Lonely Speck featured on National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase

I’m proud to announce that National Geographic has featured our recent short film On Photographing the Milky Way in their Short Film Showcase!

If you’d like to see it there, click here. You can also check out the video right here:

Diana and I put together the video as a side project to one of our tutorials: Motion Timelapse of the Milky Way. It took about three days of filming the live-action stuff and several months of timelapse shooting to complete the final montage. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried shooting hyperlapse footage of the Milky Way (maybe even the first ever hyperlapse of the milky way? who knows). It was a feat that required hours of manually moving the tripod one foot at a time, every 15 seconds between exposures in the pitch black. It was a ton of work to complete the final film and I’m so happy to have it picked up by one of my favorite publications.

If you want to read more about my thoughts on venturing out in the dark, check out the Original Post: On Photographing the Milky Way.

Thanks so much to all of you, our readers and supporters for making this possible!


About the Video

View it on: Vimeo or YouTube

Video and Photography by Ian Norman and Diana Southern

Music Coach and His Team on Cinematic Volume 5 Drama Soundtracks by Grégoire Lourme

Shot on location in Reno, Nevada with the Sony a7S  mounted with the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton via the Voigtlander VM-E Adapter

Shot in Sony SLog2 and Graded in Final Cut Pro X with LUT Utility
Graded with the Film-Like1 LUT from Alister Chapman
Night video shots were made at f/1.4 and ISO 51,200 at 24 frames per second.

Motion Control with the Dynamic Perception Stage One Slider and Stage R

Timelapse footage and stills made with the following equipment:


Sony a7S
Canon EOS 6D
Fujifilm X-T1


Rokinon 24mm f/1.4
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 II
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R


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15 Replies to “Lonely Speck featured on National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase”

  1. Amazing! Thanks for sharing and giving us a better view of our celestial neighbors and be humbled by how large the Milky Way is, and what lies beyond that. Keep up the great work and congrats on being featured on National Geographic.

  2. Congratulations , well done. I am an editor for NBC partners for more than 20 years, and believe me when I say, you are awesome. thanks for the tutorials. Down here in South Florida is too hard to find the Milky Way, but I am on my way to fulfill one of my dreams in photography thanks to your tutorials and the gear I bought based on your recommendations.

    Five stars for you guys.

    1. I get the impression that more than one of you white boys went through a dreadlock wearing phase along with parties in the funny smoke filled ro.mo..sLol, not much sadder than that; reminds me of that Chappelle skit about the blind black guy who was a KKK leader.

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