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‘Skylight’ Timelapse Features Dramatic Sky Shows From Around the World Spanning 6 Years

By Hanssie on February 18th 2016

When you go outside, look up. What do you see? No matter where you are on this planet, “there is but one constant – the sky.” Almost every day (at least around these parts), the sky provides and delights us with a show. Whether at sunrise, sunset or in between, the light rays, clouds particles and molecules all work together to create picture perfect views that we spend countless hours waiting for and photographing. But what does the sky look like in other parts of the world? Do others enjoy the same sunrises, sunsets, and watercolors that I do? But of course, and the following time-lapse shows us just how beautiful the sky is around the world.

Chris Pritchard spent the last six years photographing skies around the world. The 3-minute video below is comprised of about 36 hours of time in 42 locations. Titled, ‘Skylight,’ the time-lapse shows the ever changing skies – a clash of blue and white and sometimes reds, yellows, oranges and purple hues interspersed with clouds, stars, the Milky Way and even a meteor. You’ll see skies above some of these famous places: 
Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, New Zealand, Big Sur, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CARMA, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Yosemite, Vermillion Cliffs, Mojave Desert.


Notable favorites in the time-lapse:

0:59 The watercolor sky above the ocean (one of my favorite things to see)

1:22 Where the satellites look like robots dancing

2:03 The meteor and smoke trail

2:35 The Good Year blimp swarming about like a deflating balloon

2:51 Looks like something out of a light projector at a planetarium, but was shot about a mile above the LA Basin in the mountains. The foggy night diluted the city’s light pollution making the brilliant starry sky gorgeously visible.

As for gear, Chris used quite a variety ranging from a Canon 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, and a Canon 6D, with a few shots captured with a Sony a7s. He also used Dynamic Perception and eMotimo motion control equipment for the pans and slider movements and Adobe After Effects, LRTimelapse, and Premiere Pro for post processing.

Watch this on in 4K on a giant screen. It’s glorious.

For more of Chris Pritchard’s work and behind the scenes images, check out his website and follow him on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Erika Pinkley

    Just breathtaking to watch!!!!

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  2. Ankur Puri

    Great work for sure, but the footage looked a bit too crisp to my eyes…not something that’s preferable for a TL sequence at least. Just my opinion.

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  3. Joshua Herd

    Great video. I need to learn this.

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  4. Dave Haynie


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  5. Bill Bentley

    Very nice.

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  6. Joseph Prusa

    Wow , amazing video.

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  7. Bob Davis

    Beautiful video…

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