The International Space Station Expedition 30 crew has shot some truly awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences flying over practically every square mile of the globe.

I downloaded the high-resolution image sets that have been made available and constructed this short time-lapse piece in hi-res 2K project format. I was amazed at how clean the Nikon D3S images turned out (even at ISO 3200 and above) which kept the post-processing requirements to a minimum.

Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center available from:

Cameras: Nikon D2X and D3S

Lenses: 28-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 28mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4

Technique: The majority of the images were shot at 1 second intervals, ISO 200-12800.

Post Processing:

:: Downloaded more than 16K hi-res images from NASA for this project

:: Image sets adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 3.6

:: Image sets imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 2K 24p project

:: Used GBDeflicker for the image sets with shorter exposure times. Highly recommended:

:: Exported as 2048x1024 24p MP4 @ 75Mbps

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