Visiting the Astronomers

La Palma is one of the best spots on the planet for looking deep into the night sky. No wonder it is well known by astronomers and astrophysicists. During the Astromaster 2016 workshop our group had the opportunity (and special permission) to shoot during the night at the Observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos, 2400m above sea level.

Here's a short glimpse of last night, featuring the Hershel telescope

Astromaster 2016 - Hershel at Night from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

First Night Session in a Short Video

Some impressions of the first night shooting session of the «Astromaster 2016» workshop in La Palma.

The Moon on the Night Sky

Less than half a moon can make such a difference. This is the dark sky in the south of La Palma – a very dark area:dsc03563_2750

When the moon has risen about two hours later, it's a complete different situation. The shot below was captured with a 85mm lens on a full frame camera.

First Night of Shooting

The first shooting of the «Astromaster 2016» workshop took place in the south of La Palma, near Fuenacaliente: A wonderfull location, a clear night, some clouds in the distance and the moon rising at midnight. Our shooting ended after 3.00 in the morning, and classes continue after 4 hours of sleep…

The Island of La Gomera after Moonrise

About the project «Timelapse Plus»

This is a special blog about the project «Timelapse Plus».
I took five weeks off to reshape and augment my knowledge in time-lapse shooting. 
The project consists of three parts:
  • The «Astromaster 2016» workshop in La Palma starting the 21th September 2016. Here I want to learn more about the night sky and the skills to shoot photos and time lapses at night in high altitude. 
  • Visiting the hyper lapse master Geoff Tompkinson. During a private workshop I would like to refine my hyper lapse skills.
  • Rendering and editing two to three short time-lapse movies and publish them on my Vimeo account (and here as well too). 

During the coming weeks I will share some of the little adventures and learnings here in this special blog. So, if you’re interested, come back and have a look.

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