A few weeks ago, I posted a gorgeous “dreamlapse” video that was made in Death Valley. Readers said they enjoyed it.
Yesterday, I received an email from Daniel Lowe of Daniel Dragon Films. “I have something similar, done around the same time, but with more timelapse and startrails sequences,” Lowe wrote.
He sent me a link to the gorgeous video above, which features a timelapse of the Geminid meteor shower, as seen from Black Balsam Knob in the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. As we recently reported, the Geminid meteor shower is one of “the most prolific and mysterious annual cosmic fireworks show[s].” Peak viewing time is mid-December.
Lowe explained that he made the startrails in After Effects, using the “Lighten” blend mode. For those who want to geek out further, this was his setup:
2 X Canon 5Dmk2
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8
Bescor 40W LED light with home-made “night diffuser” for foreground lighting
Stage Zero motion control dolly from DynamicPerception.com
Astro shots taken at 25s, f/4, ISO 1000.
In case you missed it, check out the best videos of the recent meteor fireball in Russia