Photographer Randy Halverson spent 40 sleepless nights in an eight-month period in 2013, capturing these fascinating images in some of the most remote areas of the U.S. Midwest, including South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
To residents of more densely populated areas, where it is difficult to even clearly see the stars, let alone the Milky Way, the images might be almost unrecognizable. Randy explained how he took his images:
I use DSLR [digital single-lens reflex] cameras to shoot long exposure timelapse at night with up to 30-seconds per frame [meaning each frame has 30 seconds worth of footage, not to be confused with ‘frames per second’]. I then assembled the individual frames into the timelapse on my computer. I spent a lot of time with the hue settings and white balance during the month-and-a-half edit.
The weather was much the same while I was in Wyoming, it was cloudy two of the three nights I was there. But I did get some of my best Milky Way shots of the year in Wyoming. The clouds did make for some good sunrise and sunset shots. On the Milky Way shots you will see a lot of slow and fast moving satellites, a few meteors and planes. The meteors are hard to see in time-lapse, but you may see a quick flash because they only last one frame. If you see a light moving across the sky, it is either an airplane or satellite, not a meteor. Some of the Aurora I shot were unexpected with no advanced notice. Several nights I was setting up Milky Way shots, when I noticed the glow in the sky to the north.
Fantastic work! (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Randy Halverson from South Dakota has captured stunning images of the night sky including the Milky Way, seen here.
2. The 47-year-old spent 40 nights scattered across eight-months sat near his camera to obtain the crystal-clear footage. Here an aurora is seen above hay bales.
3. Scenes of rural fields, farms and tranquil lakes are set against the ever-changing backdrop of stars, constellations and auroras.
4. Halverson, from Kennebec, South Dakota has been shooting time-lapse pieces for more than four years.
5. The determined videographer battled with cloudy weather conditions to achieve the amazing footage of the dramatic Midwestern night sky.
6. Randy said: ‘I use DSLR [digital single-lens reflex] cameras to shoot long exposure time-lapse at night with up to 30-seconds per frame’.
7. One of the pieces of equipment Halverton uses is a dolly. A dolly is a metal or plastic rail which is set up to move smoothly in time with the sky.
8. To capture time-lapsed images Halverson attaches a camera that moves slowly to the dolly to give perfect motion across the sky.
9. Most of the time-lapses take several hours, but some are as long as six hours.
10. Aside from time-lapse photography Halverton also captured stunning regular imagery as well, such as the sun rising here.
11. While battling weather conditions, the photographer was also able to capture amazing images such as lightning in clouds here.
12. It’s not all about the night sky; here clouds moving across the sky are seen above a beautiful vista.
13. This image, looking somewhat like the surface of Mars, shows the glorious band of the Milky Way over Earth’s surface.
14. ‘Some of the Aurora I shot were unexpected with no advanced notice,’ Halverson said. ‘Several nights I was setting up Milky Way shots, when I noticed the glow in the sky to the north’.
15. Halverson also explained he was in Utah for six nights to capture some of the images, but it was only clear on one night.
16. ‘The weather was much the same while I was in Wyoming, it was cloudy two of the three nights I was there,’ he said. On clear nights, however, he was able to spot incredible amounts of stars such as in this image.
17. Halverson also said that the clouds made for some great sunrise and sunset shots, like the one seen here.
18. In some of his Milky Way time-lapse shots he said he was able to spot meteors, planes and satellites.
19. These images were captured between Spring and Autumn 2013 across the US.
And here is the captivating timelapse video:
Source: Randy Halverson.
Via The Mail Online.
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