To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the longest timelapse video ever recorded in space. Starting from Tunisia, the timelapse takes you to two whole trips around our home planet, and it took more than 21,000 photos to create it.
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Last December, we featured a timelapse from photographer and filmmaker Jesse Watson. The timelapse was of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch near Yuma, Arizona. Well, a couple of nights ago, another one launched and landed from California – the first time Elon’s launched and landed in California. Jesse went out to capture it again and this one’s just as incredible as the last.
Photographer Jesse Watson has been following the SpaceX launches for quite some time. Fascinated by the footage he has seen, he wanted to make a video of his own, different from what he’s seen in the news. So, before the final SpaceX launch this year, he took his gear and created a timelapse that could easily fit in a science-fiction movie.
During a 6-month long Blue Dot Mission aboard the International Space Station, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst took tens of thousands of photos. 12,500 of which were used to create this astonishing timelapse of earth from above. Periodically, Gerst would use an intervalometer to snap photos for him while he worked on other important tasks. Now, a little over a month since he returned to earth, the ESA has released the results of those sessions in the form of an ultra high definition timelapse video.
Viewers are treated to glimpses of earth and space taken from the rare perspective of space. Among some of the beautiful sights in the clip, there will be “auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.”
Negative space in photography, design, sculpture or any other creative pursuit is equally as important as is positive space in overall composition.
It’s all about finding the right balance.
Simply put, positive space is the actual subject while negative space (also called white space) is the area surrounding the subject.
The latter acts as breathing room for your eyes. Too little negative space results in cluttered and busy photographs with every element in the photo screaming for the viewer’s attention.
Motion designer Christian Stangl has shown us some incredible videos shot in space. This time, he chose quite the opposite of the vast universe and filmed a timelapse from up close. Using macro lenses or a microscope, he shot an incredible timelapse named Dry Out, showing various plants shriveling as they dry out.
Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for over 30 years and has treated us with plenty of awe-inspiring images. This time, the telescope has captured quite a firework. It took a photo and timelapse of a bright supernova outshining every star in its galaxy and unleashing the energy of 5 billion Suns. [Read More…]
Timelapse videos that capture long time periods take plenty of photos and time to make. But NASA took this to a whole new level. Using 425 million high-resolution images, NASA created a timelapse that shows an entire decade of our Sun’s life.
Note: As of August 26, 2019, the most incredible home-built camera rig award goes tomingul’s 8-Degree-Of-Freedom robot! It takes up an entire room and can be given gcode to perform some amazing camera effects. My rig isn’t as cool, but much more mobile and simpler to build.
Camera sliders are fun tools to use for making dynamic timelapse videos, and they come with some cool features. This is a clever little gadget that moves like a camera slider but folds much smaller. Eggtimers are also commonly used to make a similar effect. Some high-end gear can slide and rotate the camera at the same time for a particularly cool effect. But how do you build one that one that could go up to 11?
I believe there are two kinds of people in this world: those who claim every sunset is unique, and those who claim they’re all the same. If you belong to the second group, here’s something that isn’t a “boring” sunset you see every day. Astronomer Alexander Gerst gives you a new perspective with two photos that show what a sunset looks like from space.