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Timescapes Trailer is Breathtaking

We’ve not had any mind blowing nature photography for a while so I thought we should fix that oversight. Fortunately film maker Tom Lowe has just released a trailer for his upcoming film, Timescapes and it fits the bill in every regard. Timescapes is a portrait of the American Southwest and if it’s half as good as the trailer it should be very pretty indeed.

Should you be so inclined, you can pre-order the film by going to: timescapes.org/pre_order.asp

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Dropping Science: What Does it Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth?

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As promised, here is the second recent video from the International Space Station (ISS). This week we have time lapse footage taken by the station as it passes over the earth at night. Cities become fiery pits of light and lightning strikes flash out into space like the beacon of a lighthouse.

The recording begins over the Pacific and then heads roughly southwards across the Americas and down into Antarctica where it hits dawn. If you’re interested in playing “name that glowing dot” some of the cities and landmarks passed along the way are (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

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As a reminder, we’re down at the Entertainment Media Show with David Tennant today and tomorrow. If you want to meet the good Doctor or pick up a signed copy of our own comic, please drop by to Earls Court.

Dropping Science: Tempest Milky Way

I figured it had been a while since we last had some stunning footage of the night sky. Fortunately I recently discovered this video by Randy Halverson which easily sits alongside some of the very best such videos. As always, here’s a little bit from the man himself:

One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn’t come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.

As a special Easter egg , pause the video around the 1:57 mark for a glimpse of a Whitetail Buck appearing on the horizon. The animal poked around near the camera for about 10 mins but when translated to the full speed film, it’s gone in a flash.

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Dropping Science: Timelapse Cityscape

You may have gathered by now that I rather love timelapse photography but with the quality of work that’s flying around at the moment that’s hardly surprising. This is an amazing piece by Canadian photographer, Dominic Boudreault which – in his own words – attempts “to show the duality between city and nature.”

It was shot from late 2010 to early 2011 in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Chicago and, of course, New York.

Be sure to whack the volume up before watching for a bit of Hans Zimmer goodness!

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