Earth time-lapse shot from space

By Amy Middleton 7 November 2013
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Incredible images from the International Space Station were stitched together for this breathtaking video.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURED BY the International Space Station which orbits our planet are available for general use, so long as NASA is credited.

That’s why photographer Bruce Berry was able to create this stunning video, Time-lapse Earth.

“The time-lapse is composed of multiple still images to create a video effect,” says Bruce, who downloaded the original images from the NASA website.

Bruce used a variety of post-production techniques to create the effect of moving footage from hundreds of still images. He removed the noise and flickering that occurs between images, and finally polished the product in Adobe After Effects.

Seeing our planet from space

With this video, Bruce aimed to convey the sense of calm he felt when he first viewed the images.

“I felt they really emphasised just how small we are in the grand scheme of things, and put life’s little annoyances into perspective,” says Bruce. “I also got a sense of calm from the feeling of gliding and looking down at our planet below.”

An astronomy enthusiast since childhood, Bruce cherished the opportunity to combine two of his passions – space exploration and photography – into one project.

“I’ve always wondered what the Earth and our solar system would look like from space.”

Luckily for Bruce, he didn’t have to wonder long. 


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