A Time-lapse Photography Message From Astronauts to All Humankind for 2013

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A very inspiring start to the new year. Further Up Yonder is, by far, one of the greatest and best examples you can find to exemplify the full capabilities of time-lapse photography. Giamoco Sardelli, a young photographer and videographer, authored this inspiring story, a message from the International Space Station to all Humankind:

I wanted to use pictures taken from the International Space Station to tell a story and share the message sent by the astronauts who worked on the station in the last 11 years. They are working to open a Gateway to Space for all humankind, but people on Earth must understand that they have to get rid of the concept of borders on our planet if they want to follow the astronauts to new worlds in outer space. While the cosmonauts speak a day passes on Earth, from dawn to sunset, until the Gateway opens with a burst of light. The ISS then gains speed, the astronauts are leaving our planet which they see spinning faster and faster, merging earth, oceans and people together, ready to follow them, Further Up Yonder.

One must admit this is quite an achievement and it couldn’t possibly become that uplifting, motivational and inspiring if it wasn’t for the time-lapse process. Personally, as I’m very fond of this sort of imagery, I found this particular work as one the most powerful time-lapse photography videos on the web and a true addition to the art.

On a technical note, and as thoroughly stated on previous time-lapse photography posts, this is a time consuming process, as every picture needs to be individually edited. The pictures were all provided from the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, all shot with Nikon D3S cameras at very high ISO’s (from 200 for daytime shots, to 3200 and 12800 for nighttime shots). The de-noise filters and further post processing edits were developed with dedicated software from Adobe and Topaz.

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For Further Training on Time-lapse Photography:

There is a new COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide

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