Once again, Martin Heck has done a great job in showcasing our planet on film. He’s back in Chile again, this time in the Atacama Desert.

It’s been a while since we had a post in the Our Planet Series. In fact, the last one was back in January. However, this was worth the wait.

As Heck comments on the YouTube page for this video, “[t]he Atacama desert is home to the darkest and cleanest skies in the world.” He goes on to say:

A view to the nightsky rewards with uncountable numbers of stars and fantastic nebulas in one of the most quiet a empty places on earth. Not a single noise distracts from the grand show the nightsky has to offer.

The environment is harsh though. Filmed in freezing temperatures, altitudes up to 5000m/16000ft, salt lakes and icy slopes, the Atacama is not friendly to life and equipment. Though it provides without doubt for epic and vast vistas of one of the greatest landscapes on earth.

Do yourself a favour and watch this film on full-screen on the biggest screen you have available.


TimeStorm Films: ‘Nox Atacama’

Other Time-Lapse Films by Martin Heck

Martin Heck is a New Zealander, and I’ve posted seven of his time lapse films on this country in the last couple of years, a list of which you can find here. In addition, there are these five from around the world (below). I’m pretty sure there are some that haven’t made it onto Heather’s Homilies (my fault), but I will fix that in the future.


The Dolomites

Swiss Alps

Calbuco Volcanic Eruption


Equipment and Music

For those who understand this stuff, here’s the equipment list from the YouTube page:

Cameras: 2x Sony A7RII, Sony A7s, Canon 6D
Lenses: Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4, Canon 11-24mm f4, Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Zeiss Milvus 35mm f2, Canon 70-200mm f4
Motion-Control: eMotimo Spectrum ST4, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero, iOptron Star Tracker

‘You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly’ – Mattia Cupelli: http://mattiacupelli.weebly.com/

Contact Details:

CONTACT: martin[@]timestormfilms.net
WEBSITE: http://www.timestormfilms.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TimestormFilms
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/martin_heck/



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