A Dazzling Time-Lapse of Stars, Meteors, and Auroras Dancing in the Sky

Photographer Brad Goldpaint started his journey in photography just three years ago, but you’d never guess that from watching this impressive time-lapse effort, titled “Within Two Worlds.” Goldpaint writes,

Within Two Worlds depicts an alternate perspective by giving us the illusion of times movement, signifying a beginning and end within a world of constant contradiction. It appears you are traveling in the midst of a dream, half-sleeping, half-waking, and touching the arch connecting heaven and earth.

I discovered my passion for photography shortly after my mother’s passing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 3 years ago. This time-lapse video is my visual representation of how the night sky and landscapes co-exist within a world of contradictions. I hope this connection between heaven and earth inspires you to discover and create your own opportunities, to reach your rightful place within two worlds.

Here are some stills from the video just to give you a taste of how impressive the photographs are:

The video is composed of roughly 7,000 still photographs captured with Nikon DSLR equipment. There’s movement in the video, but Goldpaint didn’t use any dedicated motion control system while shooting the stills.

Back in July, when the sun released a massive solar flare, Goldpaint went out to a lake in Central Oregon to capture the aurora as seen from the northwest United States:

(via Wired)

Image credits: Video and photographs by Brad Goldpaint and used with permission

  • Ralph Hightower

    Absolutely stunning! Anytime there’s a timelapse with the stars, Milky Way, and aurora, you’ve got me hooked!
    Since I checked off my top bucket list item on July 8, 2011, photographing the aurora has moved into first place.

  • harumph

    He didn’t just start his journey in photography 3 years ago, as this article claims. From his own website: “Photography became a passion for me while studying Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the International Institute of Architecture in Vico Morcote, Switzerland beginning in 2002.”

    So he’s been shooting for at least 10 years. I’m not sure why his statement about this video contradicts his own bio.

  • Mike Lewinski

    I imagine he meant to say his passion for time lapse photography started three years ago.

  • D.G. Brown

    That pink aurora over Crater Lake, though… Man…

  • Jeremy Madore

    Superb. Well done, Mr. Goldpaint! Keep up the great work!

  • Tom Serru

    Too bad you can’t experiment with shots like these in Belgium… too much light pollution