The International Space Station Expedition 30 crew shot some truly awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences flying over practically every square mile of the globe.

I downloaded the high-resolution image sets made available by the NASA Johnson Space Center and constructed this short time-lapse film in hi-res 2K project format. I was amazed at how clean the Nikon D3S images turned out (even at ISO 3200 and above) which kept the post-processing requirements to a minimum.

Here’s a list of the time-lapse sequences used:

:: 20120303 Kenya to the Aurora Australis
:: 20120310 Atlantic Ocean East to New Zealand
:: 20120304 Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean 2
:: 20120310 Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean
:: 20120208 Aurora Borealis from the Pacific Ocean to the U.S. Coast
:: 20120310 Over the Terminator
:: 20120204 Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S
:: 20120304 Central United States at Daytime
:: 20120204 Aurora Borealis over Canada
:: 20120310 ISS from Atlantic Ocean to Ukraine
:: 20120202 Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean
:: 20120203 Aurora Borealis from U.S. to Atlantic Ocean
:: 20120202 Aurora Borealis over Canada
:: 20120205 Over the Northern United States and Canada
:: 20120310 Heading Towards Aurora Australis
:: 20120102 Looking Nadir Central America to New England
:: 20120109 Moonset over the Atlantic Ocean
:: 20120102 Mediterranean Sea to Kazakhstan
:: 20120101 Down the Persian Gulf at Night
:: 20120129 Aurora Borealis over Northern North America and Canada
:: 20120122 Aurora Borealis from Pacific Ocean
:: 20111230 Africa to Kazakhstan
:: 20120102 Mongolia to the Sea of Okhotsk
:: 20111229 Day Pass over the Dunes in Africa to Snow-Covered Kazakhstan
:: 20111231 South Atlantic Ocean to Iran
:: 20120130 Central Great Plains at Night
:: 20111211 Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean
:: 20120204 Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S
:: 20120201 Aurora Borealis over the Atlantic Ocean

Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center available here.

Cameras: Nikon D2X and D3S

Lenses: 28-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 28mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4

Technique: The majority of the images were shot at 1 second intervals, ISO 200-12800.

Post Processing:
:: Downloaded more than 16K hi-res images from NASA for this project
:: Image sets adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 3.6
:: Image sets imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 2K 24p project
:: Used GBDeflicker for the image sets with shorter exposure times. Highly recommended.
:: Exported as 2048×1024 24p MP4 @ 35Mbps

Soundtrack: “Rallying the Defense” by machinimamound.com licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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