Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović of Skyglow Project are known for their captivating timelapse projects. In their latest video named SKYGLOW: NYC, they have tried something new. In honor of the Dark Sky Week, they created a timelapse that imagines what New York City would look like with starry skies, without light pollution.
Gavin and Harun call SKYGLOW: NYC an “experimental timelapse.” They have combined the video of heavily light-polluted New York City with the night skies of Grand Canyon and Death Valley. The result is fascinating. In some frames, it looks realistic. But in the others, it’s completely surreal.
As the duo explains, the timelapse was shot on Canon 5D Mark IV cameras and using a range of Canon lenses. The shooting was aided by Alpine Labs’ Michron and Pulse, powered by Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini.
The two filmmakers have raised awareness of light pollution before, also through a timelapse video. As they explain, SKYGLOW: NYC is a follow-up to SKYGLOW timelapse, which was published in 2015.
How do you like New York City with starry skies? Could you have ever imagined the pristine starry sky above the city that’s so heavily polluted by light?