A Four-Camera 360° Panoramic Time Lapse of the Night Sky


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The night sky is a glorious sight that can be a challenge to capture with a camera, but it's photographer Vincent Brady's specialty. He shoots using various techniques, closeups, long exposures, time lapse and infrared included. Yet according to Brady, he's best known for the beautiful shots he acquires using the following method:

"While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. 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 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse."

Brady spent over a year shooting footage for and editing the video. Visit his website to read more. Via Colossal.


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