The night’s sky has fascinated people for thousands of years. It’s one of the most stunning, magical and changeable things on Earth, and that’s why so many photographers spend hours trying to capture a perfect shot of it.
One British-born photographer who now lives in British Columbia, Canada, recently used time-lapse photography to capture a series of incredible images of the Milky Way and the results are simply stunning.
In order to capture the shots, photographer Christian Sasse found a new way of using the time-lapse function on his camera. He writes:
You can create incredible patterns by superimposing the Milky Way in the Southern Hemisphere in intervals of five min[utes] and more, all the way up to four hours.
In total, he took more than 1250 images of the galaxy at Siding Spring Observatory in April 2017 over a 10-hour period. Each shot was taken on 30-second-long exposures. He then layered the images to create a variety of styles.
While star trail images are relatively popular, Sasse revealed that he had never seen any which were created using different intervals. He told Caters News:
I was surprised that no one seemed to have done this before—I found no prior reference. You can overlay the images in Photoshop or any star trail software, the results are very similar. By choosing different intervals between images the resulting pattern changes dramatically.
Shooting a traditional star trail washed away the Milky Way itself, he said, but when he changed the intervals between successive images from 30 seconds to 50 minutes or more, the galaxy was more visible.
Alongside his incredible night time shots, Sasse also shoots wildlife. Some of his most renowned photos show the majestic golden eagle in flight. Take a look here.