My we’re good to you aren’t we?! Recently we’ve spoiled you rotten featuring some truly superb night sky time-lapse films, and this latest gem by Daniel Dragon Films is no exception.
Shot on the Outer Banks, North Carolina, this film features some wonderfully unique shots. Go full-screen for the full jaw-dropping effect!
Night Motion Timelapse: Outer Banks from Daniel Dragon Films on Vimeo.
The Outer Banks
by Daniel Dragon Films
About this video:
The production shooting for my film was done over two trips, one during the new moon in May, and one during the new moon in June.
For “Night Motion Timelapse: Outer Banks” most of the astrophotography was done at 25s exposure, ISO 1000, with aperture settings ranging from f/1.4 to f/2.2. I don’t like to use high ISO settings, (over ISO 2000), including astrophotography. I’d rather find another way, if possible.
The Milky Way shot was probably the most single challenging shot from a pure photography point of view, it was good to have prior “lighthouse” experience. When you’re shooting near a lighthouse, it causes terrible lens flare when you’re wide open at f/1.4. I wanted to get the Milky Way, and I also wanted to see the stars through the field of light cast by the beam. Final setting: 25s, ISO 800, f/2.0.
Test shot from pre-production - Image Credit: Daniel Dragon Films
People ask about the lack of “flickering” in my shots…. there is no flickering because the entire film is shot with Manual settings. The twilight shot with fire in the distance is done with Manual 15s exposures.
Canon 5DmkII (one BTS w/Canon 7D & 16-35mm)
Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens rented from BorrowLenses.com
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II-L lens
Tiffen 77mm & 85mm UV filters (vital for lens protection from salt, sand, and moisture)
Pearstone ShutterBoss remote timer
Bescor 40W basic LED on-camera light (mounted on its own tripod, w/ fabric dimmer)
MX2 controller from dynamicperception.com
Orion Teletrack AZ-G telescope pan/tilt mount from telescope.com
(Orion controlled with MX2 unit and custom interface cable)
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero 6 ft. motion control dolly
2 Aluratek ADMPFB100 external battery packs
Manfrotto 460MG 3D Magnesium Head
Manfrotto quick release plate used w/Orion
Universal Ball Head
2 Sunpak 6600DX tripods
There is more information on the making of this beautiful film on danieldragonfilms.com
Also follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook page!
I once thought that if I’d seen one night sky time-lapse I’d seen them all, but each and every one I’ve sat open mouthed watching has been unique, inspiring, and achingly beautiful.
Having recently started my own time-lapse tests I can just about appreciate how much time and effort has gone into these sorts of films! Awesome, in the truest sense of the word!