Wiser for the Time
Time-lapse photography has always been an interest of mine. Time-lapse photography consists of taking numerous still images to create a video clip. Now, you might ask, “Why not just use a video camera?” Well, video camera’s cannot create 30 second, single frame exposures. In the time-lapse video above, it took 1,100 images with each of them having 35 seconds of exposure (the shutter was open for 35 seconds for each image). That means that this video took around 10.5 hours of exposure. Once I had all these images, it was time to make the movie. Normally, movies use around 24 frames per second. This means, the human eye sees 24 frames per second. That’s 24 images per second that you are seeing in my video above; hence why it takes so many images to make up a small video clip.
OMG!! What a wonderful and great work you’ve dome! just Thank you to let me watch
this amazing video. your working makes everyone so much happy and inspired.
now on I hope that you are gonna make a success of work like this!!
Thanks again~~ 🙂
Heart warming and incredible – I am truly inspired and grateful I found your work. I will email you with questions later 🙂
I thank you for this movie. I love to live, I love the Earth and after your movie I want to live even longer and brighter.
great work! very inspiring
I just love your work. No more words required…
Make sure to check out my latest time-lapse video, ‘Breaking Point’.
This is wonderful blog. I love it.
What software did you use?
Please send me an email to [email protected] with ALL your questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.
Wondrous photography! I feel like a speck of sand in comparison — as it should be. Thank you for showing us the beauty beyond this world, before Man mucks it up.
It’s so beautiful 🙂 Well done.
Fantastic set of images, well done you
First of all, what a beautiful video. I am so glad I ‘stumbled upon’ this link.
Thank you for making it.
I have few questions, because I am interested in making similar videos (stop motion, etc)
1. was there any post production done on those images? if yes, what sort of things?
2. what was your WB setting on your camera? or was it set on post?
3. were you using the Nikon D700’s on board time lapsing function? or tethered it to a computer and used a software?
4. You obviously had it taking photos all night long, how did the battery perform? Did you use a vertical grip to boost battery life? or used a different type of power source?
thank you so much for your time, if you choose to answer those questions. 🙂
Thank you for your comments. I’d be glad to answer your questions, but please email me at [email protected].
This is absolutely amazing! And so very beautiful.
Simply incredible, I love star gazing. Makes one feel so tiny and insignificant.
Wow, how did you manage to get those type of pictures..They are stunning beautiful.!
Outstanding. Keep’em coming
Happy new year
This Christmas I sent your link about time-lapse photography to wish Merry Christmas to my friends. All of them loved it. Thank you for your wonderful post (and the fantastic blog)!
Greetings from Spain and Merry Christmas for you too
I am honored. Thank you, Maria. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a great new year.
Amazing job. I’ve been waiting for a crisp winter night where I am to get a good time lapse of the night sky, but our weather where I am has been somewhat uncooperative.
Great job though
Great video. What software (if any) did you use to compile the pictures into the time-lapse video?
It was great to be able to point out the North Star to my wife and son! The first sequence really illustrates how everything “revolves” around it.
Thanks for posting this wonderful imagery.
thanks for the wonderful photo..
Amazing time lapse – great work!
Incredible. I felt dizzy just watching that. Thank goodness we don’t actually see the stars like that – it would seriously mess with our equilibrium.
Thank you for sharing your photos. 🙂
Wow! seems to be the word most people use to describe your video. Amazing and by watching, I’m really beginning to question my ideas concerning whether or not there is a God. Seems difficult to think there isn’t a Creator who designed this all.
That was amazing!
Breathtaking. Wow. Thank you for sharing this.
Stunning. Powerful. Sort of hints at who really runs the place.
But I thought to notice this rotation you’d need more nights…
Also, what program did you use to make the actual video? Thx.
I think I missed it – but how many pics did you snap and what were the intervals?
All everyone is saying is that this is beautiful, but it is true. God’s Creation is AWEsome.
That was absolutely beautiful. Just stunning.
Amazing! Great capture.
Excellent job! Very beautiful.
Wow, awesome! Mother Nature is fantastic!
Incredible post and great job on this site. I am impressed. I am subscribing as well.
Awsome clips man..now following your blog.
Thank you, Lester!
