Rear Window Time lapse Video will blow your mind!!

To anyone who have seen Rear Window you’ll know that Jimmy Stewart has an unlimited view of the tenements behind him but of course we, as the viewer didn’t get to see the whole picture. Not any more. Moving out of the limitations of the camera lens from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, pure genius Jeff Desom has put together an incredible Time lapse composition of all the available shops showing Jimmy Stewart’s full view throughout the film. Absolutely mesmerising and one of the best things I’ve seen this year online.

Time Lapse Footage of a Comic Con

This is a bit of an old vid but as we’re approaching the UK convention season I thought it’d be fun to throw it up for anyone who has never been to an event. Back in 2010 the organisers of the MCM Expo decided to film the entire 4 days of their convention (2 days of set up, 2 days of con) and speed it up so that it all fitted into 6 minutes. While you’ll probably end up skipping ahead a few times, it is fascinating to see just how much work goes on behind the scenes at these mega-events and the sheer number of people that fill up the venue when the doors finally open is worth a look in itself.

If this has whetted your appetite for checking out a comic con then remember that you can catch Steve and I at the following conventions this year:

Demoncon, Maidstone, Kent
Kapow, London
MCM Expo, London
London Film & Comic Con, London
Thought Bubble, Leeds

There’s bound to be a few more to announce as we go, so keep an eye on the site for updates.


Dropping Science: Yosemite in HD

It’s been a little while since I gave some space to landscape photography here on Dropping Science so I figured it was time to rectify that. There are few things that get me more excited about the possibilities of space than a good piece of time-lapse footage of the milky way and Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty’s study of Yosemite National Park certainly fits that criteria.

Captured using the Canon 5D Mark II, the film showcases some of the best aspects of one of the world’s greatest beauty spots. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Yosemite in the past and seeing it again here, my breath is taken away all over again.

You can find out more about the project on their website.


Dropping Science: What Does it Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth?


As promised, here is the second recent video from the International Space Station (ISS). This week we have time lapse footage taken by the station as it passes over the earth at night. Cities become fiery pits of light and lightning strikes flash out into space like the beacon of a lighthouse.

The recording begins over the Pacific and then heads roughly southwards across the Americas and down into Antarctica where it hits dawn. If you’re interested in playing “name that glowing dot” some of the cities and landmarks passed along the way are (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.


As a reminder, we’re down at the Entertainment Media Show with David Tennant today and tomorrow. If you want to meet the good Doctor or pick up a signed copy of our own comic, please drop by to Earls Court.

Dropping Science: Tempest Milky Way

I figured it had been a while since we last had some stunning footage of the night sky. Fortunately I recently discovered this video by Randy Halverson which easily sits alongside some of the very best such videos. As always, here’s a little bit from the man himself:

One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm with stars shots. The opportunity doesn’t come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it.

As a special Easter egg , pause the video around the 1:57 mark for a glimpse of a Whitetail Buck appearing on the horizon. The animal poked around near the camera for about 10 mins but when translated to the full speed film, it’s gone in a flash.



Dropping Science: Terje Sorgjerd’s The Arctic Light.

This feature does kinda stray at times into “Dropping stunning photography” but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Regular visitors to the blog will know what a fan I am of the work of Terje Sorgjerd and so it was probably only a matter of time before I had to post up his most recent work. Filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway, this is one of Sorgjerd’s finest works to date. I’d strongly suggest going to the vimeo page for this vid once you’ve finished here and reading his full account of the expedition, it’s true pioneer photography. Here’s a small snippet:

“Based on previous experience, I knew this was going to be a very difficult trip. Having lost a couple of cameras and some other equipment up there before, it was crucial to bring an extra set of everything. I also made sure I had plenty of time in case something went wrong. If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller, camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence – it all proved bit of a challenge.”

We’re at the London Film and Comic Con all this weekend. Follow @danthompson2099 for regular updates.



Dropping Science: Timelapse Cityscape

You may have gathered by now that I rather love timelapse photography but with the quality of work that’s flying around at the moment that’s hardly surprising. This is an amazing piece by Canadian photographer, Dominic Boudreault which – in his own words – attempts “to show the duality between city and nature.”

It was shot from late 2010 to early 2011 in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Chicago and, of course, New York.

Be sure to whack the volume up before watching for a bit of Hans Zimmer goodness!


Dropping Science: Time Lapse Video of The Milky Way

Terje Sorgjerd is a Norwegian photographer who, while trekking on Spain’s tallest mountain, El Teide, decided to shoot some time lapse footage of the sky. El Teide is known as being on of the best places on earth to observe the wonders of space and the result of his efforts is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen in many a year.

I’m going to try and keep finding fun space related stuff to post up every Saturday here, so check back next week. I’ve got a pretty good one in mind.

Have a good weekend!