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My Oct 24th Aurora photos were on network news, CNN and dozens of web sites

Northern Lights Travel South: Aurora Borealis Seen In Over 20 States (PHOTOS)



Reflecting on the ISS

Astrophoto: Meteor and its Persistent Train by Randy Halverson

A meteor’s lingering tale interview


Yahoo NewsJaw-droppingly gorgeous video captures the Milky Way as Earth spins

Peta Pixel – Epic Time-Lapse of Lightning Storms Under the Milky Way

National Geographic – New Timelapse Video: “Tempest” Pits Stars Against Storms

Gizmodo This Time-Lapse of the Milky Way in South Dakota’s Skies Is the Best Good Morning I Could Ask For

Universe TodayStunning New Timelapse: Tempest Milky Way

Bad Astronomer Another jaw-dropping time lapse video: Tempest | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Daily Mail

Night-time supernova: Amazing time-lapse images show Midwest’s starry, starry sky

The Telegraph


Gizmodo – Watch the Milky Way Wheel Overhead In All Its Glory


Huffington Post – Milky Way Timelapse from South Dakota


Wired – Time-Lapse Video Catches Milky Way Season in Swing


Bad Astronomy – Gorgeous Milky Way time lapse

____________________________________________________________________________________________ – Incredible time-lapse shows the Milky Way from the plains of South Dakota



Bad Astronomy – Time Lapse Orion


Open Culture –

Orion: The Beauty of South Dakota Nights in Time Lapse


MegaPixel – In Hebrew – Orion – night photography of this world


Gizmodo – French


Stunning Orion time-lapse makes use of some very cool gear

Combine beautiful South Dakota landscape, with some cool gear, technical expertise, and a whole lot of patience, and what do you get? If you’re lucky (and have had lots of experience) you might get something like the incredible time-lapse above.

Shot by Randy Halverson, whose work we’ve featured before, this time-lapse has a number of impressive moments, amazing contrast between the starry night sky and the scenario on the ground, and a few cool techniques. And, as mentioned in the title, Halverson is not afraid to use some cool products to help his work. In this video he not only used the Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero dolly that is so popular with time-lapsers these days, but he also used an Orion motorized telescope head in order to do pan and tilt movement over the length of the time-lapse.

So here is the setup for, say, an hour-long shooting session: the camera is operating on a timer and taking shots at set intervals. It’s mounted on a track and will move from point A on that track to point B during the hour. The track is a straight line, but you can position it differently to change the effect and you can even tilt it with a tripod. And finally you have the Orion telescope head (or a Milapse head, etc.) which you set to turn the camera side-to-side or up-and-down over the length of the session. It’s a lot of planning and a lot of things going on at once (very slowly) but the effect is fantastic. To the right you can see what an Orion teletrack looks like.

So, nope, “Orion” doesn’t have anything to do with those stars in the sky. Orion is just an optics brandowned by Imaginova Company.

As for the rest of the gear, Halverson used a Canon 60D and T2i (550D), the Tokina 11-16mm lens, the Sigma 20mm F1.8 lens, and finally the Tamron 17-50mm lens. He was nice enough to leave some shooting notes as well: He shot in RAW with 25 second exposures with 2 seconds between shots, at ISO 1600. Each scene was about 300 frames, which (by my math, comes out to about 2 hours and 15 minutes per scene, not including setup time.

You can see more of his work at DakotaLapse




Wired Magazine

Robo-Camera Rig Animates the Night Sky


The Awesomer

Randy Halverson’s beautiful time lapse video of desolate sub-zero nights in South Dakota (with wind chills of -25) makes us thankful for the crummy forty degree weather we’re having here.


Caught on tape: cold’s beauty

Argus Leader

WASHINGTON – South Dakotans just thawing out from a harsh winter might not appreciate it, but….. read more


Beautiful winter time-lapse shot at -25 degrees

Above is one of the best time-lapses we’ve seen in a while. It was taken during a cold South Dakota winter, featuring amazing skies, haunting buildings, and some really stunning scenery. Visually it’s rather stark, but the lighting is hugely impressive and the movement adds tremendously to the overall effect. Watch the video, it speaks for itself.

If you hadn’t noticed, two things that go extremely well with time-lapse photography are dollies and the night sky. That latter is obvious: we know the stars are moving in the night sky, but it’s only with the magic of time-lapse that we can actually see them do so (unless if you are really, really patient). Stars moving across the sky and the blossoming of flowers are real crowd-pleasers in the time-lapse world, but the pros really like to introduce movement as well, and this means a dolly. Using a dolly with a timer, like the one from Dynamic Perceptions, a mounted camera can move slowly and steadily as it takes its pictures. The effect adds a lot to lapses as the camera is no longer stationary so the videos seem to be much more alive.

In the video’s notes the photographer, Randy Halverson, points out that not only was a dolly used but so was a Milapse mount. If you are curious about that piece of hardware (I was) it’s a Meade DS telescope mount with programmable motion controls. It’s basically a 2-axis tripod mount that works with a computer controller and can be rigged to then mount a DSLR in order to add timed pan/tilt controls. These go perfectly with a time-lapse if you want to added side-to-side or up/down motion, plus the mount can be combined with a dolly to make things really interesting. More on the $249 MiLapse kit here.

