MAGNIFICENT time lapse: Landscapes, Volume 2

By Phil Plait | October 7, 2011 6:42 am

I still can’t seem to get enough of these time lapse videos, especially when they show dramatic landscapes coupled with meteorological motion and astronomical beauty. And this one is especially amazing, so, for your Friday enjoyment: Landscapes, Volume 2.

[Make sure you have it set to HD and make it full screen! Turn up the volume, too.]

I think my favorite parts are when you see stars, yet the landscape is lit up and the sky is blue. How can that be?

It’s because of the Moon! Each frame of a nighttime time lapse is a several second exposure, so the stars show up, but the scattered light from the Moon is enough to make the sky blue (the same reason it’s blue during the day; scattered light from the Sun). It can also light up the landscape, making it look like day… until you notice those stars.

Photographer Dustin Farrell shot this in Arizona and Utah, using a Canon 5D2, a camera I’ve heard very good things about. The color balance is immaculate. Some day…

And if you noticed this is Volume 2, why then, here’s Volume 1. Gorgeous.

Tip o’ the lens cap to Max Bittle

Related posts:

Well, at least light pollution makes for a pretty time lapse
Time lapse: The Wagging Pole – Night Watch
Stunning Finnish aurora time lapse
Wyoming skies
Another jaw-dropping time lapse video: Tempest
Time lapse: Journey Through Canyons
Down under Milky Way time lapse

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (11)

  1. Dennis

    Phil (may I call you Phil, Dr. Plait?) –
    Wondering if you’re aware of the first time lapse film festival next month in New Mexico:

  2. Aubri

    I love how the slow camera motion on these time-lapse things gives you such a sense of depth without any 3D technology at all.

  3. Trebuchet

    The video wouldn’t play properly on the old computer I customarily use so I had to fire up my wife’s new one. Quite gorgeous that way!

  4. eyelessgame

    OT, for which I apologize.. but it’s Ada Lovelace day, apropos which may I just suggest we should be calling them Leavitt variables, not Cepheid variables.

  5. Shatners Basoon

    Really nice work, although, in my humble opinion, some of the images are a little over processed.

  6. nancyem

    What a gorgeous world we live in! Thank you for posting this.

  7. Cathy

    This is one area where most modern 3D CGI engines still have a lot of work to do. Actual reality beats out virtual reality in landscapes, hands down.

  8. Man. These really make me miss Arizona…


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