Tag: Daniel López

Stunning time lapse video: The Light of Stars

By Phil Plait | March 2, 2012 11:22 am

Look. I know I post a lot of time lapse videos. But that’s because they’re so cool! Still, I’m getting choosy, and trying only to put up ones that are different in some way: ones filmed at an odd perspective, ones showing something different in the sky or foreground, or ones that have an unusually bigger feel and sweep to them.

So when I say I have one that’s really good, well, I mean it. So sit back, make this full screen, crank up the speakers, and watch The Light of Stars:

I know! This was shot on the island of Tenerife in the Canaries, an area of surpassing beauty, and one of the best astronomical observing sites in the world.

I love it when the photographer edits the cuts to match the music, and this one hits that perfectly. The Moon rise at the beginning had me laughing out loud in delight, and the distorted, wavy rising Moon at the 1:10 mark was simply stunning (I literally got a chill down my back watching it). And the spider? Come on! That was brilliantly shot.

This video was made by Daniel López, who created the lovely time lapse "El Cielo de Canarias" (Canary Sky) which I featured on this blog last year, and which is still one of my all-time favorites. If you still find yourself craving more jaw-dropping shots of the night sky, then go look at his astrophotographs.

You’re welcome.

It makes me supremely happy to know that there are such hard-working, clever, and artistically gifted people out there, whose life work is to show others just how beautiful our world is.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Incredibly, impossibly beautiful time lapse video

By Phil Plait | May 4, 2011 10:57 am

I’ve been posting a lot of time lapse videos lately, and they’re so amazing I keep thinking they can’t possibly get any more beautiful.

I keep thinking wrong.

"El Cielo de Canarias" (Canary Sky) is simply, unbelievably breathtaking.

Wow. I mean, wow. Daniel López is a gifted photographer. While looking at his photographs, my jaw literally dropped. They are that extraordinary.

Many years ago I visited La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, for a meeting. In the distance we could sometimes see the very top of Mt. Teide, seen in this video, poking over the clouds. It was so unearthly and captivating, and López has captured that feeling here. This video has everything! The fluid motion of the clouds, a double rainbow (yes, yes, I know), a corona around the Sun (not the Sun’s atmosphere, but a lovely optical effect from water droplets in the clouds), standing-wave lenticular clouds, even a Green Flash! Watch the stars as they wheel across the view; can you spot the Pleiades, the Andromeda Galaxy?

As many of these videos as I have seen, I’m still looking forward to more from Sr. López. This one is absolutely stunning.

Tip o’ the lens cap to Felipe Gallego.


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