Curious about the more standard equipment? Halverson used a Canon 60D and a Canon T2i for shooting and then a Tokina 11-16mm and 17-55mm lenses. It’s definitely a budget setup compared to the Canon 5D MK IIs and L series glass usually used for lapses, but the result is clearly top notch. As for the typical process, 20 second exposures (on a one second interval) were taken in RAW format.

Halverson wrote that he usually shot for about 300 frames, which means about an hour and 45 minutes of shooting in the cold, not including what must have been lots of setup time.


National Geographic
Dakota Skies Time-Lapse Video

In this jaw-dropping time-lapse video, photographer Randy Halverson has captured the crisp, starry skies over South Dakota in February.

According to Halverson, most nights he was out shooting were sub-zero, sometimes with a wind chill of -25 degrees F (-31.6 degrees C).

Shooting the scenes involved a dolly, two Canon cameras, two lenses, and a cooler packed with hand-warmers to help keep the equipment working in the deep freeze.

—Picture copyright Randy Halverson

Each 10- to 12-second-long segment in the video includes about 300 frames, most shot with 20-second exposure times, adding up to several hours of filming—not counting setup and travel time.

But the chilly effort was certainly worth it!

Opening with a glorious moon halo, the video shows a number of familiar star patterns in sharp detail, such as the constellation Orion—complete with “sword”—and the “seven sisters” Pleiades star cluster.

The beauty of the long exposures is that the snowy landscapes appear almost as bright as they would in daytime, with the star-spangled sky overhead.

What’s more, despite the seeming remoteness of the vistas, the video captures several signs of life. What appear to be planes streak through the stars, blurred cars zip along the country roads, and if you look close at the abandoned house around the 1:30 mark, dark blobs that may be raccoons slink in and out of the attic!

—Picture copyright Randy Halverson

Thanks, Randy, for granting permission for us to share this incredible work.


Stunning winter sky timelapse video: Sub Zero
Discover Magazine – Bad Astronomy

I love all the time-lapse videos I’ve been seeing over the past few months. They show the night sky the way I see it: ethereal, mysterious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring.Photographer Randy Halverson created this stunning video from images he took just last month in the bone-chilling winter of South Dakota. He calls it “Sub Zero”. Make sure you’ve set it to show the HD version.

Amazing! I love how it starts with a Moon halo: the ring around the Moon as light from our satellite refracts through ice crystals in the air. You can see the familiar constellations of Orion and Taurus throughout the video, as well as stars like Sirius and the Pleiades cluster. Each picture was an exposure of several seconds, and in some, like the ones with the playground in the foreground, you see the blurring of terrestrial objects from the wind. [UPDATE: Randy just sent me a note; you can see animals moving in and out of the attic on the right side of the house in the playground shot. Raccoons? Well, something that can survive the temperatures. Ice warriors, probably.]

I remember when I was first dabbling in astrophotography when I was in high school. I took shots of the northern sky from my driveway, and when I developed them (yes, they were film and I used a darkroom and everything) I was deeply surprised to see the blue sky and well-lit houses and ground! But I quickly understood that these were long exposures, and any scattered light — street lights, Washington DC on my horizon to the northeast, and so on — would make these look more like daytime shots… even though you could see stars in the sky. Randy’s video (and others like it I’ve posted in the past; see Related Posts below) show the same effect. It looks like they were taken in the day, until you see the sky littered with stars.

And as much as I love big, splashy wide-angle shots of the night sky, the addition of a slowly moving viewpoint as the stars wheel overhead makes these videos even more enthralling. It’s hard to imagine a better way to show people the art and magnificence of what we see every night over our heads.



Sub Zero: Winter Time-Lapse in South Dakota

Earlier this month, Randy Halverson braved the cold South Dakota nights (where temperatures often drop to -25 below wind chill), to create this nighttime time-lapse film. Using a Canon 60D and T2i, Halverson gave each shot a 20 second exposure, with a one second interval placed between shots. The result is pretty jaw-dropping. H/T @matthiasrascher.


Maddow Blog
Winter’s Passage
Beautiful video that’s also completely do-it-yourself-able. Randy Halverson is graciously generous with the details of how he took the shots that make up the above clip. I never would have guessed 20 second exposure times and I definitely wouldn’t have guessed (though it seems obvious now) that there’s a consumer level dolly kit that even works in ass-off cold. It’s not clear if is all Halverson or some kind of group project, but the work is really inspiring.


Photography Blogger
Winter Night Timelapse
This is an incredible timelapse by Randy Halverson. It was shot during the really cold month of February in South Dakota. If you like this, then you must check out more of Randy’s work on his website.

The gradual panning and multiple scenes (along with the stunning photography and music) makes this one of my favorite timelapses. Randy has got a true talent for putting a timelapse together and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

Watching it fullscreen is always recommended. – Croation
So cold and so beautiful
Randy Halverson recorded the night sky over South Dakota at a temperature below zero fat.The camera recorded the beautiful winter landscape …




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