Awesome timelapse – SF to Paris with Aurora

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This is just really really cool – a timelapse shot on an airplane from San Francisco to Paris – which includes an in-air view of the Aurora Borealis – all captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews)

Now, if they'd only had a lenskirt to block the reflections in the window!

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SF to Paris in Two Minutes from Beep Show on Vimeo.

I shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse. More of these wacky time lapses at

Shot with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm – 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots. The music is a modified demo track “Gain” by DETUNE ltd. denkitribe on the Korg iMS20 iPad App. I'm pretty sure the track is copyrighted but it's My First Synthesizer score so I'm hoping denkitribe is cool with it. Edits and pans in After Effects CS5 and iMovie.

The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device when the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear.

Thanks to my neighbors for not minding an SLR click every 2 to 30 seconds for 11 hours, and thanks to the whole Air France flight crew for being insanely friendly and allowing me to shoot. Thanks to @ztaylor for showing me the Korg iMS20 iPad App. Thanks to @jayzombie and the #nerdbird on the way to SXSW this year for helping me come up with the idea. Thanks to @somnabulent for the idea of live scoring. Thanks to you for actually reading this far. You are a champion.

[source: this tweet from @MarkPowell001]

Blogger's Disclaimer: lenskirt is a planet5D sponsor but it still would have helped make a better video and I would have said it anyway.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Great idea Mark! Congrats. However, I’d like you to join with me and initiate a movement to ban the word “awesome” whenever referring to any movie or video technique.

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      Charles, I assume you’re aiming the ‘awesome’ remark at me – ’cause I wrote it ;)

      You’re right – I probably do use it too much – but then again, there are some amazing videos coming out lately (is amazing used less than awesome? HA!)

  2. Actually, that was awesome ;) I haven’t reavelled OS for many years and that vid awoke some long forgotten memories, so thanks heaps.
    About the word awesome, could you please let us know when Mitch can you it? Is there a website with more info? Also what other words are acceptable, perhaps there is a list? :P

  3. I thinkyou should have a link on your site called “awesome stuff” and update that with all the awesome videos you find!
    Like this one.

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