I am currently working on further developing my astronomical photography skills by adding time-lapse videos and film animations of the rotating Milky Way over the nighttime landscape.
For this I use a second camera with a programmable remote shutter control that automatically records images at constant intervals throughout the night.
Time-lapse sequences are becoming an integral part of my work. I see this as a consequent development from photography to videography.
The first video that will appear on this page is an animation of 420 consecutive shots.
It shows the rotation of the Milky Way over the iconic Matterhorn in Switzerland during the night of the Perseid meteor shower at new moon in August 2015.
That night I had the good fortune to capture 43 bright shooting stars falling across the skies above the Matterhorn.
Another application of time-lapse videos I am working on is thunderstorms.
After finding the perfect locations in the Hamburg area, I wait for the perfect thunderstorm squall line to form with high lightning activity before the rain sets in.
As a trained meteorologist, I am always fascinated by time-lapse animations of clouds in the mountains, especially in situations with impressive lenticular foehn clouds over mountain peaks.
I am very much looking forward to releasing my first movie about the rotating Milky Way with the falling shooting stars over the Matterhorn to open this new gallery.
Until this release, here is a static star-tracked image of the Matterhorn under the Milky Way, mirrored in the Stellisee lake.