• Facebook

    500 K / likes

  • Twitter

    1 M / followers

This Experimental Time-Lapse Imagines Life Without Light Pollution

2 Comments

What kind of nighttime time-lapses could you shoot in cities like Los Angeles if light pollution weren’t a problem? A couple of time-lapse photographers want to show you. They’ve created an experimental time-lapse that shows a sky full of stars and star trails over the light-polluted city of Los Angeles.

17137189516_807f12a607_z

Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic released the video above as a teaser for their greater effort, the SKYGLOW project. The duo has partnered with the International Dark Sky Association to share the effects and dangers of urban light pollution.

Inspired by photographer Thierry Cohen’s “Darkened Cities” project, which shows what cities look like without lights, their film combines time-lapse scenes from light polluted cities with time-lapses captured at some of the “most incredible Dark Sky Preserves in North America.”

“We composited the 5K timelapse foregrounds and backgrounds using Adobe Photoshop and merged them together to create the fantasy starscape you see here,” Heffernan tells PetaPixel.

16975355898_47983520cf_z

16975591650_fb0bcd763c_z

16975445828_48e86e4450_z

17163114275_313826792f_z

16975679020_f7dc40d1e6_z

16976960819_b44dd29b91_z

17162513401_943929eb69_z

You can find out more (and support) the book and time-lapse series over on its Kickstarter fundraising page.


P.S. If you’d like to shoot still photos of star trails in light polluted places, here’s a tutorial on how you can actually do so.

2 Comments