Stunningly beautiful; one of the most enjoyable Freshly Presseds that I’ve ever clicked to read.
One question: aren’t you ever worried your equipment is going to get stolen, left alone in the open overnight? Or are you on a building somewhere?
Of course I would! I would never leave equipment unattended in a public area. In this location, I was on a private farm and would check on the camera every 30 minutes. Thank you for commenting and so glad you enjoyed!
Same here. Just love the video. It makes my blog look terrible.
thats pic is sweet very nice to look at. in places that arnt in the city the sky almost looks like that
Great article. I found this searching for the title of your article. Regarding your blog,I have to say that you have done a good job here. Thanks.
great work, mindblowing!
That is incredible. Words cannot even begin to describe the beauty in the photographs it took to put this video together, as well as the patience! LOL. But look at this amazing masterpiece you’ve created because of it. WOW!!! – that’s about all I can say.
Thank you for your kind words, Stephanie. So glad you enjoyed.
Thank you for this. As a grandma, I enjoy sharing the wonders of creation with my grandkids. They’re too young to appreciate the stars yet, but they like insects and kitties and puppies.
:O wow – I love it!!
Thank you for sharing your photography. It is magnificent!
Wow what beautiful pictures, I wish I could save them to my computer ! 🙂
Your photography is magnificent! So many clusters of stars in this milky way galaxy just makes one feel like being in a space auditorium. Plus the sunset colors just paints beautifully for the eyes to see. Great photographer! Nature is truly a gift to us.
I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your kind words.
This is amazing, you should add it to StumbleUpon.
I would love to have it accessible to more people.
Thank you for commenting Emmy! I’m not really sure how to add this to StumbleUpon…
OK. It should be on there now. I think…
This was awesome…thank you so much for posting.
I absolutely loved this. I’ve always been amazed by photography, and by space & the night sky. Which explains why I loved it so much. Thanks for posting it.
My goodness… I am overwhelmed by all of your comments, likes, emails, everything… I just want to thank ALL of you for your kind words and interest in my work. I’m so glad you enjoyed this little one minute video as much as I did. Please feel free to shoot me an email with any questions you might have about the time-lapse. Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook or fill out a subscription at the top.
Thank you ALL!
Awsome ! Love it.
Wow. That video is like a beautiful dream. Good job.
This is stunning!
We live in a big city so we almost never see the stars (we even have special extra-safety extra-bright streetlights that flood the whole neighbourhood in eerie white light) so it’s amazing to see through this film how many stars we’re actually missing out on!
Very nice, congratulations !
This is really, really amazing. I never even thought of doing a time lapse with stills, though I guess it makes sense since a video camera would have a hard time catching that much detail.
I would have thought the playback would have been a bit more “jumpy” with 35 second exposures though.
Where was this shot, btw?
This was taken on a farm in Blanket, TX. It wasn’t the darkest of skies, but it got the job done. Thank you for commenting!
I always wanna take a picture of the milky way. But you’ve made thousands of it an even make it into a beautiful video. Wonderful job, great shot!
That brought TEARS to my eyes! WOW!
Stunning! Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed” and thank you. You’ve given me some much need perspective this morning 🙂
Thank you for sharing that magic with us.
Beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing it with us.
I love night-sky! Still remember discovering orion when I was 12.
Wow – VERY cool!
Thank you for your kind words!
Beautiful! Memories form E.T.; Cocoon and Powder 🙂
I loved it. It’s amazing, I once did this for my course work and it really did capture the moment right? I saw your flickr too, you’re a great photographer. Keep it up!
Thank you for viewing my Flickr account!
I really cannot believe how beautiful that video is…I cant get over it..it has to be the most beautiful thing i have ever seen in my life. You are soo talented!! I hope you dont mind if i repost this on my blog?
Amazing job!! you have a new subscriber (:
You are too kind. Thank you for your comment and subscription. Feel free to repost and I’m glad you enjoyed.
i just checked out your flickr account and not only are the pictures awesome, the titles are really cool (:
Thank you! I actually trust my instincts when I label my photographs with titles and literally put the first thing that comes to mind on there. Thanks for looking! I like your blog!
This is amazing. I wish I knew how to do this! I gave up on photography after my first real phototgraphy class. It stressed me out.
Thank you for commenting, Whitney! Stressed you out? I’m curious, why?
