During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph +. That made it hard to get the shots I wanted. I kept most of the shots low to the ground, so the wind wouldn't catch the setup and cause camera shake, or blow it over. I used a Stage Zero Dolly on the dolly shots and a "Milapse" mount on the panning ones.
Canon 60D and T2i
Sigma 20mm F1.8
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly
Shot in RAW format, the Milky Way shots were 30 seconds exposure F2.8 or F1.8 with 3 second interval between shots, for 3-4 hours run time. ISO 1600
Ten seconds of the video is about 2 hours 20 minutes in real time.
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scored the soundtrack "Exodus" for the video
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Two dreams. One reality. Jason Isaacs stars in the mind-bending new drama AWAKE, premiering Thursday at 10/9c on NBC.
28th February 2012
Believe it or not, this was my biggest effort on any videos I've done. It took the most time, the most patience, the most research and the most money to create. Surprisingly one of the hardest things was to find bulk colored push pins. I ended up having to order about 40,000 push pins in variety packs in order to get all of the colors I needed. There are approximately 15,000 push pins in the portrait. I worked on it a little each day for about a month. The final portrait weighs about 40 pounds, which includes the cork board. I built a wooden frame to support it. I was afraid that when I lifted it, it would break under it own weight. So the frame worked out perfectly. In the video it looks like there is a problem with the forehead, but it's just the light reflecting.
The girl in the portrait is Dxdutch. I definitely couldnt have created this without her. She helped so much. Thank you!
The music in the video is my newest song. Called Time Catcher
A very quick clip to show the process Soren goes through when making one of his unique wooden lamp shades.
!!! Please before you write a negative comment about the waste of wood, please realize , this is fast growing pine, it had already been cut down to be used as firewood, the centre of the log is sap wood and is very poor quality, and all the wood chips are reused in another way, for heating, or in the garden. We appreciate your care for nature, and assure you that we too have the same regard for what our planet gives to us.
Filmed Rikki Berger
Edited Rikki Berger
Music Waldeck - Get up Carmen
I am a woodturner/inventor/teacher with 35 years at the lathe, I hope you enjoy a small glimpse into making one of my shades.
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