Stargazing in the Canadian Rockies
12/18/2013 - My newest timelapse comes from the beautiful Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. In stark contrast to my first timelapse, this was created in just two nights times. I spent the days scouting for locations and then spent every minute of the night out shooting.
During the day, I took a bit of time to check out the awesome events planned for the festival, which included presentations from Discovery Channel's Jay Ingram, astronomer David Levy, science journalist Peter Mcmahon, and the great Northern lights photographer Yuichi Takasaka. In addition to the presentations, there were also sky gazing events and a beautiful night orientated art showing. Truly a unique and exciting experience.
After checking out as much of the festival as I could, I scouted locations during the day and then made my way out between 5-6pm to get to the first spot before it was dark. I stayed out shooting and moving from spot to spot each night until just before sunrise. The weather didn't cooperate for my third night, but In the end, I took over 2,000 photos at locations such as Lake Annette, Athabasca Glacier, Pyramid Lake, and many others.
Out of all the places I've traveled in search for dark skies, Jasper definitely offered some of the best views I've ever seen. The sky in the Columbia Icefield area was unlike any I had witnessed before. Thanks to Yuichi and Peter for taking me there! Although my visit was brief, I really felt a connection to the park and the festival. It was great to be around so many people that were excited about astronomy and preserving the night sky. The festival in 2014 already has Chris Hadfield lined up as a guest, so they're definitely moving forward full force and they've definitely got me excited to go back!
I hope you enjoy the timelapse and maybe even decide to plan a trip to see it all for yourself.
Stargazing in the Canadian Rockies has been featured by National Geographic, LA Times, Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, EarthSky.org, Universe Today, and more!
Home At The Shore
9/11/2013 - After 10 months, more than 40 hours of shooting, and over 5,000 photos taken, I'm proud to present my first timelapse video, Home At The Shore. Please hit play and take a journey to some of New Jersey's most beautiful beaches and shoreline locations and watch as the stars travel across the sky. I hope everyone enjoys watching and maybe even decides on setting aside a night just for stargazing. Trust me, the world can seem a lot calmer when you're staring up at the stars and listening to the waves crash on the beach.
On a personal level, the release of this video is very exciting for me. I've spent more time on this project than any in the past. I've learned new techniques, new software, and then went back and did it all over when I learned that I was doing it wrong. Each step along the way to finishing this was more exciting than the one before it. I want to thank all of my friends, family, and my girlfriend for all of the continued support.
A special thank you to all of those who have worked so hard to restore the homes of those lost during Sandy. Thank you to every volunteer that has spent time bringing the beauty back to our boardwalks and our beaches. The last year has been filled with heartbreak and devastation with much work still being done.
It may not ever be the same as it once was, but it will always be beautiful and it will always be home.
I'm very excited that Home At The Shore has been featured on the front page of National Geographic , Universe Today, I09, and more!
Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to watch and share!
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