Photographer stitches together night sky panorama time lapse
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11:34 AM - With a season full of summertime stars beckoning, take a couple minutes to watch the time lapse video above.
Night sky panorama photography is tricky to pull off: To get the kind of perspective like what you see above, you need four cameras shooting simultaneously, in long-exposures, then you have to cobble them all together to come up with the funky-looking distorted image.
Which is exactly what Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady, specializes in. After shooting a breathtaking series of shots over the last few years, he only just recently rolled them all into into the incredible show-stopper you see up there.
"I created a custom rig of four cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion," Brady says. "Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about three hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse."
You should wander over to the planetary panorama section of his website for the individual photos, which are stunning on their own.
We've featured this one, shot at British Columbia's Kootenay Lake, on our website before:
In that case, you can even see the faint streaks of the Northern Lights.
You can also check out his Facebook page for featured works.
And as for that neat soundtrack, that's "One Letter From Lady" by Michigan musician Brandon McCoy. Check out the rest of his stuff here.
BEYOND THE SKY: You're seen night sky time lapse, now check out this time lapse of a star exploding: