Time-lapse photography of clouds and other phenomena in the sky

Martin Setvak

Gallery 2017 - Samsung NX500, Ricoh GXR A16 (24-85mm) and Ricoh GX100

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My timelapsing gear presently consists of two APS-C cameras: Samsung NX500 (with Samyang 12mm F2.0 NCS CS and Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II lenses) and Ricoh GXR camera with its A16 (24-85mm) zoom unit, and two old Ricoh GX100 compact cameras (nowadays almost unused). Comments on why I use these cameras can be found in the Introduction to time-lapse photography page, and my typical settings and additional comments on timelapsing with Ricoh cameras are here. Notes on timelapsing with the Samsung NX500 can be found here.   All the times below are given in UTC (GMT).

2017-03-27   19:00 - 21:00 UTC  (2h 00m)
Samsung NX 500 & Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II,  interval 20 seconds, speed 600x
ISO 2500, exposure 15 seconds, F/2.8

20170327_1900-2100utc_Veliz_zodiacal-light_1620x1080.mp4  (32 MB)
and the same sequence (slightly longer, 19:00-21:20 UTC), with star trails at the end of the movie:
20170327_1900-2120utc_Veliz_zodiacal-light_startrails_1620x1080.mp4  (35 MB)

Zodiacal light from central Europe. While spectacular images of zodiacal light captured under dark sky of tropics and subtropics became more frequent in last years (see e.g. stunning photos taken by Yuri Beletski or Petr Horálek), it is rather difficult to find a good location for this type of photography in heavily light-polluted areas, such as Central Europe. This sequence was captured from slopes of Velíz Hill, about 40km southwest of Prague, Czech Republic (westward view, see this DNB image taken on the same night several hours later). The brighter sky at left part of the scenery is illuminated by 40km distant Plzeň (Pilsen), while the strong yellow light at right comes from 20km remote Rakovník.  See also static images from this sequence: zodiacal light at 19:02 UTC and at 19:15 UTC, and star trails (and aircraft tracks) image, based on all images from 19:00-21:20 UTC, created by  StarStaX software.

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