I’m in awe of the dedication it takes for timelapse photography – especially astro timelapse. One of our writers, Matthew Saville, frequently takes these off-the-grid, stay up all night for 4 days in a row in the freezing cold deserts of nowhere with no bathroom, lights or cell reception and the fruits of his labor are pretty darn incredible. I went camping once and the one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the millions of stars that are hidden from view in the city I live in.
The problem with timelapse videos now though is because of their popularity, the internet has become inundated with them. Many of the videos are great, some are not so great, but with all things, the oversaturation of them caused their new and shininess to go away and they are commonplace and often unremarkable…until someone comes in and does something totally different and very creative and turns timelapse photography upside down. Literally.
The following timelapse, created by Lance Page of Page Films, gives a new twist (pun intended) to astro timelapse photography. Page mounted his camera to a motorized pivot and pointed his camera at the North Star, so the camera actually spun with the stars instead of what we usually see where stars are spinning by. The result is otherworldy and brilliant.
Check it out and enjoy the “Ride in the Sky.”
If you’re curious about how this was created, Page has graciously provided a behind the scenes and detailed look on his blog. The project took him 9 camping trips and 4 months to complete and in his words, it “really is the definition of a passion project, paid for out of pocket and with absolute creative freedom.“
Lance is definitely an out of the box thinker and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with to innovate timelapse photography. If you want to see more of his work, check out his website here.