This one is dedicated to my new starry-night shooter hero +Ron Garan. This guy is the astronaut that's been shooting the killer time lapses from the International Space Station ( http://vimeo.com/32001208 ).
Thanks to a fantastic hangout put together by +Trey Ratcliff (check out the recorded video here: Trey's Variety Hour #24 - Space and Photography with NASA Astronaut Ron Garan and more) , I had the opportunity to video chat with Ron Garan, and a handful of some of my favorite, fellow starry-night shooters (+Randy Halverson +Brad Goldpaint +Darryl Van Gaal +Jim Goldstein +Gordon Laing ) - HUGE thank you to Trey and +Dave Veffer for organizing this and including me!
So, back to +Ron Garan . In the video chat, I discovered that he's been shooting these time lapses in outer space in orbit on the International Space Station, IN HIS "FREE TIME" !! That simply floored me.
I don't know much about being an astronaut, but considering how expensive it is to get a person in space- I am very certain that astronauts are not given much "free time" to putz around with personal projects while up in space! I do NOT imagine this scenario playing out:
Ron in space to Ground Control: Hey guys, so what do we have scheduled for today?
NASA Ground Control: Oh hey Ron, good morning. yawn Well, we've been pretty busy catching up on paperwork down here, so...oh crap! Just spilled coffee all over my keyboard... well... we really didn't get a chance to schedule any tasks for you today. Uhm... do you think you can find something to do? You know, any portals need lug nut tightening or something? It's embarrassing, but it's important we have something to fill in down here for your daily task list to keep the tax payers happy. So, anything you can come up with would be great....
Ron to Ground Control: Ah shoot. Ok. Yeah, no problem. I've actually had some pics I wanted to take since being up here, so maybe I can work on that today?
NASA: Yeah! Pics would be great! Did you bring your iPhone with you? Make sure you tag us in the shots. You know, social media is hot stuff right now.
So, Ron's been taking these incredible time lapses on his little time off. The shots he's gotten are from his personal interest and passion to capture and convey the experience of being in space. To me, that's incredible and inspiring. His effort and creative vision is frikkin awesome.
+Ron Garan, my cold, sleepless starry night shot of the igloo is dedicated to you. Thank you for sharing a monumental achievement in night photography.
I ALMOST missed the video hangout because of this trip and igloo. Hangout started at 7pm, and I got back from the trip and 3 hour drive at 6:35pm!