Time lapse: Within Two Worlds

Time lapse: Within Two Worlds

Time lapse: Within Two Worlds

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July 19 2012 10:04 AM

Time lapse: Within Two Worlds

I've been featuring some of photographer Brad Goldpaint's mesmerizing sky shots lately, and I'm very pleased that he's taken some of his amazing recent pictures and used them to create a stunning time lapse video: presenting Within Two Worlds, a glorious display of the magnificent skies over America's western regions:

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You might recognize some of the scenery; the pink and purple aurorae we've been getting lately from solar storms, shots from Crater Lake, and more. I also like the effect of the star trails; at one point (around 1:55) you can see a meteor zipping across the sky, it's train lingering due to the way Brad processed the video.

We've had time lapse photography for decades, but the advent of digital cameras with good lenses and sensitive, well-crafted detectors has made it possible for more people to create these videos more easily. It's like another dimension has opened in the sky, one of beauty and awe. Using an old method we can see the sky in a new way and more easily share it with those around us. And I'm all for that.


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