A History of the British Sky

I have compiled the following time-lapse video, inspired by Ken Murphy’s “A History of the Sky”.  Ken’s time-lapse is actually a mosaic of 360 smaller individual movies, each showing the San Francisco sky throughout a single day.  The result is a brilliant and unique visualisation of an entire year of weather in just a few minutes.

I present Her Majesty’s equivalent, “A History of the British Sky”, recorded from the top of a building near the Welsh border.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the time taken to process over 3 million individual photographs is repaid ten times over in this video.  Such a wealth of information in one view; it’s a feast for the eyes.  You can see the change in the length of the British day, for example. And you can clearly pick out the season of summer.

EDIT: Positive responses to A History of the British Sky:

“I always knew you could get different shades of grey, but never so many different types of grey.” -Gordon

“I can see summer! It’s up in the top-right!” -Tina

“This particular year looks drier than most.” -Margaret

Seriously though, I’d like to thank Ken for his original and actually genuine creation, which, unlike my version, took an awful lot of commitment and skill to pull off.  Such a cool idea!

Transit of Venus 2012 time-lapse

Venus passed in front of the sun on 6th June 2012, and all the while I was happily photographing it from tropical North Queensland.  Here is the time-lapse of all the photos I took throughout the day.  The music is by Kevin Macleod – thanks Kevin! Continue reading