La tête dans les étoiles
La tête dans les étoiles
This is me !
And I am passionate about photography! Since ever ! Well.. almost: p I am particularly fascinated by astrophotography, and I would like to make a timelapse of the Milky Way of about 3:30 minutes or more with different landscapes, in France!
I come from a family of musicians, and I studied at the conservatory of music of Cannes so what better to associate my two passions? I will make myself the image and the music.
I have been preparing this project for a while now, I regularly check and test. I bought little by little the gear I needed but I still miss some stuff ...
What is a timelapse of the Milky Way?
A timelapse is taking pictures at regular intervals for a certain time to create an accelerated video. The more we take photos at large intervals, the faster the video will be, because we stream the images at a speed of 24 frames per second. The earth turns and the timelapse will highlight this movement. The stars will scroll in the sky and the ark of the Milky Way will rise!
Photographing the Milky Way is not an easy exercise, not to mention the necessary equipment, it is necessary to travel to escape the light pollution of the cities, to have the weather on its side and ideally to do it during the phase of new moon (when the moon is visible during the day) because the moon makes a lot of light and prevents to see the Milky Way. With all these conditions, there are only a few days left in the month to be able to make the pictures.
To make a timelapse, it takes time, a lot of time. For information, 15 seconds of video is equivalent to about 3:30 of real time, I go with a tent, something to eat, drink, spend time and because there are only a few days in the month available do it and at specific times, it will be done over several days spread over at least 3 months. There is also the processing phase of these thousands of photos, editing and to finish the music. I estimate it all at about 4 months of all-inclusive work.
This is not a sunset, but the light pollution that we see in orange, the effect is nice but we don't see very well the Milky Way
Allocation of funds
I currently have the following equipment
Tokina 11-16mm ATX-PRO F2.8
Sigma EX 30mm DC F1.4 HSM
Sigma EX 50mm DG F1.4 HSM
Nikon Nikkor 70-300 F4.5 DX VR
It's good stuff, but incomplete ...
To make this timelapse, it is imperative for me to get a motorized rail to be able to dynamize the scenes with fluid movements of the camera.
The idea is to have a slow motion camera traveling / panorama camera in addition to the Milky Way that runs in the background. A sort of parallax effect. It is impossible to obtain this rendering by doing it by hand, especially on such long time (3h30-4h30) of shooting per shot. You have to be able to program and automate the process.
I also need a less wide (but not too much) lens to make certain shots close to nature, such as rocks, trees, etc.
In the price it is necessary to count (approximately):
The motorized rail set (About 230 €) A heavy tripod (About 120 €) A kneecap (About 35 €) 2 additional batteries (About 40 €) An intermediary fast lens like the Sigma 20mm F1.8 for some shots (about 300 € second hand) About 15% of the donations will be reserved for the counterparties
To go further
And if I exceed 100%, I'll can really travel further and make shots in other regions, as in the Cevennes where light pollution is very controlled.