The Art of Night – The Photography of Mark Gee

After Dark – Astrophotography Time-lapse

I spend many hours under the night sky photographing the stars above. This time-lapse video is a collection of some of my most memorable experiences under the stars over the past year. All of the footage you see here was shot in the Wellington region on the North Island of New Zealand.

I put this time-lapse together for the 2015 NZ Geographic competition, as it is the first year they have a time-lapse category, so I’ll see how it goes.

There are a couple of unique motion control shots in there where I attempted to match the rotation of my motion control rig to the rotation of the earth, locking the stars in place as you see the earth rotate, as well as shooting from day to night, and night to day for those particular shots.

For the motion control, I used a Syrp Genie for linear motion, coupled with the Genie Mini for the rotating motion.

This one minute of time-lapse footage represents around 13 hours of capture time, and is made up of 1440 individual photos.

You can also read a short interview I did about this time-lapse featured on the BBC Earth website:

After Dark from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

2 Responses to “After Dark – Astrophotography Time-lapse”

  1. Magnificent shots. The night sky and stars are perfectly photographed. You are a super professional!

  2. Michael says:


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