This is really awesome! I love it.
and i am floored!!!!
Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
Amazing – when I look at the Milky Way in your video, it doesn’t feel like it’s rotating around us (like how it typically appears), but that we are rotating around it. One of those ‘wow’ moments that makes us realize how small we are.
Couldn’t agree more, Andy. I’m glad you enjoyed and thank you for your comments.
I really enjoyed your video. Despite living in a relatively light-pollution-free area, I never see the milky way like this. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed.
It’s really wonderful, isn’t it? I love the sky at night especially when it holds all the glittering millions of stars that no one can ever paint. Interesting!
Beautiful work! Good job!
that is super cool…
I love things like that.
yes, absolutely beautiful.
Thank you for that loveliness. It was magical. Will have to watch it on my 27in iMac full screen when I get home. The small screens where I am do not do it justice.
As a novice to the art of photography,I am wowed.
Wow, beautiful thank you so much for sharing!
This made my day.
Speechless. So beautiful!
amazing – the milky way is beautiful
Shots like this always make me jealous. I wish I had a place with little light pollution in which to make such long exposures.
Time-lapse photography was used for our daughters wedding portrait. It’s fabulous and your images are delightfully intriguing. Thanks
Beautiful. We live in such an amazing universe. I find that awesome and comforting all at once. So great to know there’s something so much bigger than me!
You have quite an Artist’s Eye. Your show is out-of-this-world! Very beautiful, thank you for sharing.
I keep watching this over and over. Thank you for sharing this and reminding us just how awe-inspiring our own universe is!
Stunning. really nice, most of these images would make an amazing poster on their own and you made hundreds of them!
Breathtaking. No matter what man creates, nothing comes close to what the universe creates. And you were able to capture something that our eyes and our brains aren’t capable of.
I can’t believe this took you 10 hours to complete! But it was well worth it, because it really did come out amazing. Great job! 😀
fantastic man! wow!
WOW! I feel so relaxed now. i just want to go outside and look up at the stars.
Loved it. Thx.
Wow, absolutely magnificent! Thanks for sharing this!
Beautiful! Thanks – brings home our insignificance and the wonder of us hurtling through space!
Inspiring stuff, just what i needed x
Me ha gustado mucho, lo he visto unas cuantas veces y lo he compartido en mi facebook.
Muchisimas gracias y felicidades por su trabajo
This is so amazing! These are beautiful captures.
The time-lapse videos are absolutely amazing! I was thinking of using time-lapse for my university project, you’ve made my mind up! Stunning.
I’ve tried stills at night but cant escape the light pollution, need a clear night!
This is beauttiful! I love the milky way
Beautiful. Simply stunning. I wish I could take photos like that. It would be so cool.
Great Job. The video is wicked cool.
Oh my god! This is so beautiful!!!
very very cool. i love time lapse photography. the music was perfect for this too. congrats on being freshly pressed!
Very Fascinating Video, nice job.
God I love this! Wish I had the patience or the skills to create something like this. Fab!
Very cool… I am sooo sharing this with my friends.
i always forget that the world spins.
How fascinating — it really gives a sense of our movement in the universe.
That is exactly the sensation I got – for the first time in my experience, I really felt as though WE were moving, and the universe seemed vast and solid in comparison. Thank you for giving me (and many of us) that moment!
Beautiful images and very informative post!
Wow … awesome ….. !! 😉
having done some night sky photography, I can understand your frustration with light pollution. your video is an excellent production in spite of that, so thanks for posting it.
Absolutely breath taking. Love astronomy, thank you for making this.
this is very nice for me 🙂
Thank you ALL for your comments, responses, likes, etc… I greatly appreciate it.
Oh my gosh…this is one of the most impressive and beautiful things I have seen in a long time. If you don’t mind, I may re-post this on my blog. I am really in awe of your video…this was very deserving of a FP status…congrats, and happy holidays!
Sure, you can re-post. I’m glad you like it and thank you for commenting!
Love this ! Thanks for all the info.
Amazing…I love time lapse and night sky photography, seeing a combination of the two made my day 😀
Where is this?
*gasp* that took my breath away! The northern lights is one of the things I have been dying to see but lack the good fortune to actually witness it on-site. Thanks for spending all that effort to photograph this and sharing with all of us!
