From San Francisco to Paris in Two Minutes: Aurora Borealis Timelapse [Video]

Youtube user Nbolt shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris, and then put it all together in this time-lapse video.

Photographer Nate Bolt set up his camera and tripod on his flight from San Francisco International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. He shot 2,459 photos, at intervals of one every two miles, about a click every 30 seconds, for 11 hours.

“The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times which the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear,” according to the Bolt’s YouTube page.

At the end of the video you get a glimpse of how this video was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR camera with 16mm – 35mm lens attached to a tripod, and controlled with a timelapse controller. Making the video even more special is the fact that its creator was using the Korg iMS20 iPad app throughout the flight to mix the score live.

You may be wondering how he got approval to shoot during the taxi take-off and landing, what with the strict rules about using electronic devices and all. Nate Bolt said that “the photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times which the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear.”

While it might not be the “real” thing from start to finish, Bolt’s efforts make for a catchy clip. It’s a reminder of what’s going on out there while everyone is snoozing with the airplane shades pulled down, and it’s worth a watch. [via Mashable and Gizmodo]

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