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Mountains Of Chile Offer Unparalleled View Of The “Ancients”

By Anthony Thurston on January 14th 2014

Over the course of 12 days, the following timelapse was shot in the mountain region of San Pedro de Atacama in Northern Chile. The region is known for some of the cleanest air on the planet, that mixed with dry climate, and high altitude makes from some of the best night sky shooting opportunities in the world.

Photographer ‘s trip was not without adversity though, as the first 6 days of his trip his luggage was lost. This, of course, made for interesting improvisation for camera stabilization…

… I had no tripods and no motion control equipment. I shot many time-lapses in this film with my cameras on buckets weighted down with rocks! it was far from ideal but I was determined not to miss an opportunity to capture this wonderful sky.

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Gear Used

[REWIND: How To Find The Best Night Sky In Your Local Area]

Nicholas shares a tip on getting the best look for your night sky images, “I always focused to infinity and set the composition so that all in shot would lie in the infinity range.” A simple, yet effective, tip on getting stunning and sharp images like those depicted in his beautiful timelapse.

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What are your thoughts on this timelapse? Does it make you want to go check out the mountains of Chile? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    As an astrophotographer I’d jump at the opportunity.

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  2. Matt Walsh

    Great capture of the night sky. I know from personal experience it’s not that easy. A tip of the hat.

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  3. Joseph Wu

    Fantastic article! Are there any full size resolutions of these images?

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  4. Jason lee

    amazing and fantastic! love this!

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  5. Hanssie

    One of the neatest timelapses I’ve seen. Very cool.

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