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Christoph Malin’s “Black Hole Sun” – Astronomic Landscape and Milky Way TimeLapse

Posted on August 12, 2011 in Photography

Christoph Malin’s “Black Hole Sun” – Astronomic Landscape and Milky Way TimeLapse


Black Hole Sun is a statement against light pollution and waste of energy – especially in the European alps. The west and eastern alps offer some of the last remote places where you and your kids can enjoy the beauty of a starry, clear, night sky, which is the same for all people: one people, one sky!

By contrasting footage of highly lit cities and frequented traffic ways in the Tyrol inn-valley with surrounding dark valleys and mountains, Christoph Malin was able to show some effects of light pollution, which hinders us from watching a clear, starry night sky.

Light pollution increases during winter time due to inversion which results in smog in the valleys. Inversion means that a heated, polluted layer of air on a valley’s bottom is separated from cold, fresh air above. This polluted air causes health problems, especially with children. In some parts of the footage one can see inversion.

Location: Tyrol (around Innsbruck), Austria, La Palma (Canary Islands), Dolomites (Gröden).

Tech: Nikon D3X, D700, D7000, D300, AFS 14-24/2.8, AF 16/2.8 Fisheye, AF 20/2.8, AF 50/1.8. Astrotac TT320-XAG (astrotrac.com), Dynamic Perception Dolly (dynamicperception.com).

Teaser: “The Island” – La Palma Time Lapse Video

Below is a teaser time-lapse video called “The Island”, which was filmed in the first week of August 2011, less than 10 hrs sleep the whole week! This is one awesome looking video for just teasing.

Tech: 4 Nikon DLSR (1 x D3s, D700, 2 x D7000), 6 Nikon Pro Lenses (10/2.8 DX, 2 x 14-24/2.8, 24-70/2.8, 50/1.4, 24/1.4), up to 5 Manfrotto/Tripods, Stage Zero Dynamic Perception Dolly, Orion Astronomic Head, AstroTrac TT320X-AG, rechargeable batteries.


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