Check out these great time-lapse videos by photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee. I just had to share them.
Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way
This is a video of the Perseid Meteor Shower and the core of the Milky Way. A good write-up of what you’re looking at in this video can be found at the most excellent Bad Astronomy blog.
Timelapse video of the Perseid Meteor Shower and the galactic core of the Milky Way as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.
These were taken between August 12 and August 15, 2010.
For more photos and words: photography.evosia.com/2010/08/13/under-the-milky-way-in-joshua-tree-national-park/
Gear: 5D Mk II, EF 16-35mm L. Settings: f/2.8, 6400 ISO, 20 second exposures.
Music is Samskeyti by Sigur Ros
The Urban Landscape – Preview
A preview of a new video project I am working on: an urban timelapse tour of Los Angeles! This is still a work in progress.
Time Lapse Tour of Yosemite National Park
Timelapse tour of Yosemite National Park. See one of my favorite places in the world. I was there mid to late May of 2010.
Tunnel view, Vally View, Cook’s Meadow, Bridalveil Falls, Nevada Falls, Mist Trail, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and much more.
Mesmerizing Perseid timelapse video” – another misleading title. This timelapse could have been
done on any summer night. Chris (#4, #12) is the lone voice in the wilderness of oohs and aahs.
Each frame is a time exposure of at least a few seconds (maybe 20 sec mentioned on the photographer’s website). Meteors last a fraction of a second to a few seconds. The fireball many noted at about 0:32 is present in only a single frame, leaving only its train of hot gas to persist in several subsequent frames. Anything seen as moving in playback had to be slowly moving across the camera field of view over at least a few frames, i.e. about a minute or more. So every object that looks like a “shooting star” in the playback has to be an aircraft or an artificial satellite, both moving much more slowly than any meteor, and so appearing in several consecutive frames. Toggle between play and pause over and over until you catch one in transit. You will see in that single time exposure that the brightness of the “hyphen” is either extremely constant, or nicely dashed, due to the rhythmic blinking of the aircraft running lights, or the periodic flashing of reflected sunlight off a rotating spacecraft or spent booster upper stage. So this is NOT a “… Perseid timelapse video”, it’s a timelapse movie of man-made objects cruising over the desert on any typical summer night. The odds of catching an actual meteor in one of the frames is less small on the night of the Perseids, so maybe that one fireball he did catch was one. A diligent viewer toggling through frame by frame might find a few more, but any streak or hyphen would have to be in a single frame only to be a meteor.