created a new Pixel Bender Kernel Accelerator that runs on your GPU or video card and allows pixel bender kernels to work in newer versions of After Effects! http://aescripts.com/pixel-bender-accelerator/
While the Nikon D810 was shooting, I wandered around with my Nikon D700 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 shooting some shorter timelapses and some stills. Mike & Shelley Lawie stopped by for much of the night and we had a great time shooting star trails and the Milky Way. The short timelapse of comet trails over Hunter’s Brook was taken from 8:17 – 10:02 PM, shortly before the beginning of nautical twilight when stars were just becoming visible and the sky was still blue, until the end of astronomic twilight. I ramped the exposure with the holy grail feature of DslrDashboard and edited the 136 photos with LRTimelapse & Lightroom. To animate the comet trails I used intermediate frames from Advanced Stacker Plus, a Photoshop plugin, and rendered them into a timelapse with After Effects.
All of the video was taken with my iPhone 6. The backpack is an Satori EXP with an XL Pro ICU and two large lens barrels on the sides. It easily holds everything!
I gotta thank for all the planning that went into this shot, from the physical location to catch the Milky Way over the cliff, to the dates/times of civil, nautical, and astronomic dawn/dusk for programming the Ramper Pro. It's an amazing program that makes my life so much easier! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photopills/id596026805?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lLzC&ct=
My next workshop is on night timelapses, coming up in a couple weeks in Acadia from June 21 to 25 with . There are still two spots available. Visit their website for more details: http://acadiaimages.com/
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Something about these long hot days makes me wish for the quiet dark of winter again. Tonight I found myself working on this shot from last winter's Northern Lights Photography Workshop. It's one that I have been meaning to process for months...
Photography Tip: Smartphone apps like make it easy to predict exactly when and where the moon will rise. The lights of Aurora Borealis here are luck but the position of the moon was something that I planned out while scouting shots earlier in the day. More on the fantastic Photopills App (iOS) at http://www.photopills.com/
Plans for next winter's Northern Lights Photography Workshop are hopefully coming soon at http://www.davidmarx.com
Favàritx Lighthouse. Menorca Island. Spain
Nikon D4s | 14mm | f/2.8 | 30s | 6400 ISO
Here's a step-by-step article on how to shoot Milky Way photos:
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When primal man first walked this Earth he would have been able to travel by starlight at night. There would have been no light pollution, and the bright galactic centre of the Milky Way would have been an incredible sight to see in the night sky. Thankfully there are still locations on Earth were you can experience this, but with two-thirds of the U.S. population and more than one-half of the European population having already lost the ability to see the Milky Way, it an experience that will be missed by many.
For more information on the negative effects of light pollution, check out the Google+ page, or their website at http://www.darksky.org
This image is a single exposure with the shutter fired remotely from where I was standing. Canon 6d, Canon 24-70mm lens at 50mm focal length - 20 second shutter @ f/4 ISO 6400
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