I just wish i could name the stars in the milky way….
So beautiful. I had to watch it a couple times. Were they all from the Joshua Tree? Where were you when took these? And how did you stay up all night? That was a lot of hard work. Love it!!!
Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for posting this. Best, S
AMAZING! Seriously, very gorgeous. Thank you for the video!
It’s daunting and refreshing to think that this incredible play of light and shape and color happens over our heads each night while we wheeze peacefully and drool on our pillows. I am wondering why it seems like at first the Milky Way is moving in one direction (ie Earth is spinning in one direction) and then, after a balckout or a lightout, it starts spinning in the other direction? Do you just change the location of the camera? Thank you for sharing this bit of magic!
Thank you for your comment, Anya. It’s actually just a rewind of the previous clip. I chose to do this ‘rewind’ with an increase of frame rate to show a replay of the orbit. I guess we could just call it a fancy, confusing special effect. Glad you enjoyed!
Beautiful , I wish we had such clear skies !!!!
Awesome!! Beautifully mixed with the colors of the sunset!! Gotta try this sometime!
Oh! If you don’t mind, I’m adding your blog to my favourites. Thanks.
Thank you, Cecilia!
Excellent work. Tedious to shoot I am sure. I really liked how you used the sunrises to transition to your next shot. It really gets lost just how long you were in the field to shoot all those photos. Any chance you were able to automate your D700 so that you could sleep while it fired away?
Thank you for commenting Greg. You are on the right track. I used the MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord which acts as an intervalometer. The tricky part that you have to be aware of is the time it takes for the camera to process the image before taking the next one. Also, animals are always interested in devices that makes weird noises. Guard thy camera!
I really like it !!
why does it look like its on fast forward?
Well, if you watched every single frame of 1,100 images at one frame per second, it would take you a long time to get through it. If it were at 8 frames per second, it would look very choppy and would not have a consistent flow to it like watching a movie. This why I chose to put it at 24 frames per second, which is the normal frame rate that you see in movies. Does that make sense?
Wow! . . . Watched it again. . . . Wow!. . . Thanks so much for sharing your work. All the best.
Thank you ALL for your comments. I’m glad you enjoyed!
I really loved the video you’ve made. It’s simply awesome.
Beautiful and a lot of hard work.
So cool! 😀
Ah, yes, passed right by the icon to comment. Got it, shared it. Thanks!
Gorgeous. It would be great to share this via Facebook. Are you open to giving share buttons or embed code or shall I pass on your url?
I do have a ‘share’ Facebook icon at the top and I don’t mind if you share the url either. Thank you for commenting, Rebekah. Glad you enjoyed!
wow. simply stunning. thank you.
We are the transatlantic diablog. We present trends, topics and trivia from both sides of the Atlantic and really like this blog. Amazing work. Not just this recent post about time-lapse-photography, but also the photo taken at the Joshua Tree National Park in California…
So why not nominating this (or another) post for our annual blogging award? We can’t do it, because we host the award. If you like to, then this is the link to follow:
that was beautiful! Did you get a time lapse of the Geminid Meteor Shower?
WOW! I’m amazed, and jealous and amazed, and absolutely dumbfounded. That’s just mindblowing how you were able to capture that. I felt so tiny watching it. Awesome. Really awesome.
Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing… 🙂
What an awesome video! I had no idea these were so difficult to make. Thanks for the great work!
aha, good to know that my link was well sent :), it’s really amazing, big applause from me as well…
This is beautiful!
Nice job – it looks great!
great project -seeing the milky way like this reminds us we should be a bit more humble, there is bigger universe (s?) that we make up sucha small part.
Wow! That’s just amazing!
this was amazing to watch…next time maybe ill take some kind of hallucinogen and watch for a few hours!
I really enjoyed this work. It’s beautiful.
Can you explain to me why it looks like the sun is rising during this entire time-lapse? I can’t come up with a likely explanation for myself.
It’s actually due to light pollution from distant cities. It’s really difficult, almost impossible, to find an area that does not suffer from distant light pollution. Thank you for commenting!
Your picture are really good
I love this. I wonder if this is the same thing done in The Secret Garden, the part showing the flowers blossoming? It looked so cool!!