Glowing Cities Under a Nighttime Sky

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On my night time flight back to SF from Amsterdam, I noticed that the lights from cities were making the clouds glow. Really spectacular and ethereal - it was really seeing the impact of urban environments from a different perspective. Each glow or squiggle represents one town or city!

Luckily the flight was half empty, so I was able to set up an improvised stabilizer mound made up of my bags, pillows, and blankets for my camera to sit on.

We were around the midwest at the beginning of the clip, and there were fewer cities once we hit the rockies. the bridge at the end is the san mateo bridge.

Technique: 1600iso; beginning - 1 (30sec) exposure / 45secs; end - 1 (4sec) exposure / 10 secs; total elapsed time: around 3 hours?

Equipment used: Nikon D300 (interval shooting mode), Tokina 12-24mm.

Music: Bloc Party - Signs

*Update 2-2-09, 12am: just made it over 50k views! thanks guys for all the kind comments and support!!

*Update 4-15-09: over 100,000 views!!! Yaaay!

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  1. lydiargh 40 months ago | reply

    I love this song, it fits it beautifully :) very peaceful and calming.

  2. Juan Camilo+Ortiz 36 months ago | reply

    M a g n i f i c video.......................Fantastic work!!!!!!!!

  3. Toygun Çetin 36 months ago | reply

    really awesome!

  4. Toygun Çetin 36 months ago | reply

    really nice idea!! :)

  5. GσℓdεŋCяσt∂ℓσ 26 months ago | reply

    I invite your wonderful video to my new group.
    Thank you.

  6. JayD Photography 25 months ago | reply

    wow...great vid! Music goes very well!

  7. chouchiri 24 months ago | reply


  8. frutor83 22 months ago | reply

    es de los mejores videos que e visto por aqui y excelente fondo musical.

  9. Grouchy Filipina 18 months ago | reply

    nice video. and yay! for bloc party!!!

  10. nuriapase 16 months ago | reply

    wow , genial

  11. orich 15 months ago | reply

    Video and music score are totally creative, well done!

  12. amarcord108 12 months ago | reply

    Very beautifully done!

  13. amarcord108 12 months ago | reply

    One of the things that makes this video so wonderful is your skill in keeping the wing in the same part of the frame for the entire segment. Makes a nice stable reference against the brilliant movement below.

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