San Francisco to Paris in 2 Minutes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 14 Apr 2011

If you ever wanted to know what a two-minute time-lapse of a guy's flight from San Francisco to Paris with aurora borealis, aka the Northern Lights happening at some point during that flight, then we have just the video for you.

According to the filmmaker, "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. Shot with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm - 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots. The flight path from SF to Paris goes well over greenland and the arctic circle, where you can see 'northern' lights from all sides of the plane, which explains why I could shoot them facing South.

"The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times 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."



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